The Indigenous populations of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States share the similarity of living in First World nations where they suffer a disproportionate health burden compared with their non-Indigenous fellow citizens. The implementation of programs and policies to reverse this health imbalance are often complicated by the lack of reliable health statistics. This report considers peer-reviewed and government accounts of health outcomes for Indigenous peoples in all four jurisdictions over a 10-year period, and includes case studies that outline initiatives that have had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the respective Indigenous populations. The conclusion focuses on data collection in Australia, and how improved statistical information could help inform better health interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
|J. Freemantle, K. Officer, D. McAullay & I. Anderson