The poorest Australians are twice as likely to die before age 75 as the richest, and the gap is widening. People living in socially disadvantaged areas and outside major cities are much more likely to die prematurely, our new research shows.
COVID-19 shows the urgency of global public health investments. The virus has no vaccine yet, but a host of other infections do. Measles; polio, whooping cough; forms of meningitis and pneumonia; and other diseases have vaccines that substantially reduce their risks.
One in two Australians has a chronic disease or condition such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or cancer. Chronic disease is driven – and made worse – by social and economic inequities; disadvantaged communities and groups experience higher rates of chronic disease and poorer health outcomes