The health of urban Aboriginal people: Insufficient data to close the gap

Sandra J. Eades, Bronwen Taylor, Sandra Bailey, Anna B. Williamson, Jonathan C. Craig, Sally Redman

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• The Australian Government has committed to reducing Indigenous disadvantage, including closing the life-expectancy gap within a generation, and to halving the gap in mortality rates for children under 5 years of age within a decade.

• Sixty per cent of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is attributable to the health of Indigenous people living in non-remote areas of Australia.

• We conducted a brief review of recent Australian original research publications on the health of the 53% of Indigenous people who live in urban areas, and found that data are sparse; there were only 63 studies in the past 5 years (11% of all articles about Indigenous health during this period).

• Although Indigenous Australians living in remote areas experience greater health disparity, the government will not achieve its aims without paying due attention to the non-remote-living population.

• More research is required, and particularly research that actually tests the impact of policies and programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-524
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Indigenous health
  • Environment and public health


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