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Creating wellbeing through social enterprise and social innovation in Scotland. What can Australia learn?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00
Swinburne University of Technology
AGSE202 Lecture Theatre Level 2, AGSE Building, 50 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn
Melbourne VIC

Join visiting academics, Dr Sarah-Anne Munoz, University of the Highlands and Islands and Professor Michael Roy, Glasgow Caledonian University, who will discuss their work and initiatives in the UK, Europe and with the Scottish Government.

Does the Third Sector Support Health and Wellbeing in Remote and Rural Communities?

Dr Sarah-Anne Munoz

This presentation draws from Sarah-Anne’s 12+ years of working with Scotland’s remote and rural communities in participatory and action research projects. It gives an overview of trends that she has observed relating to the shifting role of the third sector in supporting health and wellbeing within these communities. Sarah-Anne considers the policy context and the different ways in which the third sector has increasingly taken on the role of rural service ‘provider’ as the public sector has become ‘commissioner’. She also explores the different ways in which rural third sector organisations that are providing services other than health and care are, nevertheless, intimately connected to individual and community health and wellbeing in rural areas. The presentation also draws on findings from Sarah-Anne’s work that explore the ‘darker’ side of the rural third sector such as volunteer fatigue and organisational fragility. The presentation concludes with consideration of methods that could be used to monitor and measure the generation of health and wellbeing, involving servicces in rural communities.

The Health and Wellbeing Impacts of Social Enterprise

Professor Michael Roy

This presentation will focus on the role of social enterprise as a form of ‘non obvious’ public health actor. Because community-based and led social innovations such as social enterprises often fall outside of what we would normally consider as being part of ‘formal’ public health systems, this poses significant challenges to research and evaluation. Systematic reviews, conceptual papers and a growing number of empirical studies have shown that social enterprises impact on ‘upstream’ social determinants of health through combining a hybrid mix of resources from the market, community and state. But where next for this emerging field of inter- and cross- disciplinary study?