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‘It’s not therapy, it’s gardening’: community gardens as sites of comprehensive primary healthcare

Marsh, P ORCID: 0000-0002-4371-2628, Brennan, S and Vandenberg, MD 2018 , '‘It’s not therapy, it’s gardening’: community gardens as sites of comprehensive primary healthcare' , Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. 24, no. 4 , pp. 337-342 , doi: 10.1071/PY17149.

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Using a participatory research framework, researchers at the Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania, explored the potential of Community Gardens to function as comprehensive primary healthcare (CPHC) environments. Community gardeners, coordinators, volunteers and Neighbourhood House coordinators discussed their understandings of the health benefits of community gardens, how they contribute to broad CPHC aims and the barriers and enablers to greater CPHC contributions in the future. This research identifies therapeutic features of Community Gardens and explores the correlations between these and CPHC. It is concluded that there are strong synergies between the aims and activities of Community Gardens and CPHC. To augment the therapeutic capacity of these sites requires adequate resourcing and skill development, suitable design, funding and policy support, along with innovative partnerships with health professionals.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Marsh, P and Brennan, S and Vandenberg, MD
Keywords: community gardens, therapeutic horticulture, comprehensive primary health, social support, mental health
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Primary Health
Publisher: C S I R O Publishing
ISSN: 1448-7527
DOI / ID Number: 10.1071/PY17149
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Copyright 2018 The Authors

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