Why have health inequities increased in South Australia and how can this trend be reversed?
This is the challenge from a new report that raises questions of wider significance as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to exacerbate inequities in Australia and globally.
The report, produced jointly by the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University and the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS), investigates why health inequities have increased in South Australia since the 1980s.
It will be launched on Friday, 27 March with a Twitter festival hosted by the Croakey Conference News Service.
Follow the discussions via this Twitter list.
Marie McInerney and Melissa Sweet will also report the event in a rolling post at Croakey.
Dr Tess Ryan, a Biripi woman, a Melbourne-based writer, and president of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association, will moderate the discussions.
The times given below are AEDT and South Australian time.
11:30 am (11am, SA)
Dr Tess Ryan
Health inequities in SA on the rise and COVID-19
11.35am-12noon (11.05am-12.30pm, SA)
Dr Toby Freeman, Deputy Director, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University
Why health inequities have increased in SA
12noon-12.30pm (11.30am-12 noon, SA)
Professor Fran Baum, Director, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University
Recommendations for addressing inequities
12.30pm-1pm (12noon – 12.30pm, SA)
Dr Connie Musolino, Research Fellow, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University
How can we address inequities?
1pm-1.30pm (12.30pm – 1pm, SA)
Ross Womersley, CEO, South Australian Council of Social Service
1.30 pm (1pm, SA)
Dr Tess Ryan
Quote from the report
Professor Sir Michael Marmot:
‘SA: The Heaps Unfair State’ report shows that we cannot be complacent.
While it is possible to close the health gap, it can also widen.
It’s important to understand why and how this can happen, and to sustain policy and actions on the social determinants of health to continue to seek a fairer distribution of health in our society.”
Read the NYT article.