Oxford University Press
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Nursing and Public Health
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.