In response to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report, Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the Social Determinants of Health, and other activities that led to a greater focus on the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) at the international and national level, the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA Tas) and Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) undertook to raise awareness of the SDoH in the Tasmanian context.
As a result of this partnership a series of 10 action sheets (plus one introductory sheet) were developed covering the following determinants:
In considering ways to continue the momentum generated by this piece of work, a number of non-government organisations, researchers and peers, determined that it would be appropriate to establish a network with a focus on the SDoH (19 May 2012). This was considered an appropriate next step because at the time there was no clear leadership on the SDoH in Tasmania that also provided an opportunity for interested parties from across the community to be part of the conversation and subsequent action. The Network was officially launched in August 2012.
Purpose of the Network
The purpose of the Network is to work together to leverage action on the Social Determinants of Health so as to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all Tasmanians.
Vision of the Network
All Tasmanians have the opportunity to live a long, healthy life regardless of their income, education, employment, gender, sexuality, capabilities, cultural background, who they are or where they live.
Membership of the Network is open to all Tasmanians who share this vision. Membership is free of charge. Membership to the Network can be obtained by providing a name, organisation (where there is one but individuals can join as individuals), address, telephone and email address to the Facilitator. The Network currently has more than 200 members across Tasmania from a broad range of sectors.
Professor Gavin Mooney was involved in the establishment of this Network. This forum will honour the contributions Gavin and his wife Dr Del Weston made to our communities.