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Health equity and the budget

23rd May 2016

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Sharon Friel

Sharon joined RegNet as Professor of Health Equity in May 2014 and became Director in July 2014. She also serves as the Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the Australian National University.

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Public hospitals and Medicare funding make up approximately 40 billion dollars of the annual federal health budget. They also tend to dominate discussions around health policy. Yet there is strong relationship between health and an individual’s social and economic circumstances. The poor die younger than the well off. So how do we achieve better health equity? How can we improve overall public health?

Listen to the Big Ideas Panel discussion on the ABC website.

The panel included: Hon Dr Andrew Leigh, (Australian Labor Party), Senator Richard Di Natale (Leader of the Australian Greens), Prof John Hewson AM (Australian National University), Dame Margaret Whitehead and Professor Sharon Friel.

Recorded on May 12th, 2016, at the “A fair go for all” policy forum, at the ANU. Presented by the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity

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