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Northern Territory Aboriginal men fall behind in life expectancy

Date posted: 17 July 2017

Life expectancy gaps for Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal women are closing, yet they are widening for men. That was the verdict handed down by a new study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The study found that between 1967 and 2012, the difference in life expectancies for NT Aboriginal women and the wider Australian population declined by just over four years. But that number rose by one year, for men.

The research was a joint initiative of the NT Department of Health, Menzies School of Health Research and the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. It did report that Aboriginal Australians, and all Australians can expect to live longer, but the gaps still remain for men.

Reduced infant mortality rates had seen big jumps in life expectancy for Aboriginal people, but differences in life expectancies now came into play.

The higher mortality of NT Aboriginal people in that age bracket now accounted for 73% of the difference in the life expectancy between NT Aboriginal people and all Australians. The study said if the life expectancy of Aboriginal people was to keep improving, socio-economic disadvantage had to be reduced.

The life expectancy for Aboriginal men in the NT from 2008-2012 was 63.6 years compared to 80 years for all Australian men. Aboriginal women in the NT had a life expectancy of 68.4 years compared to 84.5 years for the rest of Australia’s female population.

Source: National Indigenous Times


Last updated: 18 July 2017
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