The University of Newcastle, Australia

Social Justice and Health Inequity

Health inequities are systematic differences in the health status of different population groups. These inequities have significant social and economic costs both to individuals and societies. The groups experiencing health inequities within Australia include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with low socio-economic status, people living in rural and remote locations, people born overseas, the elderly, and those with disabilities.If you want to make a difference in the lives of others, the Social Justice and Health Inequity major is for you.

This major has a strong focus on worldwide social justice, empowering public health and advancing health equity. You’ll work alongside diverse communities to promote and protect their health, ensuring everyone has the best possible opportunity to live to their fullest potential.


There are a broad range of opportunities to tackle and support inequities, promote social justice and pursue a career that will allow you to make a meaningful difference in the world. Typical roles include:

  • Case Worker
  • Community Liaison Officer
  • Counsellor
  • Emergency Response Worker
  • Humanitarian Aid Worker
  • Program or Fundraising Coordinator
  • Victim Support Officer