Title

Gastrointestinal disorders

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

1451

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Thomson, N. J., & Ali, M. (2003). Gastrointestinal disorders. In Thomson, Neil (Eds.). The health of indigenous Australians (pp. 290-312). Location: Oxford University Press. Original article available here.

Abstract

Gastrointestinal disorders are a major problem for Indigenous people, particularly infants and young children. The conditions affecting children are predominantly intestinal infections, causing diarrhoea, and parasitic infestations. For Indigenous adults, lifestyle factors, such as alcohol use and diet, play a more important role in gastrointestinal disease. The gastrointestinal conditions affecting Indigenous children are described in the first section of this chapter. The second, shorter section discusses those gastrointestinal disorders about which there is some published information regarding Indigenous adults.