Global Health Equity

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Our Research Themes

Theme 1 – Macroeconomics and infrastructure

Such policies shape the distribution of jobs, money and other material resources in society and therefore powerfully affect daily living conditions and health.
Our research involves case studies from trade and investment (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement), employment (Australia’s paid parental leave scheme) and digital technology (implementation of Australia’s National Broadband Network) policy sectors.

 

Theme 2 – Land use and urban environments

Over seventy percent of the Australian population and a majority of Indigenous Australians live in urban areas.
The social, economic and physical make-up of urban environments therefore presents an important opportunity to improve health equity.
Our research will use land-use planning legislation in New South Wales as a case study.

 

Theme 3 – Health system

Access to health services is a key social determinant.
Successive reviews of health systems have recommended a policy shift to primary health care and yet this shift fails to happen.
We will investigate Medicare as a key policy initiative contributing to health equity.

 

Theme 4 – Indigenous peoples

Addressing Indigenous health inequities has long been recognised as requiring in Australian institutional and policy practices.
Our work will engage with culturally appropriate Indigenous research methods (Dadirri) to investigate the Closing the Gap strategy, which emphasises health equity.
We will also investigate the Northern Territory Intervention.