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Researchers are testing an equity-based model in emergency departments, mental health agencies and hospital units. (Shutterstock)

Equity in health care improves people’s health

When care is equity-oriented, patients report fewer depression and trauma symptoms, less chronic pain and improved quality of life.
In poorer communities, shared spaces tend to be poorly maintained and utilitarian. from shutterstock.com

Our urban environment doesn’t only reflect poverty, it amplifies it

We wear our surroundings like a cloak. Lower-income communities often live in environments that discourage healthy, outdoor activities. This perpetuates their poorer health and traps them in poverty.
Australia needs policies that capitalise on the strengths of people with disability. www.shutterstock.com

People with disability have a lot to offer employers

Instead of trying to help people with disability overcome their limitations, we should be harnessing their strengths in the workplace. This will improve their health and mental well-being.
An infection prevention and control professional wipes her gloves with a bleach wipe during an ebola virus training in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Explainer: How we all benefit from the public health system

Infectious diseases pose a continual threat to Canadians. Ensuring the population stays healthy requires increasing investment in our public health system.
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. from www.shutterstock.com

Poor kids hit puberty sooner and risk a lifetime of health problems

Shape-shifting bodies. Cracking voices. Hairs sprouting in new places. Why do some children enter puberty early?
The threat of Centrelink debt is one more stressor on already vulnerable people. from www.shutterstock.com

Centrelink debt debacle is bad policy for mental health

The controversial Centrelink debt recovery system is bad news for the mental health of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people it targets.
Around 1.3 million households receive government rent assistance. Nils Versemann/Shutterstock

Housing: the hidden health intervention

The effects of unaffordable housing cascade into other areas of life, in particular, affecting mental health.

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