Social inclusion means having the resources, opportunities and abilities to learn, work, engage and have a voice. Social inclusion is increasingly seen as an important health and wellbeing issue. The impact of social exclusion—social isolation, low social and civic trust, and low social support—may be more harmful to health than smoking or obesity.
Social inclusion is a health promotion priority across Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs. Link Health and Community is working with the Inner East Primary Care Partnership, Carrington Health, Access Health and Community and Women’s Health East to promote social inclusion in the community. To achieve this, we are all working together to create communities where people feel valued, their differences are respected, their basic needs are met and they can live in dignity.
For further information about our work around social inclusion, contact the Manager – Health Promotion, Research and Strategy on 1300 552 509.