Promoting Health, Advocacy Guide for Health Professional

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Teaching ourselves and patients to use anti-retrovirals is doable as long as we have a reliable supply of quality affordable drugs” Zambian Nurse “Teaching our children to cross the street safely is fine but slowing traffic by their school would really reduce the risk of accidents” Hungarian physiotherapist “Moving patients out of the hospital to the community is great as long as there are facilities and services available there” Australian doctor All of us have ideas and concerns about how we might do things differently, and better, on our wards, and in our hospitals and communities. All of us have our “wish lists” of policies, programmes and levels of funding that could lead to better health for our patients 1 and communities. Health advocacy is an individual and collective approach that health professionals can use to turn these ideas into generalised realities and to create positive health and social change.

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