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Experiencing "change" from within: situating the transition to primary health care in a remote Australian context

  • Year: 2002
  • Author: Lockhart, C
  • Journal Name: Australian Health Review
  • Journal Number: Vol. 25, No. 4
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Western Australia

The transition to primary health care (PHC) is often described in an idealized manner, which either ignores or obscures the experiences associated with its implementation at the local level. By adopting an anthropological perspective, this article highlights some of these experiences and the context within which they occur for one health care organisation in remote Western Australia. It specifically focuses on problems associated with economic rationalism, managerialism, and the inherently fragmented character of health service organisations. Such issues must be allowed to inform idealized PHC models in order to make them more applicable and attuned to local needs and realities.

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