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released: 29 Apr 2008 author: ABS & AIHW media release

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the health and welfare of Australia's Indigenous population, presenting the latest information on population demographics, housing circumstances, disability and carers, health status, and the provision, access and use of health and community services. Some of the links between education and health and between selected risk factors and health are also explored.

ISSN 1441-2004; Cat. no. IHW 21; 291pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (163KB PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • list of tables and graphics
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgements
    • Executive summary
  • Sections (chapters 1-3: 680KB PDF; chapters 4-6: 572KB PDF; chapters 7-9: 654KB PDF; chapters 10-12: 585KB PDF)
    • Chapter 1 - Introduction
      • Aim
      • Data sources
      • Data issues
    • Chapter 2 - Demographic, social and economic context
      • Introduction
      • Demographic characteristics
      • Population characteristics
      • Summary
    • Chapter 3 - Education and health
      • Introduction
      • School retention
      • Educational attainment
      • Education, employment and income
      • links between education and health
      • Summary
    • Chapter 4 - Housing circumstances
      • Introduction
      • Housing tenure
      • Housing assistance
      • Housing types and size
      • Housing costs
      • Housing and health
      • Homelessness
      • Summary
    • Chapter 5 - Disability and carers
      • Introduction
      • Comparison of 2006 Census and 2002 NATSISS disability measures
      • Need for assistance
      • Need for assistance by socioeconomic indicators
      • Carers
      • Summary
    • Chapter 6 - Mothers and children
      • Introduction
      • Indigenous families and communities
      • Indigenous mothers
      • Babies and children
      • Healthy child development
      • Summary
    • Chapter 7 - Health status
      • Introduction
      • Self assessed health
      • Health conditions and illness
      • Specific causes of ill-health
      • Summary
    • Chapter 8 - Health risk factors
      • Introduction
      • Risk factors and socioeconomic status
      • Smoking
      • Alcohol consumption
      • Illicit substance use
      • Overweight/Obesity
      • Poor nutrition
      • Physical inactivity
      • Exposure to violence
      • Multiple risk factors
      • Summary
    • Chapter 9 - Mortality
      • Introduction
      • Data quality and availability
      • life expectancy
      • Deaths 2001-2005
      • Years of life lost (YLL)
      • Cause of death
      • Trends in mortality
      • Summary
    • Chapter 10 - Health services - provision, access and use
      • Introduction
      • Provision of health services
      • Access to health services
      • Current and future indigenous health and wellfare/community services workforce
      • Use of health services
      • Summary
    • Chapter 11 - Community services
      • Introduction
      • Childcare
      • Child protection
      • Adoption
      • Juvenile justice
      • Disability services
      • Aged care
      • Summary
    • Chapter 12 - Torres strait islander peoples
      • Introduction
      • Demographic characteristics
      • Socioeconomic characteristics
      • Health indicators
      • Summary
  • End matter (260KB PDF)
    • Abbreviations
    • Appendix - 2006 Census questions on core activity need for assistance and unpaid assistance to a person with a disability
    • Main data sources
      • Introduction
      • Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) Survey
      • Census of Population and Housing
      • Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS)
      • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
      • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
      • National Hospital Morbidity Data Collection
      • National Mortality Data Collection
      • National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC)
      • Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection
      • Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey (WAACHS)
    • Additional information
      • Glossary
      • List of references

Recommended citation

ABS & AIHW 2008. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2008. Cat. no. IHW 21. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 1 November 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468085>.