Tackling health inequality: what can er learn from place based initiatives in the UK

Event Information

Monday, 9 October 2017
10:00pm – 11:30pm

Colonial Theatre, AGSM building, Gate 11, UNSW.

Elizabeth Harris
Phone: 02 9385 8402
Email: e.harris@unsw.edu.au
RSVP: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Local Trust hopes to show that giving people more control over their lives and their communities will improve their health.

People in Big Local areas across England will be involved in independent ground breaking research to be undertaken by the National Institute for Health Research’s School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR). SPHR will research whether giving people greater control over their lives and their community can positively affect their health and wellbeing.
The Big Local programme is run by Local Trust and partners and funded by the Big Lottery Fund with an investment of over £200m. Big Local is happening in 150 communities across England over the next 15 years. It provides residents in each community with at least £1m and a range of other support and funding to develop ways of making their areas even better places to live.
Past research suggests that greater individual and collective control can improve health and wellbeing and low levels of control may be a fundamental cause of inequalities in health.
While there is evidence that sets out the concerning inequalities in life expectancy and health across England, less is known about effective ways to support greater individual and collective control and its impact on health.

Professor Jennie Popay is a leading international researcher in health equity and the development of qualitative research methods. She is visiting Australia and will be giving a presentation on this exciting project.