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|Institution||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of Statistics|
|Date||26 August 2005|
|Report number||ABS Catalogue no. 4704.0|
This major report presents a broad national picture of the health and welfare of the Indigenous population and explores the disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Topics covered include:
The findings of the report demonstrate that the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remains poor compared with the rest of the Australian population and they experience many disadvantages. Changes over time in the health and welfare outcomes for Indigenous people have been described where possible. Life expectancy among Indigenous men and women remains approximately 17 years less than among their non-Indigenous counterparts, but some health improvements have been noted. Declines were identified in Indigenous mortality rates in Western Australia and in infant mortality rates in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. There have also been improvements in some of the social determinants of health, particularly in education and employment outcomes.
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