Title

Aboriginal health status

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

2612

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Thomson, N. J., Murray, R., Ring, I., & Garrow, S. (2003). Aboriginal health status. In Sophia Couzos, Richard Murray (Eds.). Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence based approach (pp. 38-60). Location: Oxford University Press. Original book available here.

Abstract

In 2000, the then Commonwealth Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Honourable Dr Michael Wooldridge, concluded that 'our single most spectacular failure as a nation has been in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health'. I He went on to note that 'the life expectancy of Aboliginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples t9day has not been seen in other Australians for 100 years'. Not only is the life expectancy of indigenous Australians far less than that of other Australians, but it is likely that the disparity in mortality between indigenous and other Australians has increased in recent years.