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Rachel Mackay   Dr.  Undergraduate Student 
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Rachel Mackay published an article in October 2013.
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CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 5 Reads 0 Citations Sustainable Consumption of Healthcare: Linking Sustainable Consumption with Sustainable Healthcare and Health Consumer D... Rachel Mackay, Gregor Wolbring Published: 31 October 2013
Proceedings of The 3rd World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf3-i001
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The importance of sustainable consumption has received recent attention in light of the 2013 publication of the United Nations' Post 2015 Development Agenda. Sustainable consumption concerns itself with promoting and maintaining equilibrium between human need and existing resources in order to ensure the longevity and success of tomorrow's generations. Health care is human need and depends on resources. At the same time health clients increasingly want to be in the driver's seat with their health interventions; hence, the concepts of patient-driven healthcare and people driven health research have gained in popularity. We see movements towards a 'quantified self' (where people diagnose themselves), patient-driven healthcare and research models, and health social networks and participatory medicine with an active health technology market that makes consumer personalized medicine possible. Within the sustainable consumption framework the question is which health consumer desires are sustainable. The inclusion of health care and its relationship to sustainable consumption is vital as health care, a finite resource, is essential to good health and sustainable development, but can be negatively impacted by unsustainable consumption patterns. However although one obtains hits in Google or Google Scholar for terms such as "sustainable consumption", "health consumer", sustainable healthcare", "sustainability of healthcare" and "healthcare sustainability" one obtains no hits for the phrase "sustainable consumption of healthcare". In our contribution we posit to bring the sustainable healthcare, health consumer and sustainable consumption discourses together.
Article 2 Reads 6 Citations Disabled People and the Post-2015 Development Goal Agenda through a Disability Studies Lens Gregor Wolbring, Rachel Mackay, Theresa Rybchinski, Jacqueli... Published: 25 September 2013
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su5104152
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The purpose of this study was to examine the role and visibility of disabled people in the discourses of various global policy processes related to sustainable development and the Post-2015 development agenda. This article makes several recommendations for strengthening the role of disabled people in these discourses. The research addresses the question of how the disability community and sustainable development community relate to each other in these discourses. This study provides quantitative and qualitative data on three aspects of the relationship. One set of data highlights who is seen as a stakeholder in general and the visibility of disabled people in the social sustainability, sustainable consumption, Rio+20 and Post-2015 development agenda proposals discourses and what participants of the online consultation for a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond had to say about the issues of visibility of disabled people in development discourses. A second set of data illuminates the attitudes towards disabled people evident in the SD discourses including through the eyes of the participant of the online consultation for a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond. The final set of data compares the goals and actions seen as desirable for the advancement of SD evident in the SD literature covered and the online consultation for a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond. This study interpreted the data through a disability studies lens. The study found that disabled people were barely visible to invisible in the SD literature covered, that the goals and actions proposed in the SD discourses are of high relevance to disabled people but that these discussions have generally not been explicitly linked to disabled people. It found further that disabled people have clear ideas why they are invisible, what the problems with development policies are and what needs to happen to rectify the problems. It found also that there was a lack of visibility of various SD areas and goals within the disability discourse. This paper provides empirical data that can be used to further the goal of mainstreaming of disabled people into the SD and Post-2015 development discourses as asked for in various high-level UN documents. However, we posit that the utility of our paper goes beyond the disability angle. Our quantitative data also highlights other forms of social group visibility unevenness in the literature and as such, we argue that the data we present in this paper is also of use for other stakeholders such as youth, women and indigenous people and also for NGOs and policy makers.