Will ANDI report by remoteness?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

At a meeting of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance (SDOHA) on 14 July, those in attendance were introduced to ANDI.

The Australian National Development Index (ANDI) is a large long-term project that is part of a global movement to develop more comprehensive measures of growth than Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the measure of economic growth used at present.

The OECD is hosting 'The Global Project' run in collaboration with numerous international partners to foster the development of key economic social and environmental indicators that will provide a comprehensive picture of how the wellbeing of a society is evolving. It is also seeking to encourage the use of indicators to inform and promote evidence-based decision-making, within and across the public, private and citizen sectors.

ANDI will seek the views of 500,000 Australians in its work, which draws on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and its 12 domains to measure progress in the areas of: arts, culture and recreation, civic engagement, community vitality, education, environment, healthy population, living standards, and time use.

ANDI is also inviting supporting partners.

"Statistical indicators - - reflect a society's values and goals and become the key drivers of economic and technological choices." Hazel Henderson

The NRHA has a strong focus on the social determinants of health and it will be keen to work with and support ANDI's development. Hopefully ANDI will report by regional area: ASGC-RA 1 to 5.

Our Current Focus Area on the Social Determinants of Health provides a summary of other NRHA work to date in in this area.

We are members of the SDOHA, a collaboration of like-minded organisations from the areas of health, social services and public policy established to work with governments to reduce health inequities in Australia.

Predominantly, health inequities arise through the differing circumstances in which we grow, live, work and age. They can be changed and reduced. Political, social and economic policies that determine, for example, wages, employment conditions, affordability of housing, transport, childcare, pre-school, quality education and affordable health care create conditions that influence whether Australians are healthy or not.

Those at the SDOHA meeting agreed that the major challenge is to persuade governments to take an active interest in influencing the social determinants of health as part of their health activity.

The cost of inaction on addressing the social determinants of health is the subject of a NATSEM publication of 2012.

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