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This report is the eighth in a series of reports that provide a comprehensive statistical picture of a range of topics considered important for improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people. The report presents up-to-date statistics, as well as trend information. It examines differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as differences by factors such as age, sex and, in particular remoteness, as summarised here: Remoteness key points.

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2015 (Download report)

The 8 chapters of this report cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction Chapter (227KB PDF)
  2. The Indigenous population Key points | Chapter (1.5MB PDF) |  Tables (209KB XLS)
    - describes demographic characteristics, household composition and cultural identification
    - includes information about Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Economic participation, housing and community safety Key points | Chapter (1.3MB PDF) | Tables (352KB XLS)
    - describes economic participation including education, employment and access to economic resources
    - provides information about housing, homelessness and community safety.
  4. Determinants of health Key points | Chapter (1.5MB PDF) | Tables (376KB XLS)
    - looks at various factors that influence health including behavioural, biomedical, psychological, and socioeconomic and environmental factors.
  5. Health and disability Key points | Chapter (1.3MB PDF) | Tables (751KB XLS)
    - describes self-assessed health status
    - details the prevalence of major health conditions and provides information on service use for these conditions
    - describes the prevalence of disability.
  6. Life expectancy and mortality Key points | Chapter (811KB PDF) | Tables (453KB XLS)
    - provides details about life expectancy and mortality patterns, including the main causes of death
    - describes overall trends in mortality, as well as for various age groups.
  7. Health and welfare services Key points | Chapter (1.8MB PDF) | Tables (809KB XLS)
    - details the use of health and welfare services.
  8. Expenditure and workforce Key points | Chapter (870KB PDF) | Tables (497KB XLS)
    - outlines expenditure on health and welfare
    - describes participation in the health and community services workforces.

Appendixes (175KB PDF)
- Appendix A: Data quality and key data sources
- Appendix B: Methods and technical notes
- Appendix C: Description of selected measures in the 2012–13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
- Appendix D: Disability data

Glossary & references (159KB PDF)

Abbreviations & symbols (100KB PDF)