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The Healthy community assessment tool project aimed to develop and trial a tool to measure, monitor and evaluate key social determinants of health at a community level in Australian rural and remote communities.
The tool was developed and piloted through a multi-phase and iterative process that involved a series of consultations with community members and key stakeholders, as well as trials of the tool in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory of Australia.
The tool can be used to assess a community's:
The Healthy community assessment tool offers a vehicle and process to help those involved in planning, service provision and more generally promoting improvements in community social determinants of health. The tool offers many potential uses and benefits for those seeking to address inequities in the social determinants of health in remote communities. Maximum benefits in using the tool are likely to be gained with cross-sector involvement and when assessments are part of a continuous quality improvement program.
Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research
Menzies School of Health Research
Senior Research Fellow