Indigenous Aussies have shorter lives

Aug 07, 2006

Australia's top medical body wants the government to spend $1.5 million to boost primary health care services for the nation's indigenous population.

The Australian Medical Association says the money, to be spent over four years, is necessary to increase the life expectancy of aborigines. A study published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia shows the gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the Northern Territory, home to most aborigines, has increased in the past 25 years.

AMA president Mukesh Haikerwal says the study showed "there has been an improvement in overall mortality rates and the life expectancy is better for indigenous people, but it has improved more so in non-indigenous people -- so that means the current gap has actually widened."

Haikerwal says concerted government investment across a wide range of sectors could reverse these statistics in the next 10 years.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Researchers show value of tissue-engineering to repair major peripheral nerve injuries

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Kennewick Man's DNA likely that of a Native

Jan 20, 2015

Nearly two decades after the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River, the mystery of his origins appears to be nearing resolution.

Superdaddy Pyros keeps Pyrenees bear numbers up

May 12, 2013

The number of bears roaming the Pyrenees remained stable at a minimum of 22 last year, thanks largely to the continued virility of Pyros, the undisputed daddy of the colony.

New evidence on Neanderthal mixing

Oct 23, 2014

New research on a 45,000-year-old Siberian thighbone has narrowed the window of time when humans and Neanderthals interbred to between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago, and has shown that modern humans reached ...

Making progress on deforestation

Jun 24, 2014

In 2005, Brazil was losing more forest each year than any other country. The good news is that today, Brazil has reduced deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 70 percent, according to a recent study. ...

Recommended for you

Ebola: timeline of a ruthless killer

5 hours ago

Here are key dates in the current Ebola epidemic, the worst ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever which first surfaced in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Chile's Bachelet sends abortion bill to Congress

5 hours ago

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday pressed ahead with plans to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a decades-old taboo in one of Latin America's most socially conservative countries.

Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

Jan 31, 2015

As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.