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Aboriginal health

CollectionsANU Press (1965- Present)
Title: Aboriginal health
Author(s): Moodie, P. M
Date published: 1973
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian National University Press
From this study of Aboriginal health a depressing picture emerges. The death rate for Aborigines from almost all causes, and the incidence of communicable disease, is much higher than for white Australians. Much of Aboriginal ill-health is directly associated with poverty and poor living conditions - and therefore hygiene - and with malnutrition, particularly among the children. On health grounds alone, the Aborigines are shown to be severely handicapped in almost every aspect relative to white Australians, and to other indigenous minorities such as the Maoris and the American Indians. Though it is recognised that an Aboriginal 'health problem' exists and a good deal of factual material has been collected, no systematic survey of the available data has ever been made. If the problem is to be solved, the available knowledge must be collated and interrelated. That is the aim of this study. The book covers a wide range of diseases and patterns and causes of death among Aborigines and part-Aborigines throughout Australia; it shows many gaps in knowledge, in particular the lack of ordered statistics with which those concerned with Aboriginal health must contend. The problem of Aboriginal health will not be solved quickly, but Dr Moodie{u2019}s work, and the suggestions he makes, provide a basis on which future policy may be developed. This book is essential reading for all concerned with the quality of life in Australia and with the plight of the Aborigines.


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