Health inequalities will persist in Gippsland unless we address the social determinants of health according to Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN).
Gippsland PHN Acting Chief Executive Officer, Angela Jacob, said three new quarterly issues papers produced by the organisation highlighted important discussions needed to improve health outcomes for Gippsland.
“We know many people in Gippsland experience disadvantage that affects their health such as low income, lack of employment and pressures related to family and safety,” Ms Jacob said.
“These three papers – social determinants of health, improving population health and implementing value-based care – address the key factors that will guide and influence health system reform and align with our commitment to improving health outcomes for the people of Gippsland.
Research shows that social determinants can be more important than health behaviours or healthcare in influencing health.