Ethnic aged discrimination and disparities in health and social care : a question of social justice

Johnstone, Megan-Jane and Kanitsaki, Olga 2008, Ethnic aged discrimination and disparities in health and social care : a question of social justice, Australasian journal on ageing, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 110-115, doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00311.x.

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Title Ethnic aged discrimination and disparities in health and social care : a question of social justice
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Kanitsaki, Olga
Journal name Australasian journal on ageing
Volume number 27
Issue number 3
Start page 110
End page 115
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1440-6381
Keyword(s) cultural diversity
ethnic aged
cultural racism
social justice
Summary Older overseas-born Australians of diverse cultural and language backgrounds experience significant disparities in their health and social care needs and support systems. Despite being identified as a 'special needs' group, the ethnic aged in Australia are generally underserved by local health and social care services, experience unequal burdens of disease and encounter cultural and language barriers to accessing appropriate health and social care compared to the average Australian-born population. While a range of causes have been suggested to explain these disparities, rarely has the possibility of cultural racism been considered. In this article, it is suggested that cultural racism be named as a possible cause of ethnic aged disparities and disadvantage in health and social care. It is further suggested that unless cultural racism is named as a structural mechanism by which ethnic aged disparities in health and social care have been created and maintained, redressing them will remain difficult.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00311.x
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, The Authors
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