Disadvantage linked to poorer health outcomes

People in Australia’s most disadvantaged communities experience lower attendance at high school, greater financial stress and a higher risk of bowel cancer, new research shows.

University enrolment rates in the most disadvantaged areas were a third lower than from the most advantaged areas.

Disadvantaged areas of Australia’s capital cities have much poorer outcomes in the National Bowel Screening Program, with 49% more people in these areas having blood in their samples compared with those living in the most advantaged areas.

The study highlights the need for greater awareness of the inequities that exist and provides a basis for improving the situations of disadvantaged communities.

Read more at University of Adelaide