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SA: The Heaps Unfair State

The Heaps Unfair State: Why have health inequities increased in South Australia and how can this trend be reversed?

SA: The Heaps Unfair State report - produced by the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University and the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) - provides evidence that shows a significant increase in inequities in South Australia since the 1980s and also recommends how to improve this state’s health outcomes.

The report’s raft of almost 40 recommendations stretches across the fiscal, education, energy, health, public service, social security, housing, digital, employment, NGO, rural and regional sectors.

The report was launched online on Friday 27 March as part of a Twitter Festival, with video introductions by Professor Fran Baum (Southgate), Ross Womersley (SACOSS) and Professor Ron Labonte (Southgate; University of Ottawa) which can be viewed here.

There are three versions of the report (summary, full, statistical data) that you can download via the links below:

Heaps Unfair Summary Report

Heaps Unfair Full Report

Heaps Unfair Statistical Report


The report signals that a holistic approach, addressing the social determinants of health, is necessary if the existing problems are going to be effectively changed.

Published Date: 
Friday, 27 March 2020