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  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU)

Our Research

The Health Equity Research and Development Unit conduct high quality research to describe health inequities, translate evidence into practice, and evaluate the impact of interventions, policies and programs on health equity.

Key Achievements

45 and Up Aged Care Cohort: Linked the 45 & Up study data to the NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection (APDC), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, and Australian Department of Human Services Medicare (MBS) data to understand health service use, integration of services and risks relating to health outcomes.

Health Homes & Neighbourhoods: Conducted a qualitative research study with families and service providers to identify barriers and enablers to service access for families to identify barriers and enablers and inform program implementation.

Can Get Health in Canterbury: Building on knowledge of working with marginalised communities, a 2016 review identified potential areas of future development in CGHiC to ensure the aims and priorities reflect the aspirations and needs of the Canterbury communities for which it is designed.

Hospital in The Home: Assessed Administrative data through an equity lens to determine who is participating in the program and who is not. Finding that significant inequities among some groups.

Universal Health Home Visiting: Initiatives are planned to improve access. Universality of access, assessment and intervention in community child and family health services: In collaboration with SESLHD and Sydney Children's Hospital HERDU reviewed Universal Health Home visiting.

Learning by Doing: Assisted course participants within SLHD to develop and conduct action research projects to identify and address health inequities.

Are universality of access, assessment and intervention being achieved by community child and family health services? In collaboration with SLHD, SESLHD and the Sydney Children's Hospital we are looking at the impact of the Universal Health Home Visit on ongoing use of the early childhood service system.

Research Staff

  • A/Prof Elizabeth Harris - Director
  • A/Prof Marilyn Wise - External Relations Advisor
  • Dr Karen McPhail-Bell - External Relations Advisor
  • Jude Page - Development Manager

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Fiona Haigh, Elizabeth Harris, Ben Harris-Roxas, Fran Baum, Andrew L. Dannenberg, Mark F. Harris,Helen Keleher, Lynn Kemp, Richard Morgan, Harrison NG Chok and Jeff Spickett. What makes health impact assessments successful? Factors contributing to effectiveness in Australia and New Zealand. BMC Public Health (2015) 15:1009DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2319-8
  2. Fran Baum, Angela Lawless, Colin MacDougall, Toni Delany, Dennis McDermott, Elizabeth Harris, Carmel Williams. New norms new policies: Did the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence scheme encourage new thinking about promoting well-being and Health in All Policies social science and medicine. Social Science & Medicine 147 (2015) 1e9



  1. Understanding Australian Policies on Public Health using Social and Political Science Theories: Report from an Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) workshopAdelaide,16/17th November.


  1. Participation in Hospital in The Home: (Presentation) Primary Health Research Conference, Adelaide.
  2. Inequality or Inequity? Referral Patterns to Hospital in the Home. (Poster) Public Health Congress Hobart.

Contact details for department

Head of Department: A/Professor Elizabeth Harris

Department/Unit: Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU)
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 9289
Facsimile: (02) 9515 6133
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: jude.page@sswahs.nsw.gov.au