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4. Tackling health inequalities Volume 15 Issue 1

Gavin Turrell, Marilyn Wise, Richard Eckersley

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Gavin Turrell

Marilyn Wise

Richard Eckersley


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.