Chapter 1: How Australia improved health equity through action on the social determinants of health

Sharon Friel, Fran Baum, Sharon Goldfeld, Belinda Townsend, Cara Büsst, Lewis Keane

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    Abstract

    Chapter 1: How Australia improved health equity through action on the social determinants of health: Do not think that the social determinants of health equity are old hat. In reality, Australia is very far away from addressing the societal level drivers of health inequity. There is little progressive policy that touches on the conditions of daily life that matter for health, and action to redress inequities in power, money and resources is almost non-existent. In this chapter we ask you to pause this reality and come on a fantastic journey where we envisage how COVID-19 was a great disruptor and accelerator of positive progressive action. We offer glimmers of what life could be like if there was committed and real policy action on the social determinants of health equity. It is vital that the health sector assists in convening the multisectoral stakeholders necessary to turn this fantasy into reality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S7-S11
    Number of pages5
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Volume214
    Issue numberS8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2021

    Bibliographical note

    This chapter is apart of journal article, Australia in 2030: what is our path to health for all? https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51020

    Keywords

    • health inequities
    • pandemic
    • COVID-19
    • mental health
    • health care

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