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This report contains detailed analyses against indicators in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (the HPF) for Northern Territory.
A summary of the key findings under each tier are outlined below focusing on main areas of improvement and concerns. Main findings from the report are also given in a table format for ease of reference.
While the health status of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory is worse than their non-Indigenous counterparts against most indicators, significant health gains have been made in a number of areas. This shows a positive move towards closing the gap in health disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous or other Australians.
Despite making progress in some areas, Indigenous Australians are lagging behind in a large number of areas where further improvements need to be made to close the gap in health disadvantage.
– mental health-related hospitalisations increased greatly for Indigenous people from 8 per 1,000 hospitalisations in 2001–02 to 14 in 2007–08.
The incidence rate of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) for Indigenous Australians was 26 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians in 2006–2008 (188 and 7 per 100,000 people respectively).
Notification rates of gonorrhea for Indigenous people have increased significantly from 939 to 1,839 between 1994–1996 and 2006–2008.
Indigenous children aged 0–16 years were more likely than other children to be the subject of child protection substantiation (24 compared to 4 per 1,000 in 2008–09) and the proportion of Indigenous children who were the subject of substantiation increased over the period from 1999–00 to 2008–09.
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