Governance for health and equity: a vision for our future

Fran Baum, Sharon Friel, Phil Baker, Kathryn Bowen, Cara Büsst

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    Abstract

    Chapter 7: Governance for health and equity: a vision for our future Coronavirus disease 2019 has caused many people and communities to take stock on Australia’s direction in relation to health, community, jobs, environmental sustainability, income and wealth. A desire for change is in the air. This chapter imagines how changes in the way we govern our lives and what we value as a society could solve many of the issues Australia is facing — most pressingly, the climate crisis and growing economic and health inequities. We present an imagined future for 2030 where governance structures are designed to ensure transparent and fair behaviour from those in power and to increase the involvement of citizens in these decisions, including a constitutional voice for Indigenous peoples. We imagine that these changes were made by measuring social progress in new ways, ensuring taxation for public good, enshrining human rights (including to health) in legislation, and protecting and encouraging an independent media. Measures to overcome the climate crisis were adopted and democratic processes introduced in the provision of housing, education and community development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S36-S40
    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 (Chapter 7)

    Keywords

    • health inequities
    • pandemic
    • COVID-19
    • mental health
    • health care
    • National Cabinet
    • Government
    • economic stimulus

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