Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the Australian National University. She was Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) ANU for five and a half years. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. Her recent book “Climate Change and the People’s Health” was published by OUP in Jan 2019.
Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on health inequities in society. Despite claims that ‘we are all in this together’, just like other historical pandemics, inequalities in Covid-19 mortality and morbidity reflect existing social and economic inequalities. Australia’s Federal and State/Territory policy response to the pandemic reveals some positive short-term policies. However, there is an urgent… Continue reading »