Published on 3 March 2021
The Women’s Mental Health Alliance today welcomed the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, but expressed disappointment that it did not address the specific needs of women and girls.
Dr Adele Murdolo, CEO of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, agreed. ‘I welcome the report’s strong focus on equity and inclusion, but it doesn’t overtly address the impacts of multiple and intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination. Experiences of racism, gender inequality, violence against women, settlement stress and trauma all play a role in influencing the mental health and wellbeing of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.’