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Australia’s health 2010: the twelfth biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Posted on: 26 July, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 3, July 2010 - September 2010
Related to Health Health services Protective and risk factors

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)
Australia’s health 2010: the twelfth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia’s health 2010 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the twelfth 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 5.1 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, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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