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2017 TASA Health Day
Mobilising health sociology for impact: How can complex understandings of injustice and inequality be used in policy and practice?
Concerning trends in health and social policy, such as cuts to foreign aid, mistreatment of asylum seekers, disinvestment in Aboriginal community controlled services, and the curtailing of public healthcare resources, suggest inequalities in health and healthcare are growing, despite decades of sociological analysis and activism. While the paradigm of ‘social determinants of health’ has provided an important framework for understanding these inequalities historically, there is a pressing need for sociology to engage with other disciplines to better understand the intersections between equity, complexity, and sociality in health and healthcare settings. Critically, sociological knowledge about injustice and inequality can be highly complex and thereby difficult for those working in policy and practice to translate and implement. We invite researchers and practitioners from sociology and affiliated disciplines to explore this gap and engage in a critical discussion on emerging intersections, innovations, and interventions in the theory and practice of health equity today, and to consider how a sociological approach can be mobilised in ways which are meaningful to health policy and practice.
Invited speakers: Speakers include Professor Katherine Boydell, Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute, and Associate Professor kylie valentine, Deputy Director of the Social Policy Research Centre, both of UNSW Sydney, and Honorary Associate Professor Toni Schofield, of the University of Sydney. Professor Boydell looks at how arts-based knowledge translation approaches can be used to engage diverse stakeholders on important healthcare issues. Associate Professor valentine draws on concepts and methods from the sociology of knowledge to understand issues of social disadvantage and exclusion, while Associate Professor Schofield, author of A Sociological Approach to Health Determinants, explores how social dynamics shape health. The day will also include networking activities, and a workshop and discussion session on ‘justice through methodology’ facilitated by the Qualitative Research Network Hub (UNSW Sydney).