A joint report released today by the Australian Bureau of
Statistics (ABS) and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
(AIHW) shows that there have been some improvements in the health
and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
There were significant falls in mortality rates for Indigenous
babies between 1991 and 2005 in Western Australia, South Australia
and the Northern Territory, the only jurisdictions for which data
were available for the full period and of sufficient quality to
report. There were also falls in the mortality rates of all
Indigenous people in Western Australia over the same period.
The report also found improvements in the socio-economic status
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including:
Despite these gains, the health status of Indigenous Australians
has shown little improvement in recent years, and remains
considerably below that of non-Indigenous Australians:
Other findings from the report include:
Tuesday 29 April 2008
Further details are in (ABS cat. no. 4704.0) available for free download
from www.abs.gov.au and www.aihw.gov.au.
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