Prevention and Health Promotion

  • George R. Palmer
  • Stephanie D. Short


There are two main reasons for the increasing popularity of disease prevention and health promotion on the health policy agendas of Commonwealth and State governments during the current decade. The first stems from the fact that the therapeutic approach to health problems may be subject to the law of diminishing returns, that is, increased resources devoted to treatment produce progressively smaller increases in health status.


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© George R. Palmer and Stephanie D. Short 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • George R. Palmer
    • 1
  • Stephanie D. Short
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Health AdministrationUniversity of New South WalesAustralia
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of WollongongAustralia

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