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Community Health and Wellness 5th edition represents contemporary thinking and research in community health and wellness from Australia, New Zealand and the global community. It challenges students and health professionals to become more acutely aware of the primary health care (PHC) environments in which they work in order to gain an understanding of what is socially determining the health of the individuals, families and communities within their care. With an increased focus on community assessment and working with groups, the text introduces the SDH Assessment Circle-a new model for community assessment as a tool for working with communities to promote health and wellbeing. An engaging new case study running through all chapters provides an opportunity for students to relate context to practice and encourages discussion of the social determinants of health (SDH). The Mason family in Australia and the Smiths in New Zealand, both fly-in fly-out (FIFO) families, feature in each chapter to highlight a range of PHC issues and the SDH influencing their home lives, their respective communities and the challenges they face.
Jill Clendon is a registered nurse, currently working as nursing policy adviser and researcher for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. She is also Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Jill spent the 12 years previous to her current position in nursing education, teaching at both undergraduate and post graduate levels with a specific interest in primary health care and child and family health. Jill's research has examined the efficacy of community-based nurse-led clinics, and the historical and contemporary context of community-based well child care in New Zealand. Her current work centres on nursing workforce issues and models of care. Jill holds a PhD in Nursing from Massey University, a Masters of Philosophy in Nursing from Massey University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Auckland University. She completed her Diploma of Comprehensive Nursing at Waikato Polytechnic in 1993. Jill is a member of the College of Nurses (Aotearoa). In her spare time, Jill runs a volunteer after-hours nurse-led clinic in Nelson, is Chairperson of the Victory Community Health Centre Board, a local community-led health initiative, and enjoys mountain biking, orienteering, tramping and skiing with her family.