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by Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council
||Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing
||4 August 2011
This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.
The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:
- health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
- measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
- health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
- a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
- narrowing of the mortality gap
- reduction in infant mortality
- chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
- there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
- risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
- access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
- access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.
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