Indigenous health and welfare update

The annual Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report provides an important check on Australia’s health and welfare standards. Importantly, it also considers how Australia is performing in respect to health for indigenous Australians.

Here are some of the positives and negatives from the most recent report:


  • The age-standardised rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease among indigenous Australians fell from 323 per 100,000 in 2006 to 229 per 100,000
  • The proportion of indigenous Australians aged 20-24 who had a year 12 or equivalent qualification increased from 45% in 2008 to 66% in 2018-19
  • The rate of Medicare health checks among indigenous Australians increased from 68 per 1,000 in 2009-10 to 297 per 1,000 in 2018-19


  • The age standardised rate of deaths from cancer from indigenous Australians increased from 205 per 100,000 in 2006 to 235 per 100,000
  • The imprisonment rate of indigenous adults increased from 1,337 per 100,000 in 2006 to 2,088 in 2019

Bernard McAuley, Solicitor
McAuley Hawach Lawyers
11 Fennell Street, Parramatta NSW 2124
Telephone: (02) 9633 1826

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