Institutional racism in Australian healthcare: a plea for decency

Barbara R Henry, Shane Houston and Gavin H Mooney
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (10): 517-520.

Fairness and compassion are the bases for improving Aboriginal health

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  • Barbara R Henry1
  • Shane Houston2
  • Gavin H Mooney3

  • Social and Public Health Economics Research Group (SPHERe), Curtin University, Perth, WA.


Competing interests:

None identified.

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