The Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity leads high quality scholarship on the social and economic determinants of health and health equity.

We conduct highly relevant research that informs practice and policy development in Australia and overseas, in relation to the promotion of population mental and physical health and health equity, and the reduction of social and economic exclusion.

The Institute's research focus is on what can be done about the underlying factors that determine the distribution of health and well-being outcomes. The Institute produces research knowledge on why health inequities exist, what can be done about them and how population health overall can be improved.

In October 2012, the Southgate Institute’s Director, Professor Fran Baum, was honoured as one of Flinders University' most eminent professors with the inaugural award of the title of Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor.

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Overarching Goal

To contribute to a healthy and fair global community, with a particular focus on Australia, by conducting high quality, policy-relevant research on the social and economic determinants of health, health equity and Aboriginal health and build capacity to conduct such research.

Background

The Southgate Institute has been established through Flinders University’s Centres and Institutes program and Professor Baum’s Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship.

The Southgate Institute is named after the late Associate Professor Deane O. Southgate AM FRACGP, FACOM. A/Prof Southgate was Head of the then Department of Primary Care and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine, Flinders University at the time of his death in 1991.

Missions and Aims

The Southgate Institute's Goal/Strategic Intent is:

To contribute to a healthy and fair global community, with a particular focus on Australia, by conducting  high quality, policy-relevant research on the social and economic determinants of health, health equity and Aboriginal health, and build capacity to conduct such research.

Aims

The Institute aims to build on the international, national and local reputation of Flinders University for conducting policy and practice relevant research on the social and economic determinants of health and health equity. The research focus is on what can be done about the underlying factors that determine the distribution of health and well-being outcomes and influence social inclusion or exclusion. The Institute is developing research knowledge on why health inequities exist, what can be done about them and how population health overall can be improved. Where possible, this knowledge is used to inform local, regional, state and national initiatives designed to reduce health inequities and their underlying causes.

The Southgate Institute:

  • Conducts research on the policies, programs and practices that give rise to health inequities and social exclusion;
  • Conducts research on what can be done to change or improve policies and programs to better promote health equity and social inclusion;
  • Adds to the community's knowledge about the causes, adverse impacts and possible solutions for health inequities and social exclusion;
  • Provides a platform for developing a research partnership with similar national and international research centres and institutes;
  • Brings together a range of researchers and research groups, from within and outside Flinders that use a range of research approaches.

The Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity has its roots in the Health and Society Area of Strategic Research Investment (ASRI) in Flinders University which was initally funded in 2006. The Institute was established in 2009 through the ASRI program and the Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship of Professor Fran Baum.  The Federation Fellowship was also supported by the SA Department of Health, the SA Government's Social Inclusion Initiative, the Premier's Science & Research Fund, and Flinders University.