Ten years on from the World Health Organization Commission of Social Determinants of Health: progress or procrastination?

Smith, James, Griffiths, Kalinda, Judd, Jenni, Crawford, Gemma, D'Antoine, Heather, Fisher, Matthew, Bainbridge, Roxanne, and Harris, Patrick (2018) Ten years on from the World Health Organization Commission of Social Determinants of Health: progress or procrastination? Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 29 (1). pp. 3-7.

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Abstract

Ten years have passed since the release of the final report of the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH),1 a landmark document that provided a global blue‐print for the health promotion community and the stakeholders we work with. Three overarching recommendations were outlined, improving daily living conditions; tackling the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources; and measuring and understanding the problem and assessing the impact of action.1 The extent to which progress has been, and continues to be, made is contested. This editorial briefly reflects on what has been achieved over the past decade—in broad terms—about action on the social determinants of health (SDH) in Australia. We deliberately take a balanced view by highlighting the weaknesses and strengths in what has been achieved by governments, non‐government organisations, research institutions, peak bodies and civil society. We also reflect on the ongoing role that the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) has played in advancing our understanding about, and action on, the SDH.

Item ID: 53482
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 2201-1617
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 Australian Health Promotion Association
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 00:33
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 50%
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