Social inclusion and the role of the health care system

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This chapter outlines the impact of the health system on social inclusion. It has been clearly suggested that there are established links between ill-health and disadvantage that accompany social exclusion. Access to the health services and the influences on service delivery played by the health system through funding, delivery, and innovation directly impact on social inclusion. The health system plays an active role in social inclusion through addressing usage disparities, decreasing discrimination and ostracism, and by increasing universal access. Additionally, government roles and responsibilities in addressing social inclusion are central to the impact of social inclusion of health. This chapter will focus on the Australian health care system. This health care system consists of two separate structures: the mainstream health care system and the Aboriginal community-controlled health care system, who in partnership aims to serve the diverse populations and especially reduce the persisting disadvantage in the health of First Nations Peoples of Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Social Inclusion
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practices in Health and Social Sciences
EditorsPranee Liamputtong
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030895945
ISBN (Print)9783030895938
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2022


  • Health system
  • Social inclusion
  • Health access
  • Primary and tertiary health care
  • Aboriginal community-controlled health services
  • Mainstream health care services


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