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Infographic of vertical bar chart showing decline in avoidable deaths

21% fewer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people died from an avoidable cause between 2001 and 2010. Read more on causes of death at the Indigenous Observatory


Infographic diagram showing two times as many Aboriginal and Torres Stait Islander infants babies are born of low birthweight as non-Indigenous infants

2x

as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants are born of low birthweight as non-Indigenous infants. Read more on infant health at the Indigenous Observatory


Infographic of pie chart showing only one per cent of health workforce are Indigenous and even fewer work in health statistics

Only 1%

of people working in the health workforce are Indigenous, and even fewer work with health information or statistics

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$4.6 billion 

of Australia's total health expenditure in 2010–11 was spent on Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people (47% funded by state and territory governments and 45% funded by the Australian Government)

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Fewer than 1 in 5

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (18.3%) had an MBS 715 health check billed to Medicare in the 2012-13 financial year.

Indigenous health check (MBS 715) data tool

Data portalInteractive data portal

The tool provides interactive data on the number and usage rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific health checks at the Medicare Local level.


These and other facts are becoming more readily available as National Best Practice Guidelines continue to improve how information on Indigenous Australians is collected and linked.