Journal article

Experiencing racism in health care: the mental health impacts for Victorian Aboriginal communities

Margaret A Kelaher, Angeline S Ferdinand, Yin Paradies

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine experiences of racism in health settings and their impact on mental health among Aboriginal Australians. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A cross-sectional survey of experiences of racism and mental health was conducted in two metropolitan and two rural Victorian local government areas (LGAs) between 1 December 2010 and 31 October 2011. Participants included 755 Aboriginal Australians aged over 18 years who had resided in the relevant LGA for at least a year. The response rate across all LGAs was 99%. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Being above or below the threshold for high or very high psychological distress on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale. RESULTS: 221 particip..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Aboriginal Experiences of Racism survey was funded by the Lowitja Institute, Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and beyondblue. VicHealth also funded Angeline Ferdinand through its research practice leader program. Margaret Kelaher was supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. We would like to thank the community workers for their invaluable support in administering the surveys. We would also like to thank Peter Streker and Pamela Rodriguez for their support and advice.