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Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage: progress towards this important goal

Posted on: 26 August, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 3, July 2010 - September 2010
Related to Health measurement Population Social determinants Education Workforce Employment

Russell L, Wenham S (2010)
Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage: progress towards this important goal
Canberra: Menzies Centre for Health Policy

This report examines whether the Australian government’s commitment to ‘closing the gap’ has made any progress. The report compares time elapsed since the government commitment, with what has actually occurred in relation to:

  • life expectancy;
  • infant mortality;
  • access to early education;
  • literracy and numeracy;
  • year 12 retention rates; and
  • employment.

Regarding the life expectancy gap the authors argue that while the life expectancy gap has decreased from 20 years to 11 years, this does not indicate an actual improvement in the life expectancy of Indigenous Australians. The accuracy of the 11 year ‘gap’ is being questioned due to the methodology used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of matching death records with a census record, as currently 26% of Indigenous deaths are not matched with a census record.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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