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Caring for country and the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Rosalie Schultz and Sheree Cairney
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (1): 8-10. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00687

Investment in caring for country may help close the gaps in education, employment and health

Health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are expensive. The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation reported that government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and hospital service expenditure per person in 2010–11 was $8190 nationally, and as high as $16 110 in the Northern Territory, compared with $4054 per non-Indigenous person.1 Increasing expenditure on health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is not closing the gap in health outcomes at the rate to which governments have committed.2

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  • Rosalie Schultz1,2
  • Sheree Cairney1,2

  • 1 Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University and Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2 Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, Alice Springs, NT


Acknowledgements: 

This research is supported by the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation, hosted by Ninti One. We acknowledge the support and involvement of our key organisational stakeholders: Centre for Remote Health (Flinders University and Charles Darwin University), Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Northern Star Resources, Yalu Marŋgithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation, Marthakal Homelands Resource Centre, Central Desert Native Title Services, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Muntjiltjarra Wurrgumu Group, Kalano Community Association, Wurli–Wurlinjang Health Service, StrongBala Men’s Health Program, Flinders NT (Katherine), Katherine Stolen Generation Group, Banatjarl Strongbala Wumin Grup, Wiluna Martu Rangers, and Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service Community.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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