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Improving the health and life chances of women in disadvantaged communities

Elizabeth Harris, Elizabeth Comino, Lis Young, Angela Berthelson

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 11(2) 7 - 9 Published: 2000

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Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Comino

Lis Young

Angela Berthelson

Abstract

Health and opportunities for health are not equally distributed in our community; for most measures of disease the least advantaged have almost a doubling of risk compared to the most advantaged. While the health differentials between women are often narrower than between men, when examining mortality and morbidity by any measure of social class (such as education, employment status, or place of residence) it is the similarities between men and women within each socio-economic group that is more striking than the differences between genders.