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Indigenous health: chronically inadequate responses to damning statistics

Med J Aust 2002; 177 (11): 629-631.

The recent pioneering Public Report Card 2002 — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, entitled No more excuses,1 outlines where we are today and how the health of our Indigenous population compares with that of other similar countries — New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Produced by the Australian Medical Association, it is a "warts-and-all" assessment which is designed to show what is working and where we need to do better.

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  • Ian T Ring1
  • Ngaire Brown2

  • 1 James Cook University, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, Manuka, ACT.

Correspondence: ian.ring@jcu.edu.au

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