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Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

Date posted: 17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today. The report shows some positive trends in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but also shows outcomes have stagnated or worsened in some areas.

Two years on from the previous report, released in 2014, there continues to be improvement in many areas of health, economic participation and aspects of education. However areas such as justice and mental health remain concerning, with increases in imprisonment rates and hospitalisations for self-harm.

The OID report continues to provide comprehensive reporting, with a strengths-based focus. It also includes some case studies on what is working to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 'If we want to see improvements in outcomes we need to know which policies work and why. But the overwhelming lack of robust, public evaluation of programs highlights the imperative for Indigenous policy evaluation,' said Deputy Chair of the Productivity Commission, Karen Chester.

The OID report should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, including those working in service delivery or program design.

Source: NACCHO Aboriginal health news


Last updated: 23 November 2016
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