Centre for Social Impact Swinburne

Improving Health Equity for Young People: The Role of Social Enterprise

The purpose of this study is to investigate and analyse the ways in which social enterprises affect the social determinants of health equity for young people from disadvantaged rural and metropolitan fringe areas. During the transition to adulthood, health inequities may become entrenched, and young people in disadvantaged areas experience relatively poorer health than the wider population. Addressing health inequities upstream is critical to reducing them, with social enterprise gaining recent attention as one vehicle for doing this.

This project will contribute to a much-needed evidence base for understanding if, and if so, how, social enterprises redress social determinants of health inequities among young people. It will respond to an important problem for our partner organisations by shedding light on the impacts of social enterprises on social determinants of health for young people, the conditions under which positive impacts are likely to occur, and the implications for effective design of enterprises and policy.

Project Timeframe

November 2017 – November 2020

Research team


In partnership with Vic Health, Foundation for Young Australians, and Social Traders.