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A missing ethical competency? A review of critical reflection in health promotion

Tretheway, Rebecca, Taylor, Jane, O'Hara, Lily and Percival, Nicole A. (2015). A missing ethical competency? A review of critical reflection in health promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia,26(3):216-221.

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Title A missing ethical competency? A review of critical reflection in health promotion
Author Tretheway, Rebecca
Taylor, Jane
O'Hara, Lily
Percival, Nicole A.
Journal Name Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1036-1073   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84952644220
Start Page 216
End Page 221
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Issue addressed: There is increasing emphasis in the health promotion literature on the ethical imperative for the profession to move towards critical practice. A key challenge for health promotion is that critical practice appears both under-developed and under-practiced. This is evident in the omission of critical reflection from Australian and international competencies for health promotion practitioners.

Methods: A narrative literature review was undertaken to explore the current use of critical reflection in health promotion. Critical reflection models relevant to health promotion were identified and critiqued.

Results: There was a dearth of literature on critical reflection within health promotion, despite recognition of its potential to support critical practice. The discipline of critical social work provided literature on the use, effect and outcome of critical reflection in practice. The interdisciplinary critical reflection model was identified as the model most applicable to health promotion. Underpinned by critical theory, this model emphasises both critical and ethical practice.

Conclusions: Critical reflection is a core competency for health promotion practitioners to address the ethical imperative to move towards critical practice. There is a need to explore the application of a critical reflection model in health promotion to determine how it may support critical and ethical practice.

So what?: If health promotion is to meet its ethical responsibilities, then critical reflection needs to be articulated as a core health promotion competency and a model for its application in health promotion developed.
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