Health

Health inequality and the causes of the causes

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Image: Michael Marmot delivers the first of the 2016 Boyer Lectures at the ABC’s Eugene Goossen’s Hall (Alex McClintock)

There are large inequalities in health within and between countries. To explain this we have to look at the social determinants of health—the conditions in which people are born, grow, live work and age; and inequities in power, money and resources.

Give every child the best start

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Image: A participant in a NT Department of Corrections Family Violence program (105.7 ABC Darwin: Emilia Terzon)

Absence of the nurturing and presence of the harmful are important for the whole of life and are strong contributors to inequalities in adult health. There is much we can do to make things better at both the level of national policy and at the local level supporting families and children.

Living and working

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Image: The nature of work determines our health (Cameron Spencer Getty)

Unemployment is bad for health, but work can damage health, too. When work is no longer the way out of poverty, health suffers.

Social justice and health: making a difference

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Image: Community and government must act together for equality in health (Visions of America Getty) Link to larger image.

Creating the conditions for individuals to take control over their lives will enable social flourishing of all members of society.