Social Determinants of Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the social determinants of health “as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries”.

The following links provide data on factors that can contribute to determining health status and wellbeing.

Social Advantage and Disadvantage data

  • Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a product developed by the ABS that ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. The indexes are based on information from the five-yearly Census.
  • Education and Employment – Search by location for ABS economic, demographic and cultural variables such as education and employment.
  • Remoteness Areas – The provision of government services can be influenced by the distances that people are required to travel outside metropolitan areas.

Housing and Homelessness data

  • Public Housing Waiting List The Public Housing Waiting and Transfer List December 2016 provides the most recent quarterly indicative waiting list statistics by area.
  • Housing Assistance The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) publishes housing assistance data and manages the national data collections for various housing assistance programs.
  • Homelessness Homelessness Australia currently uses statistics from the ABS Census of Housing and Population and the AIHW Specialist Homeless Services data collection for their statistics.

Liquor and Gambling data