Inequities in Child Health

What are child health inequities?

All children, no matter where they live or who they are, should have the same opportunities to live a healthy life. However, many factors such as socioeconomic status, geography, and level of parental education can influence a child’s health and development, and access to health care. The disadvantage many children experience means they are at increased risk for chronic health, wellbeing and development issues.

Child health inequities can be addressed with the right policies, programs and accountability measures in place. The RACP is calling on government, policy makers and practitioners to join in efforts to urgently tackle children’s inequitable health, development and wellbeing. 

Position Statement

The RACP’s position statement on inequities in child health was launched on 14 May 2018. The position statement is intended to inform physicians and policy-makers, and support ​our advocacy work on child health inequities.

Fact sheet

The RACP has developed a fact sheet with key messages and recommendations:

Meeting your local MP?

RACP Members and other health professionals can consider these tips for meeting their local MP (PDF 73KB).

Want to write to your local MP on child health inequities?

Use this template letter to contact your local MP (DOC 40KB).

Want more information on conducting advocacy?

Review the RACP Advocacy Framework (PDF 177KB).

RACP Podcasts and Resources

How can I contribute my expertise?

RACP Trainees and Physicians need to see Represent Your Profession or email or use the online contact form

Where can I read more?

Read published RACP policies, position statements or submissions by searching the Policy and Advocacy Library.


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