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Australia's health 2014 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the fourtenth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.
Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 7 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse and illicit drug use.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
The Palliative care services in Australia report provides detailed information on the national responses to the palliative care needs of Australians, including Indigenous Australians. This publication is the first in a planned series of annual reports providing this information. The report broadly considers three aspects of palliative care:
Details from a range of national data sources, including the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, are presented for 2009-10 and where available 2010-11. Changes over time are also shown.
Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
These guidelines provide dementia-specific information and practical guidance for assessors from home and community care (HACC) assessment services, to improve assessment, care planning and service provision for people with possible dementia and their carers. Information for working with groups with diverse needs including Indigenous clients is also provided in this document.
The guidelines are designed to be a companion document to Strengthening assessment and care planning: a guide for HACC assessment services in Victoria.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Health Victoria