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On earth, peace and good will and a fair go for all

Ann Gregory and Ruth Armstrong
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): 595. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.c1210

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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  • Ann Gregory
  • Ruth Armstrong

  • Medical Journal of Australia, Sydney, NSW.

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