Department of Health

This section of the Chief Health Officer report looks at health inequalities that exist in Victoria, and some of the reasons behind these inequalities.

It draws on:

This section covers the social issues that have a profound impact on health. It also discusses how disadvantage can sometimes become entrenched in successive generations of families – referred to as intergenerational disadvantage.

Finally, the section includes discussion of four groups for whom health inequalities can be marked:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians
  • rural and regional Victorians
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) Victorians
  • people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Reviewed 06 December 2023

Your health: Report of the Chief Health Officer, Victoria, 2018

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