What We Want
What We Want
Research recently conducted in Australia has shown that failing to act on the social determinants of health means hundreds of thousands of people are needlessly suffering long-term health problems. The 2012 CHA/NATSEM report Cost of Inaction on the Social Determinants of Health shows that, over time, there could be billions of dollars saved in health and welfare costs, reduced unemployment and improved productivity if governments adopted the recommendations of the Closing the Gap in a Generation report.
It is for these reasons that the Social Determinants of Health Alliance has, as its main goal, having the Commonwealth, state and territory governments of Australia commit to action to implement the recommendations of Closing the Gap in a Generation, namely to:
- Improve daily living conditions
- Tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources
- Measure and understand the problem and assess the impact of action
SDOHA welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs (the Committee) current inquiry on the extent of income inequality in Australia.
The recent Parliamentary Inquiry and recommendations in relation to Australia’s domestic response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report “Closing the gap within a generation” (Community Affairs References Committee, 2013) is a step in the right direction for progressing the Social Determinants of Health agenda in Australia. However we would like to remind Senators that the Committees’ report made recommendations in the March 2013 response that, if implemented, have the capacity to progress equity and provide architecture for government coordination of equity outcomes.Click here for full submission.