• Print

A number of studies have shown that there is an association between socio-economic disadvantage and health. The mechanisms by which socio-economic status influence health status are complex and varied. Also the association between socio-economic status and health is not always straightforward; it is confounded by many factors. It is often hypothesised that a number of inter-related factors including education, place of residence, health beliefs and behaviour, occupation, income, access to health services and the environment in which people live determine the socio-economic disadvantage and health.

Further information

 Chapter two Australia's Health 2012 contains more information and sources on socio-economic disadvantage and health.