Health for All

Tomorrow (7 April) is World Health Day – the 75th anniversary of the creation of the World Health Organization and an opportunity to reflect on the day’s theme: Health for All.

An equitable and evidence-based health system is an important strategic goal for the Academy: our purpose is to advance research and innovation to improve everyone’s health.

We contribute to projects and work that we believe will lead to an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable health system.

In fact, Driving health equity is the theme for our 2023 annual meeting this October – a two-day gathering of experts and stakeholders from Australia’s health, research and innovation community.

Leaders in health equity will facilitate discussions on pressing health concerns and ways to improve equity in our research and healthcare systems.

The Academy’s Fellows frequently work on projects to improve health equity. Our 2022 statement, Climate change: an urgent health priority, highlighted the disproportionate effect of climate change on people living in disadvantaged circumstances. The statement was released last year on World Health Day: find it on our website.

The Academy also urged the Australian Government to address health inequities ahead of the 2022 Federal election, calling for government investment to prioritise self-determined and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research, policies and programs that are equitable, transparent and responsive to the needs of these communities. Read the statement on the Academy website.

Our 2022 report, “Research and innovation as core functions in transforming the health system”, highlighted how the important role of research and innovation in addressing this issue, noting that priority populations are underrepresented in health and medical research. The report stressed that authentic partnerships that actively engage the full diversity of the whole community are an important lever in advancing health equity.

Recently, AAHMS Fellows Professor Fran Baum and Sharon Friel contributed to The Lancet’s series on the commercial determinants of health, and how these commercial actors are increasing levels of ill health and inequity. Find the series via open access online on The Lancet’s website.

Media: AAHMS Communication Manager Katie Rowney, [email protected] or 0419 797 511.

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