Tuesday, 22 April 2008

'Racism to blame' for Aboriginal health problems

The Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR) group says racism is directly to blame for many health problems in the Aboriginal community.

The group has launched a national campaign called "Racism makes me sick" to highlight the issue.

ANTAR's national director Gary Highland says heart disease, mental illness, premature births and other illnesses in the Indigenous population can be directly attributed to the negative impact of racism on a person's health.

He says the life-expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous will not improve unless some positive changes occur in attitudes.


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