We are researching why health inequities occur, focusing on the social determinants of health in disadvantaged groups. We are studying the situational and structural factors that affect the provision of healthcare for vulnerable communities, as well as novel interventions developed specifically for members of these groups.
Aboriginal Australians continue to experience serious inequality compared to the general population. The Indigenous people we work with experience chronic and complex problems, interpersonal and institutional racism, and barriers to accessing care. Research into Aboriginal health spans each of the research themes of UNSW Medicine.
While health outcomes in Australia are generally better than at any time in history, these gains have not been shared equally across the entire population. Some groups are still experiencing significantly greater rates of disease and poorer access to quality healthcare. UNSW has a major strength in addressing the health of these vulnerable and marginalised communities.
With significant gaps in our understanding of the effects of many treatments on pregnant women and children, there is an ongoing and urgent need for medical research that focuses on these populations.
More than 85% of Australians access primary healthcare at least once a year. Primary care is the first level of healthcare and provides the gateway by which patients access innovative treatments and medications made possible by medical research.