The need for improved Australian data on social determinants of health inequities

Joanne Flavel, Martin McKee, Toby Freeman, Connie Musolino, Helen van Eyk, Fisaha H. Tesfay, Fran Baum

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"Australia needs better data on health inequities to support building back fairer from the pandemic".

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has shone a light on longstanding inequities in societies. Yet, too often, these inequities are effectively invisible, and we can only know if we are tackling them if we can measure them. A lack of appropriate data is an important reason why research that has helped our understanding of health inequities is unevenly distributed internationally, with much concentrated in Europe and North America. Although Australia has some leading global centres for population health research, a lack of appropriate data creates a barrier to undertaking such research here. However, the available evidence indicates that socio-economic health inequities have increased since the 1980s...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-391
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number8
Early online date8 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Population health


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