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released: 5 May 2011 author: AIHW media release

This report describes the age and geographic distribution of the older Indigenous population, its particular requirements in terms of aged care and support, and the pattern of usage of these services. At the 2006 Census, there were approximately 60,000 Indigenous Australians aged 50 years and over, accounting for about 12% of the total Indigenous population. By comparison, 31% of the non-Indigenous population fell into this age group. However, the number of older Indigenous people is growing and estimated at 76,300 in 2011. Older Indigenous people have poorer health and higher rates of disability than other Australians in the same age group.

ISBN 978-1-74249-147-9; Cat. no. IHW 44; 22pp.; Internet only


Publication table of content

  • Preliminary pages
    • Title and verso title
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • Introduction
    • Characteristics of the older Indigenous population
      • Age distribution
      • Geographic distribution
      • Language and culture
      • Health & disability status
        • Self-assessed health status
        • Disability
        • Burden of disease and injury
    • Aged care provision
      • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program
      • Aged care in the community
      • Residential aged care
        • Dementia in people living in residential aged care
  • End matter
    • Appendix
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Cat. no. IHW 44. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418972>.

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