Racism 'weakens Indigenous health'

The Age , 14 March 2008, p 3
Racism toward Indigenous people undermines their health, a new paper says. Studies show that three out of four Aborigines experience racism in everyday life, and that racist experiences are associated with depression, psychological distress and substance abuse. reducing racism must be part of Federal government plans to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The paper developed from a symposium at Melbourne University. the lead author, Dr Yin Paradies from the university, said many people did not think there was racism in Australia but it was 'alarmingly common'.