Prevention or Patch up?
Linking Scientific Knowledge with Policy in Public Health: A model for building well-being
It is not necessary to consult tables of statistics to realise that Australia has a challenge to overcome in its health policy. It is sufficient simply to stand at the entrance to any metropolitan railway station and watch the passing parade of undernourished or overweight teenagers. Every very such individual is evidence that our society is not imparting sufficient life capacities to its families and that the health system is not a sufficiently effective safety net when life capacities are deficient.
A model for transitioning the population to sustainable well-being will be built up here, element by element, through focused essays and scientific articles. The model aims to apply scientific method systematically to a complex problem that has metaphysical, biophysical, socio-cultural, economic and governance dimensions.
Contributions welcome. There are several options:
- write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- for informal chat, use the form on the Discussion page
- for a narrative or essay, follow the simplified Well-being Narratives Style Guide
- for a scholarly research article destined for publication in Proceedings 130, conform to the more detailed style guide on the Proceedings 130 webpage.
FRONT MATTERS, INTRODUCTION and ‘FEASIBLE PATH’ GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK
Table of contents
Introduction and rationale for involvement of The Royal Society of Queensland
An explanation of the terms ‘health’, ‘well-being’ and ‘prevention’
Feasible paths – the framework around which the governance and policy aspects of the model will be structured.