Our hearts and minds — what would it take to become the healthiest country in the world?

Ian T Ring and John F O’Brien
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01665.x
Published online: 17 March 2008

In reply: Our paper demonstrates the considerable potential for improving Australia’s already competitive international mortality ranking by focusing on several selected conditions and inequalities in their distribution among Australians.1 Hart recognises the aspirational nature of the paper and proposes several challenges and opportunities to improve the health of the mothers, babies and young children of Australia.

  • Ian T Ring1
  • John F O’Brien2

  • 1 Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW.
  • 2 Statistical and Library Services Centre, Queensland Health, Brisbane, QLD.


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