“Social injustice kills”, wrote Professor Sir Michael Marmot and colleagues (Lancet 2012; 380: 1011029). They were presenting the recommendations of the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, which addressed inequities across the region — and, essentially, were making the moral case for action. Social injustice leads to unnecessary, expensive and undesirable outcomes, they said, and no society can afford inaction. The European Review’s key message is a simple one: “do something, do more, do better”. In this, the MJA’s Christmas issue and our last for 2012, contributors from Australia’s health care community indicate some of what has been, can be, and needs to be done at home.
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