One dimension of social work's contribution to tackling health inequalities is to focus on preventive interventions that both build and build on the resources of disadvantaged local communities to benefit their health. This chapter offers three contrasting examples of preventive social-work intervention and health promotion from very different social contexts in Australia, China, and Hong Kong. Section 11.1 analyses the context in which indigenous people of Australia experience an average life expectancy of some seventeen years less than that of the majority population. Section 11.2 discusses a joint Canadian–Chinese development programme, particularly focused on women's health, in rural Mongolia, where one response to poverty has been a large-scale exodus of men to seek work in cities. Finally, Section 11.3 reports on an intervention to build health-related social capital in Hong Kong through the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund, with social-work leaders.
Keywords: Australia; China; Hong Kong; social work; health inequalities; indigenous people; women's health; poverty; social capital; health promotion
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