Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Indigenous health

'Angelina and Baby' Bathurst Island 2004, Heide Smith

You don't have to go very far to see the inequity within our world. Despite our wealth as a nation and our reputation for education, healthcare and so on, some of our Indigenous Australians are living in conditions that might be more familiar to us as those of the developing world. Consider the following health statistics.

  • The average life expectancy for Indigenous men and women is 17 years less than non-Indigenous; 59 years for Indigenous men and 65 years of Indigenous women.
  • Indigenous death rates are likely to be four times higher than those of non-Indigenous people.
  • Infant mortality is 2.5 times higher in Indigenous communities than non-Indigenous.
  • The number of Indigenous people who die from diabetes each year is 25 times the number of non-Indigenous. http://www.actnow.com.au/Issues/Indigenous_health.aspx

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