How income inequality affects your health

17th April 2018

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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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Not everyone has a fair go at living a long, healthy and flourishing life. Generally, people at the bottom of the social hierarchy have worse health outcomes than those in the middle, who in turn have worse health outcomes than those at the top. This observation, known as the social gradient in health, is seen in countries around the world including Australia and for a number of health outcomes including depression, diabetes, and heart disease. This social patterning of health suggests that depending on “who” you are matters for your health. RegNet School Director Sharon Friel discusses social class, inequality and health on ABC Radio National series “Class Act” on 4 April.

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