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Understanding and addressing racism through the LEAD program

Understanding and addressing racism against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through the LEAD program

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.

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