The challenge of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing the social determinants

Whiteside, Mary (2004) The challenge of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing the social determinants. Australian Social Work, 57 4: 381-393. doi:10.1111/j.0312-407X.2004.00168.x

Author Whiteside, Mary
Title The challenge of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing the social determinants
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
Publication date 2004-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.0312-407X.2004.00168.x
Volume 57
Issue 4
Start page 381
End page 393
Total pages 13
Editor N. Smith
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Taylor & Fancis
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730301 Health education and promotion
1607 Social Work
Abstract The importance of professional disciplines working together to address the critical social and health issues facing society today cannot be overstated. Policy makers, service providers and researchers have long been calling for greater interdisciplinary collaboration. Despite this there has been little systemic analysis of the constraints involved in such collaboration. Far too often disciplines continue to work in silos. This paper aims to analyse the barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration through a case study of the relationship between social work and public health. These two disciplines have a lot more in common than might first appear. There is real potential for social work and public health to work together and enhance each other's efforts to address their common goal of greater social equality. However, this will require a genuine commitment from both disciplines to develop a shared political analysis, common language and a framework for action, which utilises their respective strengths.
Keyword Health care
Public health care
Social & Economic Conditions
social work practice
Social Work Education
Q-Index Code C1

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