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"Australia worst in the world for indigenous health

The health of Aborigines lags almost 100 years behind other Australians and they are the sickest indigenous people of all the wealthy nations, a report by the World Health Organisation says.

The report into indigenous health worldwide found Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders had significantly worse results than non-indigenous people on every health indicator, resulting in an average life expectancy 17 years below that of white Australians and an average age of death of just 33 for Aboriginal males in some parts of NSW.

Some Aborigines still suffer from leprosy, rheumatic heart disease and tuberculosis, which were banished from the white population decades ago, says the report, compiled by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and presented to the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Indigenous Health in Adelaide yesterday.


The Minister for Health, Tony Abbott, said the gap was "something which no one can be happy about but if it were easy to tackle it would have been tackled a long time ago. It's all very well to talk about formal apologies but I think indigenous people and the general population are much more interested in seeing better practical outcomes than in gestures, however meaningful those gestures might be to some".

He said a funding increase was likely in the budget, but not in the area of $500 million. "You have to have the infrastructure in place to get results. We want to make sure that as far as is humanly possible, we get results from our spending.""

Oh, ain't I just proud to be part of this country.


(From sonanova)


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May. 4th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Yeah. Leprosy. Truly something to be proud of.
May. 4th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
that icon suits this really well.
May. 4th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
yeah. I don't use it often.
May. 4th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
the angry icon.
May. 4th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
you see that as angry? I see them as little tapestry dudes hugging each other for comfort.
May. 4th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
disappointed and just a little angry, i reckon. i don't see the comfort thing at all, but maybe it's just the way the cut down version looks.
May. 4th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
I'm ferreting through all the crap on my desk trying to find the original postcard I scanned and cropped the image from. As the overspill from my desk(s) carries over across a bed and onto the floor, I might be at it for some time.
May. 4th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
i look forward to hearing from you when you return ;)
May. 4th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
I'll release a homing pigeon if I sight land!
May. 4th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
As a health professional in country WA I will say that the government does have a point, just not the point they think they have.

The medical doctor shortage at the moment means there are six figure salary jobs sitting empty for months, if not years at a time at the moment. Throwing more money isn't working, and bringing doctors from overseas doesn't particularly work either - no-one can understand them, and it leads to "accidents". You know, those type of accidents.

Mind you, if some short sighted little maggot hadn't screwed with HECS, then maybe we wouldn't be having this shortage at the moment...
May. 4th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
hey, thanks for that little bit.
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