01 Apr, 2008 Last updated: 21 Jul, 2015

This document provides data on the inequitable burden of disease internationally, nationally and in Victoria.

Download: Research Summary: Burden of disease due to health inequalites (104KB)

It describes the effect of health inequality on specific populations.

VicHealth has identified tackling health inequalities as an overarching theme of our Strategic Priorities 2006–2009. VicHealth seeks to improve the health of all Victorians but targets activities towards: disadvantaged areas, lower socioeconomic groups, Indigenous and refugee communities, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged children and young people.

This document presents some recent research related to health inequalities with a focus on:

  1. Inequitable burden of disease internationally, nationally and in Victoria.
  2. Cost of health inequalities for society, families and individuals.
  3. The effect of health inequalities on specific populations.

Data has been drawn from evidence reviews and independent studies. This is one of two research summaries on health inequalities. The other summary has a focus on the key influences on health inequalities.