Intersectionality Forum - people talking

Intersectionality explains how an individual may experience multiple types of overlapping discrimination, depending on their age, gender, ethnicity, physical or cognitive ability, class or other characteristics that may place them in a minority group. The link between experiences of discrimination and poor mental and physical health outcomes has been well established yet in the course of responding to clients, it is often de-prioritised in favour of other treatment targets.

Using an intersectional lens, the forum aimed to assist managers and practitioners identify the ways in which systems and practice can discriminate and disadvantage already marginalised clients. The forum provided new strategies and frameworks to assist in  paying attention to the experiences of marginalised groups, correct collective biases and remove or reduce obstacles to accessing services and improving health outcomes.


Intersectionality underpinned by data and stories – Angela Costi Senior Adviser, Information and Engagement, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Intersectionality: What differences matter most; when, why and how – Nilmini Fernando

Intersectionality: it’s everybody’s business – Sue McDonough & Shehani DeSilva VTMH


Common Behavioural Patterns

Creating a Safe Space

Understanding Privilege and Oppression


  1. ‘A guide for using statistics for evidence based policy’, 2010 (cat. no. 1500.0):
    This document gives an overview of how good statistics inform policy and related decision making. It includes info on interpreting and analysing data, and how to communicate about data.
  2. ‘Quality Management of statistical outputs produced from administrative data’, 2011 (cat. no. 1522.0):
    This document contains information about how to collect and use administrative data, challenges and barriers to the process, defining data needs. managing risks etc.
  3. Essential Statistical Assets’, 2016 ( 1395.0):
    This is a ‘broader’ level document that was compiled from consultations with a wide range of key stakeholders, and looks at the kinds of challenges with compiling/producing statistics,  one of which looks at how improving access to administration data, data sharing and integrating data for statistical and research purposes is a key priority.

Three Sides of the Coin:

Intersectionality Theory

Intersectionality – A Fun Guide

Diversity Wheel

Wheel of Oppression

Victorian Government Diversity and Intersectionality