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Understanding Australian policies on public health using social and political science theories: reflections from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop

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Understanding Australian policies on public health using social and political science theories : reflections from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop. / Baum, Fran; Graycar, Adam; Delany-Crowe, Toni et al.

In: Health Promotion International, Vol. 34, No. 4, 31.08.2019, p. 833-846.

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Baum, F, Graycar, A, Delany-Crowe, T, de Leeuw, E, Bacchi, C, Popay, J, Orchard, L, Colebatch, H, Friel, S, MacDougall, C, Harris, E, Lawless, A, McDermott, D, Fisher, M, Harris, P, Phillips, C & Fitzgerald, J 2019, 'Understanding Australian policies on public health using social and political science theories: reflections from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop', Health Promotion International, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 833-846. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day014

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Baum, F., Graycar, A., Delany-Crowe, T., de Leeuw, E., Bacchi, C., Popay, J., Orchard, L., Colebatch, H., Friel, S., MacDougall, C., Harris, E., Lawless, A., McDermott, D., Fisher, M., Harris, P., Phillips, C., & Fitzgerald, J. (2019). Understanding Australian policies on public health using social and political science theories: reflections from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop. Health Promotion International, 34(4), 833-846. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day014

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Baum F, Graycar A, Delany-Crowe T, de Leeuw E, Bacchi C, Popay J et al. Understanding Australian policies on public health using social and political science theories: reflections from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop. Health Promotion International. 2019 Aug 31;34(4):833-846. Epub 2018 Apr 19. doi: 10.1093/heapro/day014

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Baum, Fran ; Graycar, Adam ; Delany-Crowe, Toni et al. / Understanding Australian policies on public health using social and political science theories : reflections from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Workshop. In: Health Promotion International. 2019 ; Vol. 34, No. 4. pp. 833-846.

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