Australian Aboriginal People’s Health Crisis

The Indigenous community in Australia is experiencing a health crisis. The health and well being of this community is at an all time low. Indigenous people are twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital as their non-indigenous counterparts. Population reports show a higher rate of recent illness, chronic illness, and cigarette smoking in Australia’s ingenious community.

Health Statistics

  • 80% of children under age one die
  • 93% of all children suffer middle ear infections
  • Infants are twice as likely to have low birth weights
  • Infants are eight times likely die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Indigenous people are 10 times likely to have kidney disease
  • 54 to 70% of adults smoke
  • 30% of adults have type-2 diabetes
  • 60% of the Indigenous community is likely to die of cancer

Dr Tamara Mackean of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association states,

“To us, health is about so much more than simply not being sick. It’s about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. Health and healing are interwoven, which means that one can’t be separated from the other.”

Australia’s Indigenous community has higher rates of contracting contagious diseases such as:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Meningitis
  • Salmonella
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS

The average life span for Aboriginal men is age 57,  and age 62 for women.

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