A rapid appraisal case study of South Australia's Social Inclusion Initiative
Newman, Lareen Ann
Biedrzycki, Katherine Rebecca
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This Rapid Appraisal Case Study of South Australia’s Social Inclusion Initiative was undertaken to contribute to the work of the Social Exclusion Knowledge Network (SEKN) of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). The CSDH was established in 2005 by the World Health Organisation to investigate ways in which international, national, regional and local bodies could take action on the social determinants of health. The knowledge networks are one of the main mechanisms by which the CSDH is gathering evidence. This report provides a rapid assessment of the ways in which South Australia’s Social Inclusion Initiative has originated and operated. The report’s layout follows guidelines developed by the SEKN and draws on documentary and interview evidence. The project was conducted between March and June 2007 by researchers at Flinders University of South Australia, in conjunction with senior staff at South Australia’s Social Inclusion Unit, Department of the Premier and Cabinet. South Australia is a State within a federal system of government and has a population of 1.6 million. The population’s average health and well-being are high by world standards but the State continues to record significant levels of inequality for certain groups and areas, and particularly for its Aboriginal population.