4704.0 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oct 2010
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/02/2011 Final
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Education is considered a key factor in improving health and wellbeing. It is one of the crucial contributors to the formation of human capital (Endnote 1). Higher levels of educational attainment are generally considered to have a positive association with health as they help to improve health literacy (Endnote 2). Educational attainment is also associated with better employment prospects and higher income which, in turn, may serve to increase access to health-related services and products. Being employed also enhances self-esteem, increases the opportunities for self-development and reduces social alienation (see Adult Health topic for more information on how socioeconomic status is related to health) (Endnote 3).
This article provides information on health and education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults. A range of results are presented, drawing mostly on data from the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).
Topics covered in this article are:
1. Laplagne, P., Glover, M., and Shomos, A. 2007, 'Effects of Health and Education on Labour Force Participation', Staff Working Paper, Melbourne, Productivity Commission, May, <www.pc.gov.au>
2. OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) 2009, 'Education at a Glance OECD Indicators 2009', Paris <www.oecd.org>
3. SCRGSP (Steering Committee for the Review of Governance Service Provision) 2007, 'Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Key Indicators 2007', Productivity Commission, Canberra <www.pc.gov.au>