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New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Date posted: 16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Overview shows that the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continues to improve slowly and that there have been declines in infant mortality rates and an increase in life expectancy. There have also been improvements in a number of areas contributing to health status such as increased immunisation coverage and a slight decrease in the prevalence of tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Overview, which draws on the most up-to-date, authoritative sources and undertakes some special analyses, is freely available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource, along with downloadable PowerPoint presentations of key facts, tables and figures. It is an important part of the HealthInfoNet's commitment to collaborative knowledge exchange, which contributes to 'closing the gap' in health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians by making research and other knowledge available in a form that is easily understood and readily accessible to both practitioners and policy makers.

HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Drew, said 'The Overview is our flagship publication and has proved to be a valuable resource for a very wide range of health professionals, policy makers and others working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. The Overview provides an accurate, evidence based summary of many health conditions in a form that makes it easy for time poor professionals to keep up-to-date with the current health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia. This year, we have made some important changes including a greater focus on strengths based approaches. Also, as part of our ongoing commitment to using culturally respectful language we have changed the title to further acknowledge the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples.'

The 2015 Overview is dedicated to the memory of the HealthInfoNet founding Director, Professor Neil Thomson, who passed away in January 2016.

HealthInfoNet Director Professor Neil Drew and Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman

HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Drew, with Edith Cowan University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, at the launch of theĀ Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015

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Professor Neil Drew
Director
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6155
Email: n.drew@ecu.edu.au

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Tara Hoyne
Development and Marketing Manager
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6109
Email: t.hoyne@ecu.edu.au

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Last updated: 17 May 2016
 
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