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Kilpatrick, S 2008 , 'Community engagement and working with government', paper presented at the Inaugural Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, 6-8 July 2008, Brisbane.

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Community engagement in health care can occur from policy to local community levels. It is consistent with
democracy. A systems perspective can see consumers engaged to legitimise government agendas. Often
community participation is via consultation instead of partnership or delegation. A community development
approach to engagement can empower communities to take responsibility for their own health care.
Understanding rural place facilitates alignment between health programs and community, assists incorporate
community resources into health care and provides information about health needs. Rural communities, health
services and other community organisations need skills in working together to develop effective partnerships
that transfer some power from health systems. Rural engagement with national/state agendas is a challenge.
Community engagement takes time and resources, but can be expected to lead to better health outcomes for
rural residents.

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Authors/Creators:Kilpatrick, S
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