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Date posted: 15 February 2012
Prime Minister Julia Gillard today launched the Government's annual report card on efforts to end Indigenous disadvantage.
The Closing the gap Prime Minister's report 2012 outlines the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The most positive changes in Indigenous health status described in this year's report have been in the areas of child and overall mortality.
The report states that the nation is on track to meet the under-five mortality target with a continued decline in mortality rates for Indigenous children - falling by 48% from 1991 to 2010 across the three jurisdictions in which long-term comparison is possible (Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory).
Overall Indigenous mortality rates have declined by 36% from 1991 to 2010 in the three jurisdictions for which reliable data are available for this period (Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory).
In her parliamentary speech, Prime Minister Gillard said that 'Closing the gap on life expectancy by 2031 remains the most challenging target of all.'