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Date posted: 25 October 2010
Research into Victorian hospital data between 2005 and 2008 revealed that Victorian Aborigines are missing out on essential interventions for managing heart disease. The data showed that Aboriginal Australians received fewer hospital interventions during this time than the broader Australian community. Professor Ian Anderson of Melbourne University, highlighted reasons for this disparity including: reduced awareness of heart disease symptoms among Aboriginal Australians; reluctance of Aboriginal Australians to attend a hospital due to a lack of understanding about risk factors; and problems in communication between hospital staff and Aboriginal Australians. Aboriginal elder, Herb Patten talked about the need for expansion of Aboriginal health centres, the employment of more Indigenous Australian hospital staff, and subsidies for travel and accommodation for those people travelling from remote areas to seek treatment.