Launch of the Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Research Excellence

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Launch of the Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Research Excellence

4th May 2015

The Centre – referred to in brief as the 'CRE for Health Equity' – is a new initiative funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.  The Centre will be jointly led by Professor Fran Baum, from Flinders University, and Professor Sharon Friel, from the Australian National University.  The Centre was launched by former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard, and is funded for 5 years. It will be devoted to studying how government policies shape how healthy we are, how long we live and how this differs depending on who we are. It will also have a special focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

While launching the Centre the Hon Julia Gillard asked “Why isn’t more of what we do focused on prevention?” She went on to note that “Whilst inputs are often easily measured – how many dollars did we invest, how many hospital beds did we fund – often our outcomes aren’t so easily measured – do people have the help they need, did we prevent someone from needing help in the first place, will our treatments help ensure they won’t be back in the emergency room tomorrow?” The CRE will be asking such questions and also investigating how policies in sectors such as trade, urban planning and primary health care can be devised to stop people getting sick in the first place. The launch is available for viewing on the Flinders University website