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These posts relate to systems thinking, the approach we used to develop the W3 Framework.

The content here:

  • Provides background information to help you understand this approach
  • Highlights the ways we’ve used this approach in our own work
  • Describes how using this approach can help to understand, demonstrate, and improve the impact of peer work

These posts relate to systems thinking, the approach we used to develop the W3 Framework.

The content here:

  • Provides background information to help you understand this approach
  • Highlights the ways we’ve used this approach in our own work
  • Describes how using this approach can help to understand, demonstrate, and improve the impact of peer work

To understand the role of peer work — and if it is being effective — we need to understand the system in which it is taking place. Indeed, needing to understand the system (or the bigger picture) is not just a challenge for peer work, but for all parts of public health.

Systems thinking is a way of understanding all kind systems, such as systems in nature, in society, or in organisations. Because of this, it has become an important approach in public health because it can help us understand relevant, complex systems like communities and the health sector and policy environment.

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Petrina Hilton

Systems thinking is an extremely important approach in public health. This post explains what it is and why it is so important.

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Petrina Hilton

We cover everything you need to understand the W3 Framework, which maps the role of peer work in a public health response.

W3 Framework

Stage 1 of the W3 Project used systems thinking to understand and describe peer work. Through this work, the W3 Framework was created.

W3 Guest Author

Drug user organisations can help influence policy to achieve hepatitis C elimination, but they need a supportive policy environment to do so. Co-authors and peer workers Charles Henderson and Annie Madden share their thoughts on the important messages in this paper.

W3 Framework

This presentation focuses on how systems thinking can help demonstrate the role of peer leadership in public health responses.

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