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released: 5 May 2011 author: AIHW media release

This report explores the experience of Indigenous people with disability compared with Indigenous people without disability and all Australians with similar severity of disability. It addresses how they are faring in terms of five key areas reflecting aspects of participation in the context of prevalence rates. Indigenous people in Australia have rates of ill-health and disability substantially higher than other Australians. Census 2006 data suggest that Indigenous people are 2-3 times more likely to need assistance with the core activities of daily living (self-care, communication and mobility) than non-Indigenous people.

ISBN 978-1-74249-141-7; Cat. no. IHW 45; 36pp.; Internet only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • Introduction
    • Disability in the Australian Indigenous population
      • Disability group
    • Profile of Indigenous people with disability
      • Economic wellbeing
      • Employment
      • Household income
        • Financial stress
      • Housing
      • Education
      • Health and wellbeing
        • Self-assessed health status
        • Stressors
        • Health risk factors
    • Services and support
      • Support services
        • Service types used
      • Access
        • Service provider access difficulties
      • Participation and accessible communities
        • Involvement in the community
        • Transport
        • Indigenous carers
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Disability data issues
      • Current dataset limitations
        • Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement – National Minimum Data Set
        • ABS data
          • Census of Population and Housing
          • Surveys: 2008 NATSISS, 2006 GSS and 2003 SDAC
      • Specific data collection issues
    • Appendix 2: Additional tables
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability: wellbeing, participation and support. Cat. no. IHW 45. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418977>.

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