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STIR is a social movement committed to te Tiriti o Waitangi and exposing and ending institutional racism in the health system.

Formed in 2013 the Public Health Association (PHA) Special Interest Group (SIG) is a nationwide network of public health professionals and activist scholars committed to ending institutional racism within the administration of the public health sector. Early in 2015 we rebranded as STIR: Stop Institutional Racism.

STIR members have presented on racism, anti-racism, decolonisation and te Tiriti o Waitangi more than 100 times since 2013. We have written submissions, influenced and written policy, meet with health sector leaders, and published detailed evidence of how racism operates and can be disrupted. We have prepared shadow reports to the United Nations, evidence for Waitangi Tribunal claimants and largely won the argument that institutional racism is rife within the health sector. We are now working with folk to disrupt racism informed by our research in this area. We have established international networks and continue to support those experiencing institutional racism.


See the current membership of STIR below. Collectively we are passionate about public health, addressing health inequities, advancing social justice and ending institutional racism.



STIR in the media

ABC Pacific Mornings 14 March 2019 - Dr Heather Came
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