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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Report identifies divide among drinkers at risk in the NT

Date posted: 31 January 2014

A report reveals that a greater proportion of non-Indigenous people are at risk of long-term harm from alcohol in the Northern Territory than Indigenous people.

The latest Productivity Commission report shows 25% of non-Indigenous people are at risk, compared to the national rate of 20%. In comparison, only 14% of Indigenous Territorians are at risk, which is below the national rate of 19%.

The figures have been released just weeks after the Federal Government restricted a parliamentary inquiry into looking only at alcohol issues among Indigenous Australians.

The Productivity Commission report looks in to Australia's government services, including dissecting health services by state and territory. It shows the Territory has the second highest overall proportion of people at risk of long-term harm from alcohol, after Western Australia.

The data also shows the Territory has the highest proportion of people with type two diabetes, and the highest rate of potentially avoidable deaths in the nation.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Last updated: 30 January 2014
 
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