Essay about Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ATSI’s)

Outline the nature and extent of the health inequities suffered by this group
The contrast between ATSI’s and the rest of the Australian population in relation to health equity is the largest contrast that can be found within health statuses in Australia. This can be accounted for due to increased likelihood of ATSI’s experiencing disability and/or a reduced quality of life due to ill health. This inequity is clearly seen as currently Indigenous Australians tend to die earlier than non-Indigenous Australians and their death rates are almost twice those of non-Indigenous Australians. Coinciding with this is the life expectancy for each group displaying a clear inequity with non-indigenous people living roughly 10 years longer than ATSI’s. Indigenous men born between 2010 and 2012 can expect to live to 69.1 years and Indigenous women to 73.7 years compared with 79.7 for non-Indigenous men and 83.1 for non-Indigenous women. This is mainly due to ATSI’s infant mortality rate being 3 times higher than the rest of Australian society with a mortality rate a further 5 times higher between 2007 and 2011. Indigenous Australians were most likely to die from circulatory conditions (26% of all Indigenous deaths), cancer (19%) and external causes such as suicides, falls, transport accidents and assaults (15%). Furthermore ATSI’s were almost three times as likely to be hospitalised due to chronic disease and disability such as…

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