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 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.
Evelyne de Leeuw and Liz Harris 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.
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 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.
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
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
A case study of the conditions under which EFHIA is most effective in influencing decision-making and the implementation of projects, plans or policies.
This current strategice plan provides the direction for the planning and implementation of activities in the period 2009 – 2012 and adopts a whole of government and community partnership approach to improving outcomes for 2168 residents.