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The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.
The 2012-13 report card collates the most up-to-date research and evidence on the factors in the early life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children that determine health outcomes later in life. On the basis of that evidence, the 2012-13 report card makes a range of recommendations to governments to improve health and wellbeing in the early years, in the following areas:
'In their early years, children need to be safe, have adequate opportunities for growth and development, and have access to adequate health, child development, and education services,' said AMA president, Dr Steve Hambleton. 'Robust and properly targeted and sustained investment in healthy early childhood development is one of the keys to breaking the cycle of ill health and premature death among Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.'
To view the full report please refer to the links below.
Source: Australian Medical Association