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Reducing socioeconomic health inequalities: Issues of relevance for policy Volume 13 Issue 3

Gavin Turrell

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 13(3) 47 - 49 Published: 2002

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Gavin Turrell


During the twentieth century, the health of the Australian population improved markedly: life expectancy increased; the toll of communicable disease was reduced; and, in more recent times, death rates for cardiovascular disease and a number of major cancers have begun to decline. However, against this backdrop of improving overall health, large health inequalities continue to exist between socioeconomic groups; and, for some conditions, these inequalities are increasing over time.