Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Study finds that Aboriginal Victorians have a higher prevalence of poor health compared with their non-Aboriginal counterparts

Alison Markwick, a PhD student in The School of Public Health, has co authored a paper about the inequalities in the social determinants of health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

According to the study, Aboriginal Australians are a culturally, linguistically and experientially diverse population, for whom national statistics may mask important geographic differences in their health and the determinants of their health.

The paper which was also co written by The School's Head, Prof John McNeil and adjunct Dr Zahid Ansari, identifes the determinants of health of Aboriginal adults who live in the state of Victoria, compared with their non-Aboriginal counterparts.

It found that Aboriginal Victorians had a higher prevalence of self-rated fair or poor health, cancer, depression, anxiety and asthma; most notably depression and anxiety. Determinants that were statistically significantly different between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians included a higher prevalence of psychosocial risk factors, lower socioeconomic status, lower social capital, and a higher prevalence of lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, obesity and inadequate fruit intake.

Click here to read the full study.

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