Previous research has shown that racist attitudes towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are widespread in Australian society, and that these attitudes have a detrimental impact on people’s health and wellbeing. This project aimed to bring a stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective to a broader program of work, the LEAD (Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity) program, which was undertaken by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). The project sought to ensure that those components of the LEAD evaluation of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities were implemented appropriately. It also sought to ensure that the benefit of LEAD is maximised for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and for policymakers and service providers.
A report by VicHealth was launched by Dr Helen Szoke, Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, at Congress Lowitja on 14 November 2012. The Lowitja Institute also published a report and summary report:
- Mental Health Impacts of Racial Discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal Communities: The Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) Experiences of Racism Survey, by Ferdinand, A., Paradies, Y. & Kelaher, M. 2013, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne. This report is available as a full report and a summary report.
Related links and resources
- Racism symposium project and development of communication materials
- Racism symposum event details
- Sympsium statement
- VicHealth Summary: Mental health impacts of racial discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal communities Experiences of Racism survey
- Racism a major risk factor for Aboriginal health, report finds, in Wangka Pulka newsletter, issue 8, December 2012.
- Media release: Report shows link between racism and poorer mental health, 13 November 2012