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Date posted: 4 April 2013
The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week released jurisdictional versions of data on indicators relevant to the health status, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Indigenous Australians.
The publications report on data gathered between 2001-2010 and include jurisdiction-specific information on the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, and South Australia.
Selwyn Button, CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) has welcomed the released publications. 'Although this data is now two years old, over the past three years there have been major improvements in the overall numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing services and undertaking comprehensive health assessments for health workers to know and understand what their ongoing care needs are,' Mr Button stated.
'This data and information clearly supports the notion that in order to make longlasting impacts upon the overall health of our communities, we must continue to focus our efforts in providing good quality comprehensive primary health care,' Mr Button said.
Although the report shows that there have been improvements in overall avoidable mortality rates, deaths relating to circulatory disease and infant mortality rates, there are still some concerns in ongoing management of chronic disease, smoking rates across communities and smoking during pregnancy.
Source: NACCHO Communique, ABC News