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Determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous Australians

Posted on: 11 August, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 3, July 2014 – September 2014
Related to Sexual health Offender health Education Social issues

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)
Determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous Australians
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper looks at the wellbeing of Australia’s Indigenous people and factors linked with wellbeing. While the focus is on subjective measures of wellbeing, a number of objective measures are also considered; for example, employment status, income and health status. In Australia, subjective measures of wellbeing collected in large-scale surveys generally fall into two main types:

  • emotional wellbeing – the balance between a person’s positive feelings (such as happiness) and negative feelings (such as sadness)
  • life satisfaction – how a person feels about their life and the extent to which it has met and is meeting their expectations.

The paper is structured as follows:

  • section one describes the key data sources used in this paper, including how subjective wellbeing is measured in these data sources
  • section two provides information on the subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians compared with that of non-Indigenous Australians
  • section three examines the connection between Indigenous subjective wellbeing and a number of factors including health, income and employment, education levels, criminal activity, and victimisation rates.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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