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Indigenous gap not closing, it is getting worse in some cases

Date posted: 11 September 2014

The life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has not improved in more than 10 years and in some areas of health is getting worse, according to a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report.

The Mortality and life expectancy of Indigenous Australians 2008 to 2012 report found that two-thirds of Indigenous Australians die before 65 years old, compared to only 19% of the rest of the population. They are dying of preventable diseases linked to poverty and geography.

Several leading experts including Dr Tom Calma, the founding chairman of the Close the Gap campaign, state concerns over the lack of funding to assist improving the social factors that are contributing to ill health, impacting the life expectancy of Indigenous Australians, and call for the Government to focus on preventable health measures.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


Last updated: 23 September 2014
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