Action for Equity

Description and aims

This stream supports better and fairer health for families and communities locally, nationally and internationally. There are three research programs within this stream.

Key current research areas

Children and young people

This program focuses on understanding the needs of vulnerable families and developing and trailing interventions to improve child and young people’s health, development and educational outcomes, including individual, family and service system interventions.

Communities and Populations

This program focuses on the health and wellbeing of whole communities and populations. Research in this program is conducted with communities, populations and organisations, and address planning and policies.

Equity Implementation and Social Innovation

This program focuses on building individual, community, organisational and service system capacity to effectively implement tools and interventions to improve health and development outcomes for families and communities.

Key partners

Key partners in the stream and its research programmes are local communities (particular the Tharawal community in South Western Sydney), consumer groups and community advocates, health districts, local councils, and industry.

Stream lead

Evelyne de Leeuw and Fiona Haigh jointly lead this stream.



A rapid literature review to identify equity issues in access and delivery of virtual care interventions

This a rapid literature review to consolidate and synthesise existing knowledge from a global perspective about equity issues in access and delivery of virtual care interventions that may be adopted by RPA Virtual Hospital (rpavirtual), a virtual care intervention model of care to offer digital solutions in Sydney. Here is the protocol for the review.

Evaluation of the Health Navigation volunteer program

Refugees experience individual, organisational and system level barriers to accessing health care in NSW. The project is examining the impact of the Health Navigation volunteer program on refugees’ understand of and access to health services.  

Exploring Medicare ineligible Asylum Seeker’s Access to Health Care: A Scoping Study

The project is exploring how Medicare ineligible asylum seekers in NSW navigate healthcare services using a participatory action research orientation that involves asylum seekers, health care providers and other relevant stakeholders.

OPTIMISE: Collaborative improvement of primary health care delivery to the Australian refugee community

OPTIMISE: Collaborative improvement of primary health care delivery to the Australian refugee community

This partnership project focuses on a model for access and continuity of primary health care of refugees in three regions (2 in Melbourne and 1 in Sydney).  It involves a partnership between Universities, primary health networks and other health services and refugee services.




Aboriginal families first projects

The poor health of Aboriginal children in SSW provided the impetus to ensure that the local implementation of the Families First policy was relevant to the local Aboriginal community.

An Ecological Study of school transition and the early years of school for Aboriginal children in an urban environment

This research explores transition to school and early education experiences for urban Aboriginal children up to the end of Year 2 from the perspectives of children, family, community and educators. The study builds on the Gudaga Study.

Building organisation health literacy with Canterbury Hospital

The project will pilot and evaluate the implementation and impact of an intervention to address organisational health literacy from the perspective of patients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Can Get Health in Canterbury

Can Get Health is a place-based, community-led, capacity building project that engages with vulnerable communities and community organisations to: (1) improve access to comprehensive primary health care services; (2) increase individual and community health literacy; and (3) identify and work with relevant stakeholders to address at least one social determinant of health.




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