Listed below are media releases that have been issued by the Alliance. For any media inquiries, please contact Sophie Brown on 02 6285 2373.
Response on the Senate Committee Inquiry on “Closing the gap within a generation”
The Social Determinants of Health Alliance is hosting a public forum on the Senate Committee Inquiry on Community Affairs Recommendations into Australia’s domestic response to the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health report “Closing the gap within a generation”.
MAY 6, 2015: Leaders to address health inequities at Public Forum
The Social Determinants of Health Alliance (SDOHA) – in conjunction with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society & Equity at Flinders University – is bringing together some of the best research and policy minds in the country to address health inequities in Australia. The Public Forum on “Achieving health equity through action on social determinants” will bring together some of Australia’s great thinkers to discuss the big challenges and opportunities in Australian health policy.
AUGUST 20, 2014: Business, Indigenous & Health leaders call for action to improve health outcomes.
Three prominent leaders from the very different spheres of business, Indigenous affairs and health united in Canberra today to deliver a joint address to the National Press Club. The event entitled: A Year of Nothing - Why Australian Governments need to respond to the social determinants of health, was a call to action for governments around the nation.
AUGUST 19, 2014: Business, Indigenous & Health leaders call for action on Social Determinants of Health
Three prominent leaders from the very different spheres of business, Indigenous affairs and health are uniting to
deliver a joint address to the National Press Club in Canberra tomorrow. The event is intriguingly entitled: A Year of
Nothing - Why Australian Governments need to respond to the social determinants of health.
JULY 14, 2014: What factors affect health outcomes in Australia?
Around 120 people from the health and community sectors are coming together in Canberra today for a public forum to address factors affecting health outcomes in Australia. The Social Determinants of Health Research Forum is being hosted by the national Social Determinants of Health Alliance (SDOHA).
APRIL 10, 2014: Standing Council on Health to discuss action on social determinants
alliance of organisations trying to combat health inequity is hopeful
tomorrow’s meeting of the Council of Australian Governments’ Standing
Council on Health (SCoH) will be a catalyst for meaningful action on the
social determinants of health. SCoH - representing Commonwealth, state
and territory ministers with responsibility for health matters - will be
discussing a request from the Social Determinants of Health Alliance
(SDOHA) for it to take a leadership role in implementing recommendations
from a key parliamentary report on social determinants.
20 March 2013, the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs
tabled its inquiry report 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. A year on from the
release of the inquiry report, no action has been taken to address the
Around 70 people from the health and community sectors are coming together in Melbourne tomorrow for a public forum to discuss the impact of racism and culture on health outcomes in Australia. The forum on Racism and Culture as Social Determinants is being held by the national Social Determinants of Health Alliance (SDOHA).
The knee jerk reaction to today’s release of the Report on Government Services 2014 Volume E: Health
is to lament the ballooning cost of health care in Australia. But an
alliance of organisations fighting for health equity says a more
sensible approach is to examine how inaction on the social factors that
affect health is a major cause of those increasing costs.
another report outlines that Australians are dying too young and dying
because of a lack of adequate treatment, the Social Determinants of
Health Alliance (SDoHA) continues to wonder when political and civic
leaders will take their heads out of the sand and start to take
meaningful action on health inequity.
to keep Australians well and out of hospital would make a major
difference to the overall health of the country, but doctors, government
leaders and other key decision-makers need to understand how factors
like education, employment, housing and economic disadvantage affect
20,000 hospitals admissions could be avoided in New South Wales and as
much as $735 million saved from the NSW health budget if efforts to
address health inequity in the state were taken seriously, state
Government officials will be told at a Department of Premier and Cabinet
meeting in Dubbo today.
of South Australians could avoid hospital admissions, saving the state
government as much as $170 million annually, if efforts to address
health inequity in the state were ramped up even further, a forum in
Adelaide will be told today.
Many of Australia’s leading health organisations will gather at a hostel for homeless men today to call on politicians to get serious about tackling issues like homelessness, education and income levels that are putting a serious strain on the country’s health system.
An alliance working for health equity in Australia says a new report from the COAG Reform Council provides further evidence of health gaps widening in this country, underlining the need for governments to follow international recommendations on how to address the social determinants of health in a way that’s relevant to the Australian context.
While not a source of surprise, the Social Determinants of Health Alliance has expressed disappointment at there not being any mention in this year’s Federal Budget about the shame of increasing rates of health inequity in a country that prides itself on giving everyone a “fair go”.
The Social Determinants of Health Alliance (SDOHA), representing more than 25 organisations calling for urgent action on the social determinants of health, has applauded last night’s report from the Senate Community Affairs Committee on the social determinants, saying it represents a significant first step towards addressing the causes of health inequity in Australia – if all parties adopt the recommendations made by Labor, Liberal and Greens Senators.
A collaboration of health, social service and public policy organisations has today called on governments at all levels to consider how the legislative decisions they make will affect the health of the nation and address increasing health inequity across Australia.