Hid­den costs of dis­crim­i­na­tion

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

AN in­spir­ing dis­cus­sion on so­cial in­clu­sion to be led by 2018 WA Aus­tralian of the Year Tracy Wester­man will be streamed live on­line af­ter all tick­ets to the sym­po­sium at UWA were snapped up in ad­vance.

The event, ti­tled So­cial In­clu­sion’s Role on Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing, and or­gan­ised by Aus­pire – Aus­tralian Day Coun­cil WA, will ex­plore how a more in­clu­sive Aus­tralia would in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and har­mony.

A Deakin Uni­ver­sity re­search project found ex­clu­sion and dis­crim­i­na­tion had cost the Aus­tralian econ­omy $450 bil­lion from 20012011.

Thought lead­ers in­clud­ing Dr Wester­man will talk about the ef­fect so­cial ex­clu­sion has on societal well­be­ing and how all peo­ple can con­trib­ute to an in­clu­sive Aus­tralia.

Dr Wester­man re­ceived her hon­our for her work de­vel­op­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal tests that iden­tify Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple at early stages of men­tal health and sui­cide

risk. She has trained more than 22,000 clin­i­cians in cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate psy­cho­log­i­cal ap­proaches.

Shalom House founder Peter Lyn­don-James, re­la­tion­ships and in­clu­sion

con­sul­tant Katie Curo, UWA in­clu­sion and diver­sity strate­gist Fadzi Whande and UWA Cen­tre for So­cial Im­pact se­nior re­search fel­low Lisa Wood will join Dr Wester­man on the panel.

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