School of Population Health

Realising big data’s potential to address social and health inequities

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This project examines how big data technologies can enhance or undermine disease prevention programs that target health inequities. The adoption of new (“big data”) technologies for accessing, linking and analysing population data has the potential to radically transform disease prevention research, policy and practice.

It is unclear to what extent it will intensify the individualistic lifestyle drift in disease prevention or support the development of more effective action on the upstream drivers of health inequities.

This project seeks to identify: how Australian public health’s uptake of big data opens, closes or reworks possibilities for addressing health inequities and social determinants of health; and what enables and constrains the uses of big data to support, rather than obfuscate, work on the social determinants of health.

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