Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011

Document Type



Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Place of Publication

Mt Lawley, Western Australia


Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet


Thomson, N. , MacRae, A. , Brankovich, J., Burns, J., Catto, M., Gray, C, , Levitan, L., Maling, C., Potter, C. , Ride, K., Stumpers, S. , Urquhart, B.. (2012). Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011. Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

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This overview has been prepared by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet as a part of our efforts to contribute to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Indigenous people and other Australians by making relevant, high quality knowledge and information easily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

Research for the overview involves the collection, collation, and analysis of a wide range of relevant information, including both published and unpublished material.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) and the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP).

Very important additions to the regular ABS and AIHW publications are four series of special reports that bring together key information about Indigenous disadvantages in health and related areas.

A number of sections include the results of our own analyses of data obtained from a variety of sources. For example, estimates of the age-adjusted incidence of end-stage renal disease were made using notification data provided by ANZDATA. Similarly, information about a number of communicable diseases was derived from data published by the Kirby Institute.

The initial sections provide information about the context of Indigenous health, Indigenous population, and various measures of population health status. Most sections about specific health conditions comprise an introduction about the condition and evidence of the current burden of the condition among Indigenous people.

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