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Leadership in primary health care: An international perspective

McMurray, A. (2007) Leadership in primary health care: An international perspective. Contemporary Nurse, 26 (1). pp. 30-36.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/conu.2007.26.1.30
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Abstract

A primary health care approach is essential to contemporary nursing roles such as practice nursing. This paper examines the evolution of primary health care as a global strategy for responding to the social determinants of health. Primary health care roles require knowledge of, and a focus on social determinants of health, particularly the societal factors that allow and perpetuate inequities and disadvantage. They also require a depth and breadth of leadership skills that are responsive to health needs, appropriate in the social and regulatory context, and visionary in balancing both workforce and client needs. The key to succeeding in working with communities and groups under a primary health care umbrella is to balance the big picture of comprehensive primary health care with operational strategies for selective primary health care. The other essential element involves using leadership skills to promote inclusiveness, empowerment and health literacy, and ultimately, better health.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Nursing & Midwifery
Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
Copyright: © eContent Management Pty Ltd.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10371
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