Indigenous health

The average mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youths are two to three times those of non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Through your support, we can continue to make significant inroads to “close the gap” in the health status and life expectancy for these children.

Research funded so far has contributed to the development of clinical practice guidelines, including The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which aims to to prevent disease, detect early and unrecognised disease, and promote health in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Current research being undertaken aims to:

  • Prevent and manage acute and chronic respiratory infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in urban and remote areas of Australia
  • Improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth by implementing a framework designed by the community to reduce suicide and self-harm
  • Enhance health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with burn injuries in Queensland.