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What are the key factors contributing to the Australian Aboriginal health crisis?

Five of the seven leading factors contributing to the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians (obesity, high blood cholesterol, alcohol, high blood pressure, and low fruit and vegetable intake) relate to poor diet [4].


Subsequently, one may also ask, what are the major social determinants of indigenous health in Australia?

Important determinants of Indigenous health inequality in Australia include the lack of equal access to primary health care and the lower standard of health infrastructure in Indigenous communities (healthy housing, food, sanitation etc) compared to other Australians.

Also, what are some of the historical and current factors that impact on Indigenous health? Culture, social networks, history, racism, socioeconomic disadvantage, and the psychological distress associated with some of these factors were thought to affect the health behaviour of the Indigenous community members supported by the participants involved in this study.

In respect to this, what are the key health risks for aboriginal populations in Australia today?

Indigenous Australians are more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have respiratory diseases, mental health problems, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

What is the major problem confronting indigenous Australian today?

The problems include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are less likely to complete high school, have higher rates of drug and alcohol consumption as well as domestic violence, and on average live ten years less than their non-indigenous counterparts.


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