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AIHW have released the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations report

The article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Fadwa Al-Yaman, Group Head, Indigenous group, AIHW.

I’m proud to have worked with The Healing Foundation on the new report, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations aged 50 and over: updated analyses for 2018–19.

The findings of this report show that Stolen Generations aged 50 and over are more likely to be worse off than other Indigenous people of the same age on a range of health and socioeconomic outcomes.

There were 27,200 estimated Stolen Generations survivors aged 50 and over in 2018-19, they comprised 1 in 5 (20%) of Indigenous Australians in that age group. A greater proportion were women (59%) than men (41%, and 28% were aged 65 and over.) In 2022, all living Stolen Generations survivors will be aged 50 years and over.

Survivors face many health, socioeconomic, cultural and financial and other life-stressor challenges, more than other Indigenous Australians of comparable age. Understanding the experiences of, and ongoing monitoring will help us better understand the experiences of Stolen Generations survivors aged 50 and over, to ensure they can access appropriate health, disability, welfare and other services as they age.

We also acknowledge the suffering of Stolen Generations survivors across Australia, including those who have passed on, and thank them for their ongoing courage in sharing their experiences.

We would again like to thank The Healing Foundation for their support and commissioning of the report. The scope of the report was determined through consultation by the Healing Foundation with their Stolen Generations Reference Group and The Healing Foundation Board.

Congratulations to all those involved in the production and launch of today’s report.

The Healing Foundation CEO Fiona Cornforth also launched their report Make Healing Happen today at the National Press Club Address in Canberra.

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