Health promotion aims to encourage and support individuals, families and communities to have a healthy lifestyle that reduces the risk of illness or disease.

An ideal form of comprehensive primary health care, articulated through the Alma Ata Declaration (1978), includes active health promotion and action on the social determinants of health.

The Indigenous community-controlled primary health care sector has embraced the concept of comprehensive primary health care and health promotion, but re-orienting health services that are based on a medical model is challenging.

Menzies' research applies a systems thinking approach to find ways of better integrating health promotion into primary health care, and to ensure systematic planning, actioning and evaluation of health promotion.

Our research focus:
  •  To apply continuous quality improvement (CQI) approaches to health promotion in Indigenous health care.
  •  To enhance the use of evidence-based tools, resources and training in Indigenous health promotion.
Our research impact:
Key staff:
  • Lyn O’Donoghue
  • Alison Laycock.
  • Northern Territory Department of Health
  • The Lowitja Institute
  • James Cook University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • La Trobe University.