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Respiratory and sleep health in Indigenous Australians

Posted on: 21 April, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 2, April 2010 - June 2010
Related to Respiratory health Protective and risk factors

Pierce R, Antic R, Chang A, Howard M, James A, et al. (2010)
Respiratory and sleep health in Indigenous Australians.
Sydney: Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

This report details the burden of respiratory and sleep symptoms in Indigenous Australians for the purpose of identifying and making recommendations on healthcare goals and strategies to improve respiratory health among this group. The report describes the prevalence, mortality and morbidity of acute and chronic respiratory disease and sleep disorders in Indigenous Australians and discusses specific disease issues. The report also investigates existing health service resources and includes case studies of Indigenous patients with respiratory and sleep health problems.

To conclude, the paper presents a strategic framework for respiratory and sleep health care, a summary of the major issues relating to respiratory and sleep health and offers recommendations on how to reduce premature deaths and morbidity of chronic respiratory disease in Indigenous Australians. The report was commissioned by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Sleep Association and the Australian Lung Foundation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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    • The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000, ph: (02) 9256 5457, fax: (02) 9241 4162,
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