There’s good evidence that if people are disempowered, if they have little control over their lives, if they’re socially isolated or unable to participate fully in society, then there are biological effects.
Saying we can’t afford to invest in early child development means we’re storing up bigger costs in the future.
Health and health inequalities tell us a great deal about the good or bad effects of social policies.
Health inequalities and the social determinants of health are not a footnote to the determinants of health. They are the main issue.
Empowerment of individuals and communities is absolutely central. Getting the community involved in organising their own destiny has got to be a key part of it.
It’s highly likely that what you’re doing is indeed influenced by your Jewish background.
I came from a warm Jewish family.
General improvements in health/decline in mortality do not affect all classes equally. As mortality rates fall, social inequalities commonly widen.
I was born in North London, migrated to Australia when I was four. So when I first came to Australia people saw me as a little English boy. Over the years that feeling of being a little English boy diminished and I felt much more Australian.
It’s not just that people with no education have worse health. People with a bit of education at somewhat better, with a lot of education it’s even better. And with even more education it’s better still.
I love Australia. I mean it’s, how can you not? It’s an incredibly beautiful country. I like the people, I like the country, I love it. I mean it’s wonderful.
Throwing young people on the scrap heap is a public health emergency.