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Debates in Disability and Health Policy: Health inequities and the social determinants of health for Australians with disability

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posted on 03.09.2021, 03:21 by Celia GreenCelia Green, HELEN DICKINSONHELEN DICKINSON, GEMMA CAREYGEMMA CAREY
Debates in Disability and Health Policy: Health inequities and the social determinants of health for Australians with disability

This report has been produced by policy researchers from the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health. It summarises findings from interviews conducted with the Policy Lab Members (PLMs) in October to December 2017.

The interviews explored the views of PLMs in five key areas relating to disability and health policy:

1. Health inequities experienced by working-age
Australians with disability
2. Social determinants influencing the health of
working-age Australians with disability
3. The evidence base relating to health inequities
4. Current effectiveness of social/health policy in
addressing health inequities and social determinants
of health for Australians with disability
5. Policy objectives in the next 5 years to address health
inequities for Australians with disability

Policy Lab Members identified a range of issues that contribute to the poorer health of people with disability, with the key factors outlined as:

- Income and employment
- Social exclusion
- Housing
- Transport
- Education

All these are interconnected which affect and impact others. A number of other issues were identified as:

- A lack of employment opportunities for people with disability and the jobs which are available are often poorly paid

- Discrimination against people with disabilities when seeking work

- Negative community attitudes towards people with disability increases social exclusion which impacts on mental and physical health

- A lack of affordable housing, both in the private rental market and in social housing

- Restricted transport options for people living in rural or remote regions which impacts on a someone’s ability to get to work, and to keep in contact with family and friends

- A lack of education which provides people with disability the skills to manage general issues with their own health and other circumstances such as being able to navigate the workplace and find a job.


These gaps have resulted in significant health inequities for people with disability in Australia.


Further information
https://credh.org.au/research-themes/policy-analysis-and-reform/


Funding

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health

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