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HealthInfoNet report shows improvements being made

Monday, 16 May 2016

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The latest annual snapshot of the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population shows slight decreases in infant mortality rates and increases in average life expectancy. But there is still more to be done.

The Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015, developed by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet based at ECU, provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of this group.

The Overview shows that 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 increase in life expectancy.

There have also been increased immunisation coverage and a slight decrease in the prevalence of tobacco use.

HealthInfoNet Director Professor Neil Drew said the Overview continues to be a valuable resource for a 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.

The Overview is available for download at the HealthInfoNet website.

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