It can be a tough time for children going through the physical and emotional changes of puberty. And if they enter puberty early, the health impacts can stay with them for life.
Shape-shifting bodies. Cracking voices. Hairs sprouting in new places. Why do some children enter puberty early?
Increases in tobacco taxes hurt low-income smokers, who are already stigmatised.
Tobacco tax increases in Australia that will see a packet of cigarettes costing A$40 may discourage smoking, but will end up having unintended consequences for poorer smokers, new research shows.
The threat of Centrelink debt is one more stressor on already vulnerable people.
The controversial Centrelink debt recovery system is bad news for the mental health of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people it targets.
We propose a different way to look at the factors behind chronic disease, like obesity and diabetes.
A new way of looking at what's behind chronic disease takes into account social, environmental and other factors, rather than blaming individuals.
One study found women were four times more likely to experience anxiety than their male colleagues in similar jobs.
The long term financial consequences of the pay gap are clear; but could there also been impacts on health?
There are many factors contributing to Indigenous suicide, occurring in a wide variety of contexts.
A new report recognises that no two Indigenous suicides are identical, then skilfully identifies common themes for informing responses that have the potential to save lives.
Around 1.3 million households receive government rent assistance.
The effects of unaffordable housing cascade into other areas of life, in particular, affecting mental health.
Current high rates of childhood obesity are the product of a perfect early-life storm.
Childhood obesity is increasing and is most common for children living in disadvantage. But it's preventable if we begin from the start of life.
Almost all Aboriginal children in remote areas have some form of otitis media.
Nearly all Indigenous Australian children have some form of otitis media, a middle ear infection that often leads to hearing loss.
The social conditions in which parents are trying to raise their children affect their ability to be ‘good’ parents.
The good and bad things that happen in early childhood set the stage for health and well-being throughout a person's life.
Child stunting in Brazil was decreased by insisting that mothers visit healthcare centres.
There are several lessons that the world can learn from Brazil about how to rapidly reduce child stunting in 10 years.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot: ‘Health is a better measure of social progress than national income.’
Professor Sir Michael Marmot explains how the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, determine their risk of poor health.
Not everyone has a fair go at living a long, healthy and prosperous life.
How do inequities of wealth and income manifest in Australia? And what are the implications for the nation's health?
Across Australia, low-income people lose about six years of life compared to their better-off compatriots.
We all like to think we are free agents and have huge degrees of agency. But, in reality, our health reflects the environments we live in.
Birth registration is required for many activities throughout a person’s life yet in some states up to 20% of Aboriginal children aren’t registered.
Around 20% of Aboriginal births in Western Australia between 1996 and 2012 weren't registered, new research shows. This has many social and health ramifications for their future.
Where do you live?
Understanding genetics isn't enough to solve our health problems – we need to look at where people live, too.
It could be that high levels of social disadvantage are what are actually being measured and smoking is a marker of this inequality.
Good teeth often correlates with good health. But one in five over-65s have lost all their teeth.
An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. It’s also a predictor of physical health. So it’s shocking that Australians’ dental health has not improved…
Newly arrived refugees face many obstacles to making healthy food choices.
Refugees settling in Australia constantly face new challenges. They have to re-adjust to new income levels, cultural practices and language. They also face a new food environment, where many traditional…
Governments can provide environments that encourage physical activity.
Almost two-thirds of Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese. Excess weight is responsible for 7,200 deaths each year in Australia, as well one in five heart attacks, half of…