Sharon Friel on the social gradient and health

10th April 2019

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Sharon Friel

Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). She was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. Sharon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

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RegNet Director, Sharon Friel is quoted on ABC Life in an article discussing the impact of disadvantage on people’s health. The “social gradient”, affects people, as Sharon explains.

“There’s a “social gradient” that affects our outcomes: those in the middle will be a little bit better off than those below them, and a little bit worse off than those above them”.

“The health of people in lower-income households over time has improved, as it has in higher income households…all the boats rise, but not all boats rise equally”.

Read the entire article on the ABC website.

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