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 Jane Llyod jointly lead this stream.



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.

The Gudaga Study: Describing the health, development, early education, family environment and service context of Aboriginal children aged five to nine years in an urban location.

The aim of this new research is to describe the health, early learning and service context of these urban Aboriginal children from age 5 to 9 years.



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.

Community based child health research in Sydney South West Area Health Service

This Project aims to identify reasearch related activities in SSWAHS;to identify the opportunities and barriers to developing these activities; and to identify a compendium of research related activities that could be undertaken

Equity Focussed Health Impact Assessment

A consortium led by the Newcastle Institute of Public Health sought funding to develop a HIA tool that had a specific focus on health inequity and to pilot this tool in five sites




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