Overview of Australian Indigenous health status

28 Feb 2013

This paper provides information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, the context of Indigenous health, various measures of population health status, selected health conditions, and health risk factors.

The main purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Indigenous people. It is beyond the scope of the Overview to analyse trends in the various indicators, so it tends to draw attention to the current health status of Australia's Indigenous peoples. The report doesn't attempt to review other aspects, such as the availability and use of services (including barriers to their use) and strategies and policies related to specific health topics. Readers interested in these aspects should refer to the topic-specific reviews that are available on the HealthInfoNet's website.

Research for the report involves the collection, collation, and analysis of a wide range of relevant information, including both published and unpublished material. Sources include government reports, particularly those produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC), and the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP).

Authored by Andrea MacRae, Neil Thomson, and Anomie, Jane Burns, Michelle Catto, Caitlin Gray, Leah Levitan, Naoibh McLoughlin, Christine Potter, Kathy Ride, Sasha Stumpers, Avinna Trzesinski, and Belinda Urquhart.

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