01 Jun, 2007 Last updated: 04 Dec, 2014

For some time VicHealth has identified discrimination and its resulting disadvantages as one of the important drivers of mental ill health. It has the potential to harm us all by undermining community relations and social cohesion, stifling productivity and placing an unnecessary burden on our health, welfare and legal systems.

Download: Making the link between cultural discrimination and health (1.52MB)

For some time VicHealth has identified discrimination and its resulting disadvantages as one of the important drivers of mental ill health. Discrimination based on a person’s ethnicity, culture or religion carries an enormous cost on the individual and has devastating effects on families and communities. It has the potential to harm us all by undermining community relations and social cohesion, stifling productivity and placing an unnecessary burden on our health, welfare and legal systems.

In this issue we not only raise awareness of the problem of discrimination and its associated health, social and economic costs, but provide some ideas towards reducing it.