A NEW REPORT ABOUT THE HEALTH OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

June 29, 2018

A NEW REPORT ABOUT THE HEALTH OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet have just published their annual report documenting and describing the key issues regarding the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  The information in this report is sourced from a variety of publications in order to provide a comprehensive up to date summary for consideration. The 2017 Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Status details a number of important health indicators, including information on the use of alcohol and other drugs.  Regarding tobacco use, 39% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over reported they were current smokers in a 2015 study, this was 2.8 times higher compared to non-Indigenous people.  In 2016, a study found there was a decline in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 years and over who had exceeded the alcohol guidelines for lifetime alcohol risk. In relation to illicit drug use, a 2015 study found that 73% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and older reported they had not used illicit substances in the last 12 months.

The full report is available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website, as well as a series of free downloadable facts, tables and figures.


Go to the Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2017