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

Posted on: 15 December, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 4, October - December 2010
Related to Closing the gap Environmental health Oral health Social and emotional wellbeing Alcohol use Illicit drug use Tobacco use Social issues

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)
The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Oct 2010
Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:

  • The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
  • The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
  • Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
  • Socioeconomic outcomes continue to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
  • More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
  • The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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