The Menzies Centre for Health Policy research focuses on the social determinants of health and health equity; systems and translations; and integrated care. These themes are underpinned by a cross-cutting approach with three distinctive characteristics:

  • Cross disciplinary: the problems of human health and health equity can be best researched, evaluated and addressed using interdisciplinary approaches
  • Cross sectoral: policy actions to improve health and health equity are need within the health sector as well as in many other policy domains. A critical role for the Centre is to engage with key health and non-health actors in Australia and the Asia Pacific region
  • Cross border: today’s global interconnectedness and inter-dependence provides both challenges to global and national health problems and opportunities to address the determinants of health in ways that will increase national and global health equity, reduce poverty, and build societies that live within environmental limits.

Health inequities are the systematic differences in health that are unnecessary, avoidable, unfair and unjust.

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Health systems are the organisation of people, institutions and resources that deliver health care services to meet the health needs of a population.

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Integrated care focuses on more coordinated and integrated forms of health care delivery. Integration within primary health care and with secondary health care is a major policy concern in many countries.

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