and freedom network
you can’t have freedom without health
And True health comes with freedom
are we: HnF network is a broad network of health care workers,
those who have an interest in health and a participants in health
and those who study and or teach health care theory or skills to
others. Some are community activists wanting to have a greater level
of participation in health rather than just being “consumers”. Others
are health care workers who participate in protests as “street medics”
and try to treat those wounded and promote safety and others are
academics or students who want critique and examine health itself
and it’s relationship with power and freedom. There is a broad spectrum
of people and groups involved at various levels from the theoretical
to the practical and in between All of us have a perspective of
health as a politicised state of being.
do we do: Because the area of health is so diverse and the perspectives
of health are equally diverse there wide range of activities which
the HnF network is involved in, some of these are:
-We facilitate linkages and other contacts between groups and
individuals with common interests.
-Some of us train protestors in basic wound care and trauma management
and protestor health and safety
-Some of us go to protests as “street medics” and provide primary
health care and first aid at both the front line and at rear first
-Some of us study health and write critquing health theories and
present information and papers at conferences
-Some of us “re-work” billboards to promote community health messages
-Some of us monitor the news and current affairs and document
and deseminate information on GATS and health care provitisation
to inform the community of the dangers of a privitized health
-Some of us are involved in protests and direct actions against
the profits of pharmacutical corporations and the arms industry.
-Some of us build participatory health into our practice and clinics.
Providing health care within state (and sometimes privatised)
health systems with the “patient” as an informed participant in
are our directions and goals: We recognise the declaration of
Alma Ata and the perspective of primary health care as being not
just the absence of disease or infirmity, but social political and
cultural involvement in society. We believe that in order for people
to have freedom that they must have health. That the control of
health resources and services by the dollar or by for-profit companies
does not support the the attainment of "real" health.
We acknowledge the work of social epideiologists and public health
theorists who cite health as initmately related to wealth and power.
Our goals are:
To promote the concept of health and it's relationship to freedom
To support the activities of other activists through first aid information
To facilitate a network of health workers, health students and health
participants to communicate and mobilise around health and freedom.