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The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010

Posted on: 1 June, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 2, April 2010 - June 2010
Related to Births Deaths Health Hospitalisation

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)
The Health and Welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Bureau of Statistics

This major report presents a broad national picture of the health and welfare of the Indigenous population and explores the disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The report draws on results from the recent 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) as well as other other surveys and Census data.

The topics covered in the report include:

  • the demographic, social and economic context
  • education, employment and health
  • housing circumstances
  • mothers’ and children’s health
  • health status
  • health risk factors
  • mortality
  • disability and carers
  • access to health and community services

The findings from the report highlight some improvements in the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also the ongoing disadvantage and poor health experienced by the Indigenous population compared with the non-Indigenous population.

Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • a life expectancy gap of 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females between Indigenous people and their non-Indigenous counterparts
  • continuing improvement in the socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous Australians although these still remain below those for non-Indigenous Australians
  • continuing increases in educational attainment among Indigenous Australians
  • poorer self-assessed health and higher levels of self-reported psychological distress among Indigenous Australians compared to non-Indigenous Australians
  • a decline in Indigenous tobacco smoking rates and no significant change in Indigenous alcohol consumption rates
  • positive findings in relation to maternal health and factors affecting childhood development including high rates of breastfeeding and physical activity among Indigenous children.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

  • To obtain the report:
    • Available online: AIHW cat. no. IHW 30; ABS cat. no. 4704.0; free.
    • Phone, fax or email orders: Australian Bureau of Statistics, ph: 1300 135 070, fax 1300 135 211, email: client.services@abs.gov.au
  • Contact details:
    • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 26 Thynne Street, Fern Hill Park, Bruce ACT, GPO Box 570, Canberra ACT 2601, ph: (02) 6244 1000, fax: (02) 6244 1299, email: info@aihw.gov.au
    • Australian Bureau of Statistics, ph: 1300 135 070, fax 1300 135 211, email: client.services@abs.gov.au