Health Care Model Of Care

3345 Words Aug 11th, 2014 14 Pages
Health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a ‘state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ (Dempsey, French, Hillege & Wilson, 2009). With the various health inequalities within Australia the WHO developed the ‘Primary Health Care Model’ with a key goal of developing “better health for all” (World Health Organization, 2014). The Primary Health Care model is the first level of care in which individuals have contact with the health care system which is managed by various health professionals outside of the hospital such as your local General Practitioner (GP). The Primary Health Care model provides therapeutic treatments in cooperation with promotional, preventative and rehabilitative services at a cost that the community can afford. Whereas the ‘biomedical model of care’ focuses on the physical processes that effect health and does not involve the psychological, environmental or social factors that can also have a huge impact of an individual’s health status. This essay will focus on obesity and how the Primary Health Care model and the social determinants of health are affecting obesity levels within Australia. Health promotion is a major factor of the Primary Health Care model and needs to be embraced by as many health workers as possible to have the best outcomes for the community. Overall, if there is a strong Primary Health Care system there will be lower death rates, as well…
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