Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health

Fran Baum, Michael Bentley

The Program goal is to develop a more detailed understanding of the social determinants of Indigenous health and of the interventions that are effective in improving health status through action on social determinants. Social determinants are taken to include housing, education, social networks and connections, physical infrastructure, barriers to access to health services, racism, employment and law enforcement and the legal and custodial system.

In 2007, the CRCAH published a Social Determinants Monograph – Beyond Bandaids: Exploring the Underlying Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health – edited by Ian Anderson, Fran Baum, and Michael Bentley. The publication was launched at the National Public Health Association of Australia Conference in Alice Springs in September.

The CRCAH, in partnership with the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) undertook an industry roundtable to identify research priorities in the areas of Aboriginal prisoner health and reducing recidivism. Michael Bentley participated in this roundtable held in November in Canberra. Further information on the Program is available at