Relational primary care 02/09/08
To respond to the new health challenges of the twenty-first century we need to foster relationships over decades to allow the co-creation of good outcomes. A system where relationships of trust are central to the endeavour may be better placed to create health than the sickness service in operation today
Society has gained hugely from the legacy of the Enlightenment, but it is difficult to see how the current socio-economic system can overcome the challenges of climate change, peak oil and economic turmoil. Is it time to find a new course for society to take?
What's the relationship between individual, social and planetary well-being? We explore what a range of organisations and thinkers have to say on the subject.
Philosopher Marshall Berman tells us that ‘To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world — and, at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are’. Sociologist Zygmunt Bauman helps explain why.
‘Peak oil’ is inevitable. When energy scarcity becomes apparent we should be ready to act as advocates for a system that produces equity and health, opposing those that will champion economic priorities.
Walk don't run 08/09/06
That health promotion woman was saying how important it was to get more exercise. But the road safety man would have a hairy canary if he thought we were cycling!
Obesity: the elephant in the corner 24/12/05
The year is 2055. Socrates is discussing the history of the western obesity epidemic with Panacea, the goddess of healing.
Upsetting the apple cart 26/08/05
Some of our established ways of doing things in and through public sector organisations now offer diminishing returns. We wondered how a new way of working might begin to take shape in a public health department.
We could see an increasing polarisation of Scottish society into a well-off elite, who exercise at expensive health clubs and exhibit fashionable moderation at the dining table, and a less healthy majority who lack the money, opportunity or motivation to engage with the interventions we are offering.