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Social work practice for promoting health and wellbeing

ByLiz Beddoe, Jane Maidment

Health is intrinsically part of being human – we experience our lives with our bodies and minds. The quality of our lives is inextricably bound up with our health and wellbeing which, in turn, incorporates physical, psychological, emotional, cultural, social and spiritual dimensions. Since the inception of the World Health Organisation (WHO), health has been conceptualised as broadly encompassing these dimensions and thus as much more than the absence of disease (WHO, 1948).