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Building healthy communities - a guide for community projects (2004)


Department of Health and Ageing


Department of Health and Ageing Australia




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This guide has been put together to help people running projects to address chronic disease in small rural communities. This guide is part of the Building healthy communities project.

The guide covers the main areas of managing a project under three sections:

  1. before you begin
  2. running a project
  3. winding up

It includes information on preparing a funding submission, planning the project and its evaluation, getting people involved, running the project and sustaining the project once the funding has ended. Examples are given throughout each stage to help. This includes what projects have achieved, how they were done, some of the problems faced and what they learnt.

There is an extra section on evaluation called 'More on evaluation'. To give further help on undertaking evaluation this section includes a step-by-step guide to evaluation planning, collecting and analysing the information and presenting results.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

When to use this resource

The publication is a guide for people in small rural communities who want to try new ways to make a difference in managing chronic disease at a local level. It is useful as background information for any person wanting to develop a project targetting chronic disease in a small rural community, who has little or no experience in this area.

This is not an Indigenous specific resource.

Contact details

Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555



Last updated: 5 June 2013
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