On Monday 29 August 2016, Q & A hosted a panel discussion on the social determinants of health.

The panelists were:

  • Cassandra Goldie, Head of Australian Council of Social Service;
  • Warren Mundine, Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council;
  • Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association;
  • Christine Bennett, School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame; and
  • Deborah Cobb-Clark, Professor of Economics , University of Sydney.

The questions faced by the panelists included:

  • How can a government escape the rhetoric and be brave enough to find a pathway to combat inequality?
  • Should people have to work to earn welfare payments?
  • How can people survive on the inadequate welfare payments we offer?
  • Can we develop health policies that take a preventative approach?
  • Can we invest money to close the gap on indigenous health?
  • Will investing money in education research and policy help to improve health outcomes?

You can watch the panel discussion on the Q & A website.

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