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Not Racist, But … Racism and Health
In 2017, the Victorian Government released a report on the impact of racism on the health of people who live in the state. The study – which included interviews with more than 33,000 Victorians – confirmed what many studies around the world had already concluded: racism is literally bad for your health.
In this conversation, Santilla Chingaipe, Lyn Morgain, Janine Mohamed and Adele Murdolo look at how and why racism impacts minds and bodies – discussing internalised prejudice, shortcomings in the training and recruitment of medical professionals and institutionalised discrimination in the healthcare system.
The panellists discuss the unique and historical impacts of racism on Indigenous Australians and the strategies for addressing these specific challenges. They also talk through racial discrimination more broadly, as it affects non-English speaking Australians and Australians from non-European backgrounds. What are the barriers to progress and how can we do better?