Community-Based Healthcare

The Search for Mindful Dialogues

  • Diane Tasker
  • Joy Higgs
  • Stephen Loftus

Part of the Practice, Education, Work and Society book series (PEWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Setting the Scene: Community-Based Healthcare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen Loftus, Diane Tasker
      Pages 3-8
  3. A Qualitative Study into Community-Based Therapeutic Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Diane Tasker, Joy Higgs
      Pages 11-24
    3. Diane Tasker
      Pages 25-32
    4. Diane Tasker
      Pages 33-52
    5. Diane Tasker, Joy Higgs
      Pages 53-66
  4. Community-Based Healthcare: Lived Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Mark Horton, Diane Tasker
      Pages 69-74
    3. Tania De Bortoli, Diane Tasker, Catherine Murray
      Pages 75-80
    4. Helen Fenech, Jackie Finlayson, Diane Tasker
      Pages 81-86
    5. Gabrielle Klymenko
      Pages 87-92
    6. Katriona Herborn
      Pages 93-98
    7. Tania De Bortoli, Bronwyn Couch, Diane Tasker
      Pages 99-104
    8. Sharyn Williams, Diane Tasker
      Pages 105-110
    9. Kathleen Mccarthy, Diane Tasker
      Pages 111-116
    10. Maria Fitzgerald
      Pages 117-122
    11. Debbie Horsfall, Joy Higgs
      Pages 123-132
    12. Jane Meiklejohn
      Pages 133-138
  5. Ways Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Alfred De Leeuw, Chris Atkins
      Pages 141-148
    3. Anne Croker, Diane Tasker
      Pages 149-156
    4. Suzanne Alder
      Pages 157-166
    5. Helen Butlin
      Pages 167-176
    6. Angie Titchen, Diane Tasker
      Pages 177-186
    7. Joy Higgs, Diane Tasker
      Pages 187-196
    8. Stephen Loftus, Diane Tasker
      Pages 197-203
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-208

About this book


This is a book for practitioners working in community-based healthcare as well as educators of future practitioners and researchers exploring this practice field and for people with chronic disabilities and their families and carers. The book invites readers to re-think and re-shape the way that community-based healthcare is practised by practitioners and experienced/engaged with by clients/patients and their families and other carers. Based on a PhD study of therapeutic relationships in community healthcare settings in NSW, Australia, and on real-life experiences of practitioners, clients and clients’ families and care givers, this book paints a rich picture of the lived experiences of these participants in community-based healthcare. It examines the issues and challenges they face and the ways they deal with these. Key themes identified across the book are: the value and nature of relationships in this unique healthcare setting, the importance of time and using it well, the way good teamwork facilitates good community-based, patient-centred healthcare, balancing autonomy and equality with healthcare quality, practice wisdom embodied in healthcare, and ways of improving healthcare in clients’ own homes.


Mindfulness Dialogues Narratives Community Healthcare

Editors and affiliations

  • Diane Tasker
    • 1
  • Joy Higgs
    • 2
  • Stephen Loftus
    • 3
  1. 1.Education, Practice and Employability NetworkAustralia
  2. 2.Charles Sturt UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.Oakland UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information