The Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) is a unit of Population Health in the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD). It is also a research hub of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health at UNSW Sydney.
We see an increasing recognition that some inequalities in health and access to health care are systematic, avoidable and unfair: inequitable. Access and equity are core values of the NSW Health system, driving a commitment to health for all in the SLHD.
HERDU works with SLHD staff, partners and with communities to identify health inequities. We aim to improve the health of groups of people who cannot receive the health care and resources they need to be as healthy as others in the population.
The SLHD Equity Framework is a resource highlighting the evidence base for how to address equity. It includes examples of the work we are currently doing in this area.
Our framework provides a foundation for identifying inequity in health and healthcare. It outlines the actions to reduce inequity, it is clear about our values, and builds on existing good work and further understanding for what health services can do when addressing inequities.
We know inequities are not inevitable. And we are serious about reducing and preventing these.
Our resource was developed in consultation with our community on how we can reduce inequities in health and health services. We believe health services have an important role in improving health literacy and ensuring people have access to the resources they need for good health. For this reason, we are developing an active approach to addressing health inequity in the SLHD.
Our five key areas of focus are:
We do this using data and tools to build skills, knowledge and capacity, such as:
Equity Focused Health Impact Assessments (EFHIAs)
Health Impact Assessments (HIA): Green Square Urban Renewal Area
HERDU will continue engaging the leadership and staff of the SLHD, working in partnership with local organisations including the Primary Health Network. We are also building our own infrastructure of qualified and experienced staff who can collaborate with other research organisations to provide leadership in health equity research at both national and international levels.
Level 9 KGV Building
Phone: 02 9515 9652