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Discussion paper

Partnership for Justice in Health: scoping paper on race, racism and the Australian health system

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The Partnership for Justice in Health (P4JH) is an alliance of self-determining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics, legal experts, and national peak health and justice organisations committed to working together to eliminate the impacts of racism on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

Key Findings/Recommendations:

  • The violence of race and racism in Australia has been obvious for a very long time. It’s manifestations have become a matter of indisputable public record, particularly through coronial inquests into the deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples seeking health care.
  • In complaints received by National Aboriginal and Torres Services (NATSILS), and in the knowledge and experiences of members and leaders of every organisation that participates in the Partnership for Health Justice, there is found an urgent mandate to better understand and intervene in the operation of race and racism in the Australian health system.
  • The paper recommends that this discussion paper form the basis for the development of a master-class to upskill health researchers, and to foster urgent uptake of an ‘Indigenous centred race critical health agenda’ capable of achieving justice in health, enabling a health system free of racism.
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