Ten years on from the World Health Organization Commission of Social Determinants of Health: Progress or procrastination?

James Smith, Kalinda Griffiths, Jenni Judd, Gemma Crawford, Heather D'Antoine, Matthew Fisher, Roxanne Bainbridge, Patrick Harris

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    Abstract

    Ten years have passed since the release of the final report of the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), a landmark document that provided a global blue-print for the health promotion community and the stakeholders we work with. Three overarching recommendations were outlined, improving daily living conditions; tackling the inequi-table distribution of power, money and resources; and measuring and understanding the problem and assessing the impact of action. The extent to which progress has been, and continues to be, made is contested. This editorial briefly reflects on what has been achieved over the past decade—in broad terms—about action on the social determinants of health (SDH) in Australia. We deliberately take a balanced view by highlighting the weaknesses and strengths in what has been achieved by governments, non-government organisations, research institutions, peak bodies and civil society. We also reflect on the ongoing role that the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) has played in advancing our understanding about, and action on, the SDH
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-7
    Number of pages5
    JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
    Volume29
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2018

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