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Challenges in the development and monitoring of Health Promoting Schools

Louise Rowling (Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. She is the immediate past President of the Australian Health Promoting Schools Association.)
Vicki Jeffreys (Manager of the Health Promoting Schools Program for the Western Sydney Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia.)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Schools are recognised as key settings for health promotion. This has resulted in resources being allocated specifically for the development of Health Promoting Schools. If the existing level of resourcing is to continue, mechanisms for monitoring the effectiveness of Health Promoting Schools need to be designed that are appropriate for the concept. Currently, there is an emphasis on evidence‐based practice, but the difficulty lies in determining what is acceptable as evidence in the context of Health Promoting Schools, and what are the most appropriate methods for collecting this evidence. The disease‐prevention approach, with its emphasis on controlled trials and discrete outcomes is not appropriate. New models must be developed that reflect the multi‐variant and dynamic nature of the processes involved. Outlines principles that could guide this work and includes consideration of the some key health‐promotion principles, including equity, consultation, collaboration, ownership and sustainability, linking these with some newer concepts, such as capacity building and social capital, which are proving useful in the development, monitoring and evaluation of Health Promoting Schools.



Rowling, L. and Jeffreys, V. (2000), "Challenges in the development and monitoring of Health Promoting Schools", Health Education, Vol. 100 No. 3, pp. 117-123.




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