Racism in Victoria and What it Means for the Health of Victorians

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Mental Health, Physical Health, Racism, Social Determinants of Health,

Social determinants (including racism) make a larger contribution to ill-health than the unhealthy behaviours of individuals (lifestyle risk factors). This suggests that more action is needed to address the social determinants of health. Racism damages health via multiple pathways, directly and indirectly. This report suggests that effectively tackling racism would improve the mental and physical health of Victorians. The first step to reducing the harmful impact of racism is to acknowledge that it exists and that it is harmful to health link