In addition to understanding the economic drivers of health, we must understand the diverse communities in our region and how these intersect and impact on the wellbeing and health of women in our region. Understanding intersectionality is vital if primary prevention practitioners are going to improve the social determinants of health.

If you don’t have a lens that’s been trained to look at how various forms of discrimination come together, you’re unlikely to develop a set of policies that will be as inclusive as they need to be.

(Kimberle Crenshaw in McCauley, 2016)

Much of the data informing intersectionality and diversity is often recorded from one perspective rather than multiple perspectives. We therefore draw a picture of diversity and intersectional issues by viewing the data as a whole rather than silos.

In terms of actual numbers, the latest 2018 released data reports 1,098,200 people living with a disability, whereas 304,940 people were living with a severe or profound disability across Victoria in 2016. The number for Greater Dandenong was around 11,000 people while Casey had over 18,000 people with a disability. These numbers contrast markedly with other LGAs in the SMR. Port Phillip had a total of 3,721 people with a disability and Stonnington had 4,014 people ​(ABS, 2021; Greater Dandenong, 2021; ABS, 2018)