Indigenous Health

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Indigenous Health

The Australian Bureau of Statistics(ABS) estimates that there are between 418,800 and 476,900 indigenous people in Australia. Children's health issues:The infant mortality rate among indigenous people is three times higher than the national average. 15.2 deaths per 1,000 births.Causes: Around nine out of ten children aged five years and under are constantly exposed to cigarette smoke in the home15 years and under:Cause: diseases of the chest and throat, middle ear infectionsAdult men: injures from accidents, diseases of the heart and chestAdult women: Pregnancy and birth, diseases of the urinary and reproduction systems, injuries sustained in accident

What groups are affected?

The incidence of Indigenous Australians

In 2011, 669,736 Indigenous people living in Australia Indigenous people made up 3.0% of the total Australian population In 2011, 90% of Indigenous people identified as Aboriginal, 6% identified as Torres Strait Islanders, and 4% identified as both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander In 2011, around one-third of Indigenous people lived in major cities


VAHS (The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service) -provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for our community -supporting the well-being of the community through contributions to community events and activities

NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) -National peak body representing over 150 ACCHSs across the country on Aboriginal health and wellbeing issues. - Promoting, developing and expanding the provision of health and wellbeing services through local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) -Fostering cooperative partnerships and working relationships with agencies that respect Aboriginal community control and holistic concepts of health and wellbeing. PROGRAMS NACCHO RUN INCLUDES: •CLOSE THE GAP•HEALTHY FUTURES FOR GENERATIONAL CHANGE

For Indigenous Australians, there is a Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (also known as CATSIN). CATSIN represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses, midwives and nursing/midwifery students. They work towards closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians.

Nurses and Indigenous Australians

The long term implications are for Indigenous Australians are lower life expectancy, higher mortality rates for infants and death due to either respiratory conditions, stroke, kidney problems, smoking and lack of vaccinations.

Indigenous Health

Indigenous Organisations

Factsheet by Yan, Mitze, Sofia and Yu


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