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What does your health mean to you? What features in society affect it? The tracks on this album explore influences such as stress, housing and employment on everyday health, and examines debates about the relative importance of individual lifestyles and looks at wider public-health concerns and the impact of changes in NHS policy and practice on the delivery of health care. Health is increasingly ‘everybody’s business’. This album will provide you with insight into the debates that surround human health, and will enable you to appreciate and review your own and alternative standpoints and values in this important area of study.

This material forms part of The Open University course K203 Working for health.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Working for health

A short introduction to this album.

© The Open University 2008

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Working for health    A short introduction to this album. Play now Working for health
2 Radical midwives    London midwives talk about their rebellion against new practices within the NHS, and why they set up the Association of Radical Midwives. Play now Radical midwives
3 Gene activists    Activists challenge the safety claims and the science behind the commercial exploitation of GM technology. Play now Gene activists
4 Surviving mental healthcare    A member of the All Wales User/Survivor Network challenges the medical model used by many health professionals to treat people with mental health issues. Play now Surviving mental healthcare
5 The Findhorn Community    Members of the Findhorn community in Scotland talk about their holistic approach to health and healthcare. Play now The Findhorn Community
6 Quality of health    Homeless people share personal views on what the quality of health means to them. Play now Quality of health
7 Doctors' views    Four doctors share views on health and their own interpretation of what it means for their patients Play now Doctors' views
8 Health and policy    Two community workers link views on health to policies in practice. Play now Health and policy
9 Childbirth: mothers' experiences    Mothers give differing views of their personal experience of childbirth and healthcare. Play now Childbirth: mothers' experiences
10 'Changing Childbirth'    Differing views from health professionals about the 'Changing Childbirth' policy introduced in the early 1990's Play now 'Changing Childbirth'
11 Health, culture and language    Understanding ethnic diversity within the 'Changing childbirth' policy. Views from mothers in the ethnic community. Play now Health, culture and language
12 Exercise and Health    Personal interpretations on the importance of health from an Olympic athlete and an elderly stroke sufferer. Play now Exercise and Health
13 Young at Heart    A group formed for the elderly highlights the importance of remaining active through exercise. Play now Young at Heart
14 Professional Athlete    One of Britain's most successful runners shares his views on exercise and health Play now Professional Athlete
15 Unemployed health gym    Members of a gym created to benefit the health of long term unemployed and disadvantaged people share their views. Play now Unemployed health gym
16 Creative Arts and Health    Projects established to improve the quality of health through the use of creative arts. Play now Creative Arts and Health
17 Art and health    Researchers evaluate the benefits of combining art with health. Play now Art and health
18 Opera and health    Homeless people using performing art to help maintain a degree of health and spread the meaning of homelessness and it's implications to the wider community. Play now Opera and health
19 Theatre and mental health    The Giggle Factory: utilising the power of theatre to help people who suffer from mental health problems. Play now Theatre and mental health
20 Evaluating the projects    Individuals involved in the running of art for health projects evaluate the link between creativity and health Play now Evaluating the projects
21 Homelessness    From Big issue sellers to people working with the homeless - people from Brighton talk about being homeless. Play now Homelessness
22 Responding to homelessness    Problems facing local authorities in responding to homelessness Play now Responding to homelessness
23 Helping the homeless    The roles performed by the Brighton Housing trust in helping the homeless with shelter and health matters. Play now Helping the homeless
24 Healthcare for the homeless    The problems involved with providing healthcare to the homeless Play now Healthcare for the homeless




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