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Boyer Lectures - Fair Australia: Social Justice and the Health Gap

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The 2016 Boyer Lecture Series, Fair Australia: Social Justice and the Health Gap, will be delivered by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, 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.

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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.

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