1st Edition

Political Determinants of Health in Australia A Planetary Perspective

    204 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Exposing the explicit and implicit relationships between politics, political decisions, and public policy within a planetary perspective, this book focuses on the importance of the political environment as a determinant of population health outcomes.

    Political Determinants of Health in Australia brings together a team of experts in public health, health policy and planetary health in Australia to examine the political factors that determine population health outcomes. It takes a student-centred approach, explaining complex concepts in an interactive, engaging, and thought-provoking way within a logical, easy to navigate structure. Each chapter takes on key contemporary public health issues, such as family, work, diversity, housing, energy, education, food, and waste, examining it within the context of politics, policy, and health outcomes from a planetary perspective.

    There is a comprehensive suite of learning activities in each chapter, catering to diverse learning styles and prior knowledge to encourage critical thinking. An essential text for students of public health, health promotion, and health policy.


    Part 1: Political Determinants of Our Selves

    1. Family and Work

    Christina Malatzky

    2. Diversity and Community

    Allyson Mutch and Lisa Fitzgerald

    Part Two: Political Determinants of Our Lives

    3.Housing and Energy

    Stefanie Plage and Rose-Marie Stambe

    4.Education and Employment

    Jonathan Hallett

    5. Media and Misinformation

    Melissa Sweet and Megan Williams

    Part Three: Political Determinants of Our Environment

    6. Food and Farming

    Kerri-Anne Gill and Katherine Cullerton

    7. Waste and Water

    Nina Lansbury and Marguerite C. Sendall 

    8. Climate and Environment

    Linda A Selvey


    Marguerite C. Sendall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, College of Health Sciences at Qatar University, Qatar, and a Visiting Fellow in the School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

    Allyson Mutch is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland, Australia.

    Lisa Fitzgerald is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland, Australia.

    This book is an invaluable resource to examine the powerful impact politics has on our own and the planet’s health. A must read for everyone studying or working in public health.

    Fran Baum AO, Professor of Health Equity, The Stretton Institute, The University of Adelaide, Australia


    If you are concerned about planetary health equity read this book. A fantastic line-up of editors and authors unpacking the politics of planetary health inequity.

    Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity and ARC Laureate Fellow in Governance for Planetary Health Equity, Australian National University, Australia


    Located within the context of our planet's perspective, this textbook stands as Australia's pioneering effort, aimed at equipping the upcoming cohort of public health scholars to comprehend the intricate ways in which politics and governmental choices influence not just the social and various factors shaping our well-being, but also the ecosystems we rely upon. Readers will grasp the concept that health is a complex construct, intricately interwoven with the dynamics of power and political influences. The book serves as a guide for readers to thoughtfully navigate the political determinants that contribute to the prospective health of our planet, subsequently impacting our individual health and overall wellness. I wholeheartedly extend my recommendation of this book to all of you.

    Pranee Liamputtong, Professor of Behaviour Science, College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity, Vietnam


    This important book offers accessible insights and learning opportunities across a range of intersecting complex topics, to give readers an anchor point for evidence as well as pathways to action - it's an important text that deserves wide distribution.

    Fiona Armstrong, Founder, Climate and Health Alliance, Australia

    The editorial team have produced an outstanding interactive student-centred resource to equipe the next generation of public health students with the tools to better understand the political perspective of key determinants of health that impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

    Ray Mahoney, Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, College of Medicine & Public Health, Flinders University, Australia