The Boyer Lecture series, named after former ABC chairman Sir Richard Boyer, is a series of radio lectures from a prominent Australian invited to express their thoughts on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues.
The 2016 Boyer Lectures by Professor Sir Michael Marmot is titled Fair Australia: Social Justice and the Health Gap and explores the challenges faced by communities in solving issues around health inequality.
Sir Michael is the President of the World Medical Association, Director of the Institute of Health Equity and a leading researcher on health inequality issues for more than three decades playing a central role in research projects studying health equity.
The four lectures in the 2016 Boyer Lectures series were:
1. Health inequality and the causes of the causes - There are large inequalities in health within and between countries. To explain this we have to look at the social determinants of health—the conditions in which people are born, grow, live work and age; and inequities in power, money and resources.
2. Give every child the best start - Absence of the nurturing and presence of the harmful are important for the whole of life and are strong contributors to inequalities in adult health. There is much we can do to make things better at both the level of national policy and at the local level supporting families and children.
3. Living and working - Unemployment is bad for health, but work can damage health, too. When work is no longer the way out of poverty, health suffers. Unemployment is bad for health, but work can damage health, too. When work is no longer the way out of poverty, health suffers.
4. Social justice and health: making a difference - There are examples from around the world, of community and government actions that make a difference to health inequalities. Creating the conditions for individuals to take control over their lives will enable social flourishing of all members of society.