A new report has been released examining inequalities in social determinants and the impact on the health of Victorians.
Social determinants - such as socioeconomic status, education, housing, social support networks and the physical environment - have a significant impact on health and wellbeing and are largely responsible for health inequities.
This new report focuses on social capital – that is the network of relationships across society that determine an individual's access to the social and economic resources needed to enjoy a healthy life.
The report finds that:
- Victorians who do not feel valued by society have poorer mental and physical health than people who do feel valued by society
- the lower a person's household income, the less likely they are to feel valued by society
- being socially isolated may have a bigger impact on mental health than smoking or obesity. 18.5% of adults are daily smokers
- 20% of men and 18% of women are obese
The report is based on the findings of the 2014 Victorian Population Health Survey and is the third in a series of reports produced using the data collected in the 2014 survey.
The full report, and the other reports in the series, can be found on the departments website.Submit your story!