4704.0 - Falls in Indigenous infant mortality rates, but wide disparities still exist: ABS & AIHW (Media Release), 2008
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Falls in Indigenous infant mortality rates, but wide disparities still exist: ABS & AIHW
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:
Further details are in The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008 (ABS cat. no. 4704.0) available for free download from <www.abs.gov.au> and <http://www.aihw.gov.au/>.
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