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The health of urban Aboriginal people: insufficient data to close the gap

Med J Aust 2011; 194 (5): 270.

To the Editor: Eades and colleagues identify the scarcity of data on the health and health care needs of Aboriginal Australians.1 This is particularly so for Aboriginal children in urban settings. The Gudaga Study2 has actively worked to redress this shortcoming.

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  • Elizabeth J Comino1
  • Lisa R Jackson Pulver2
  • Jenny A Knight1

  • 1 Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: e.comino@unsw.edu.au

  • 1. Eades SJ, Taylor B, Bailey S, et al; the SEARCH Investigators. The health of urban Aboriginal people: insufficient data to close the gap. Med J Aust 2010; 193: 521-524. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Comino E, Craig P, Harris E, et al. The Gudaga Study: establishing an Aboriginal birth cohort in an urban community. Aust N Z J Public Health 2010; 34 Suppl 1: S9-S17.
  • 3. Knight J, Comino EJ, Harris E, Jackson-Pulver L. Indigenous research: a commitment to walking the talk. The Gudaga Study — an Australian case study. J Bioeth Inq 2009; 6: 467-476.
  • 4. Kemp L, Harris E, McMahon C, et al. Miller Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) trial: design, method and sample description. BMC Public Health 2008; 8: 424.

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