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Access and Equity

The World Health Organisation (2018) identifies that “health equity or “equity in health” implies that everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving their potential.

In essence, equity is the absence of avoidable, unfair or unkind differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, culturally, economically or demographically.


In the South West Victoria region, inequity in health often exists for the following groups of people;

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Farmers and their families
  • Rural communities
  • Women
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning, Asexual and Allies (LGBTIQA) people
  • Older people
  • Young people
  • People with mental health issues
  • People living with disability


Inclusive engagement with these populations is the mantra of the ‘Access and Equity’ portfolio and a human right.


South West PCP aims to support partner organisations to provide inclusive and equitable environments for health, ensuring all people of South West Victoria have the opportunity to access suitable and effective services.

We recognise that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to addressing access and equity, so we take time to understand the individual needs of each organisation and aim to support them in a meaningful way, using evidence based strategies.

To find out how South West PCP can support your organisation, contact us on (03)5561 9847