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Australia's domestic response to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report "Closing the gap within a generation"

by Community Affairs References Committee

Report
Year 2013
City Canberra
Institution Parliament of Australia
Date March 2013

Abstract

This report is the result of a Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry into Australia's domestic response to the World Health Organization's (WHO) commission on social determinants of health report Closing the gap within a generation. It includes:

  • a broad overview of the theory and evidence indicating that social determinants play an important role in individual health outcomes in Australia
  • a summary of the World Health Organisation published report Closing the gap in a generation and its key recommendations
  • a discussion of government responses to the social determinants of health in Australia - current state and Commonwealth government initiatives are reviewed, including Closing the gap initiatives and South Australia's, Health in all policies approach
  • a summary of the current data gather mechanisms for the social determinants of health, as well as arguments regarding the efficacy and appropriateness of current efforts.

The inquiry comprised of 68 public submissions from organisations and individuals and four public hearings. Submissions, additional information, the Hansard transcript of evidence and responses to questions on notice can be accessed through the committee's website at the link below.

The report makes five recommendations.

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