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Racism and Health

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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, we’ll 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.

Our panellists will discuss the unique and historical impacts of racism on Indigenous Australians and the strategies for addressing these specific challenges. They’ll 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?   

Featuring

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist and filmmaker whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. She is a regular contributor to the Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR).  Chingaipe wrote and direc... Read more

Adele Murdolo

Adele is from an Italian migrant background and has led the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health as its Executive Director for 17 years. She has a PhD in History and Women’s Studies, and her research and publication areas include women’s health, violence against women and feminist history a... Read more

Lyn Morgain

Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of cohealth, Victoria’s largest community health organisation. Lyn has been an executive leader in public policy, not for profit organisations and government over the past twenty five years, holding community well being, planning, governance and community service... Read more

Janine Mohamed

Janine Mohamed is a proud Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in nursing, management, project management, and workforce and health policy in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. Many of these years have been spent in the Aboriginal C... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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