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‘Scandalous health’ among Aborigines

2 April, 2007

And as indigenous peoples in Brazil are given free broadband, public health among Australian Aborigines remains a ‘scandal’ according to Oxfam.

Australia has been ranked at the bottom of a league table of wealthy nations working to improve the health of its indigenous people.

 The report, to be published today by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and Oxfam Australia, found New Zealand, Canada and the US had narrowed the life expectancy gap between non-indigenous and indigenous people to approximately seven years.

But in Australia, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are still dying nearly 20 years younger than non-Aboriginal Australians.

‘Scandalous health’ among Aborigines – National –

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  1. Pal Nyiri permalink
    3 April, 2007 9:16 am

    Peter Sutton has argued, in a lecture at Macquarie, that this incredible health gap has to do with the politiciziation of disease. A friend of Joana’s, a German doctor, was volunteering at a clinic in Alice Springs and was rebuked by her boss for telling an Aboriginal patient to wash his hands, on the grounds that this was culturally insensitive. But obviously this is only one component of the problem.

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