Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series

In partnership with Social Futures and Health Justice Australia we invite you to register for the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series, delivered via your boardroom TV, desktop or anywhere you have Internet.

Join us live for one webcast or all five and take part in real time discussions, surveys and Q&As. No download necessary – simply enter your email, save the date and be ready to take part. If you can’t make it to the live webcast, register anyway and we’ll send you a post-event link to the watch-on-demand video file.



What to expect from the series

There is widespread evidence demonstrating the relationship between the health and wellbeing of an individual and the environments in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Factors such as employment, housing, education and social support can work to strengthen or destabilise the health of people and their communities. These factors are referred to as the social determinants of health (SDoH).

In partnership with Health Justice Australia and Social Futures, the Social Determinants of Health Webcast Series invites you to join other health, social and community care providers online to create a shared language around SDoH. Each webcast will be filmed from a state-of-the-art studio in Sydney, facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, and will feature up to five expert panelists.

The series will outline the theory behind SDoH (Webcast 1) and then contextualise them in the detail of factors such as

  • early life (Webcast 2)
  • socioeconomic position (Webcast 3)
  • housing, communities and neighbourhoods (Webcast 4)
  • health justice (Webcast 5)

Each webcast will look at evidence, best practice and how you can innovate alongside the people in which you serve.

Webcast 1: A Framework for Social Determinants of Health

Monday 3 June 2019 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

It’s been more than 10 years since the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health delivered its final report on how to reduce inequities in power, money and resources and people’s daily living conditions in order to improve health equity. So what’s changed since then?

A Framework for Social Determinants of Health will take a look at the theory of social determinants of health (SDoH) and the evidence that supports key action areas. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will provide the baseline for building shared language around individual lifestyle factors, social and community networks, and general socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions in 2019.

Panelists include:

Get to know

  • The evidence that supports key action areas
  • Organisations working in social innovation and research
  • Key methods for addressing SDoH
  • Resources available
  • Opportunities for cross-sector collaboration

Webcast 2: Early life

Monday 1 July 2019 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm 

Addressing early childhood development means creating the conditions for children – from gestation to 8 years of age – to thrive in their physical, socio-emotional, and language/cognitive development. During these critical years, the foundation is laid for a child’s physical and mental health, affecting everything from longevity and lifelong capacity to learn, to the ability to adapt to change and build capacity for resilience against adverse circumstances.

Early life therefore must be stable, responsive, nurturing, safe and supportive.

Early Life will explore what’s considered to be the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will look at successful models and challenges to implanting early child development programs and how you can work in concert with families to provide equitable access to strong nurturant environments.

Panelists include:

Get to know:

  • pathways for families to rebound from crisis and reach their potential in society and the economy
  • ways to offset the effects of adverse early experiences and environments
  • evidence to support the interconnectedness between health, development, wellbeing, education   and subsequent life outcomes.


Webcast 3: Socioeconomic position


Monday 21 October 2019

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Differences in socioeconomic status, as assessed by educational attainment, income and occupational status, are associated with large disparities in health. Linked to a variety of health-related behaviours, socioeconomic status impacts prevalence of obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, alcohol consumption and more.

Socioeconomic Position will explore the ongoing area-based measures for monitoring health gaps between socioeconomic groups. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will explore the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) and how to advance equity and inclusion in our learning communities.

Panelists include:

  • Professor Rosemary CalderDirector, Australian Health Policy Collaboration & Professor of Health Policy, Victoria University
  • Professor Sharon FrielProfessor of Health Equity and Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
  • Tony DaviesChair, NSW Council of Social Service and CEO, Social Futures
  • Jon OwenPastor and CEO, Wayside Chapel
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know:

  • How to map health risk factors by socioeconomic position
  • Ways to disrupt disadvantage and further self-determination
  • Innovative ways to provide care to people across socioeconomic borders

Webcast 4: Housing, Communities & Neighbourhoods

Monday 23 September 2019 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm 

We all need a home. None of us can go about our lives, raise a family, go to work or stay healthy, without a stable, safe and affordable place to call home. We also need healthy communities by design – access to recreation and open space, healthy foods, medical services, public transit and safe transportation.

Housing, Communities & Neighbourhoods will explore the links between determinants of a healthy living environment and health and wellbeing. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel will explore social and economic responsible public policy for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

Panelists include:

  • Norma Shankie WilliamsStrategic Planning Lead, Willoughby City Council
  • John McKennaChair, Community Housing Industry Association NSW
  • Kate Colvin, Deputy CEO, Council to Homeless Persons
  • Anita Mansfield, Executive Manager, Social Futures
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know:

  • the evidence linking health and planning
  • how to advocate for a fair and equitable housing system where low income Australians have access to safe, secure and affordable housing
  • how to identify vulnerable families and pathways to care

Webcast 5: Health Justice Partnerships

Monday 18 November – 2:30pm – 4:00pm

A quiet revolution is taking place across Australia and it’s transforming the way some of the most vulnerable in our community access legal services. In a practitioner-led movement, community lawyers have been moving out of their offices and into the most unlikely of places – hospitals and community health settings – to collaborate with health services and their patients to address unmet, health-harming legal need. Known as health justice partnerships (HJPs), these collaborations work by embedding legal help into healthcare services and teams.

Health Justice Partnerships will explore the growing body of evidence that shows there are groups of people who are vulnerable to intersecting legal and health problems, but who are unlikely to turn to legal services for solutions. Facilitated by Jason Rostant, a panel examines what takes a HJP partnership beyond ‘status quo’ services in terms of purpose, structure, activity and resourcing.

Panellists include:

  • Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO, Health Justice Australia
  • Jane Cipants, Director Client Service, Legal Aid
  • Donella Mills, Lawyer, Lawright and Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO)
  • Sandra Gates, Director Allied Health and Clinical Support, The Royal Women’s Hospital
*Panelists subject to change

Get to know

  • Legal problems that affect health
  • The definition of a health justice partnership
  • Evidence supporting the HJP model
  • Create partnerships with existing local social resource providers and expand capacity to address social needs
  • The development and sustainability of the community service sector


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