Determining the Future: A Fair Go & Health for All

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Determining the Future: A Fair Go & Health for All

Edited Martin Laverty and Liz Callaghan

Paperback, 254 pages

Release Date: August 24th, 2011

ISBN 9781921421952

At different stages of a person’s life, the presence or absence of certain social building blocks will determine how long we live and how healthy we will be during our lifetime.

Experts know these building blocks as the social determinants of health – the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age. And, according to the World Health Organisation, it is the social determinants of health which are mostly responsible for the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.

This book brings together a unique collection of essays on the social determinants of health from some of Australia’s leading health and social policy experts – medical professionals, academics, opinion leaders, thinkers and writers.

Contained within its pages are diverse and confronting policy and practical proposals that invite all Australian governments to broaden their health policy parameters to include a new focus on the social determinants of health.

The book shows a way forward. It offers tangible solutions to help Australia build a more just and better health system–one premised on a fair go and health for all.

This is a must read for politicians, policy-makers and those working or studying in health, social services, education, housing, political science and social justice.

Some Quotes from the book:

‘In this land of the fair go, we need to flatten the gradient of adverse health outcomes, not just attend to those at the top or the bottom.’
– Frank Brennan

‘Generally, those with the lowest health status also have low educational and literacy levels.’
– Steve Hambleton, AMA President

‘The poverty of many Indigenous Australians and their communities must be addressed if health equality is to be achieved.’
– Tom Calma and Mick Gooda, Close the Gap Campaign

‘Health is not a commodity to be bought and sold. It is a complex set of social relations.’
– John Falzon, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society

‘While ever health policy remains focused on biomedical and behavioural factors, it will not achieve best health outcomes, and will burden future taxpayers with ever escalating health costs.’
– Martin Laverty, CEO Catholic Health Australia


Martin Laverty – lawyer, internationally experienced policy expert, and political strategist – is the CEO of Catholic Health Australia, the nation’s largest non-government health group, and a Company Director of several health and social service organisations.

Liz Callaghan – with qualifications in nursing, social work, and public policy - is the Director of Strategic Policy at Catholic Health Australia, and has a strong interest in social policy and health reform.


Professor Frank Brennan SJ AO, Martin Laverty, Fran Baum, Dr Matt Fisher, Colin Wood, Hon Michael Board JP, Salli Hickford, Taanya Widdicombe, Professor Laurie Brown, Dr Binod Nepal, Dr Tom Calma, Mick Gooda, Dr David Cooper, Mike Daube, Dr John Falzon, Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, Dr Steve Hambleton, Ben Harris-Roxas, Michelle Maxwell, Mark Thornell, Sharon Peters, Patrick Harris, Patrick McGorry, Dr Jenny May, Colleen Koh, Professor Leonie Segal, James Doidge, Dr Jackie Amos, Peter Sainsbury, Dr Elizabeth Harris, Marilyn Wise, Melissa Sweet, Helen Wiseman, Gloria Larman, Dr Tim Woodruff, Rachel Yates, Leanne Wells, Scott Brown, David Butt,  Liz Callaghan

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 05 August, 2011.

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