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