Understanding how social constructions influence the design and implementation of health policy for socially disadvantaged groups

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Health equity is increasingly being linked to social position, but we still don’t fully understand the different social factors that drive social inequalities in health.

This policy focused research project asks: how do social constructions influence the design and implementation of health policy for socially disadvantaged groups? The aims of the research are to: identify the social constructions that inform policy design and implementation; investigate the formal and informal mechanisms and processes by which social constructions enter health policy designs; and understand the influence that social constructions have on health policy design and implementation.

RegNet PhD scholar Tony Kiessler will discuss his proposed case study, which will focus on health policy for the cross-border region between Papua New Guinea and Australia. The seminar provides the opportunity to review Tony’s PhD thesis proposal. It is hoped that the knowledge produced through this study will help improve inclusive policy development for socially disadvantaged groups.

Tony is a part time PhD student in his second year of study at RegNet. He has a professional background in Indigenous and international health and currently lives in the Solomon Islands.