Marion Davies – Rustica UTAS

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How many Indigenous Australians are there (as a % of our total population)?
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206,900 (1.6%) 517,200 (2.5%) 1,241,300 (6.0%)

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Answer
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517,200 (2.5%)

 90%

Aboriginal  6% Torres Strait Islander  4% Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
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Where do Indigenous Australians live?
Half of the Indigenous population of Australia live within the nine regions of:

66,600 146,400 77,900 26,000 148,200 4,000 30,800 16,900

•Sydney •Brisbane •Coffs Harbour •Perth •Townsville •Cairns •Adelaide •Tasmania • Wagga Wagga. Does this surprise you?

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Bridging the Gap

Changes have been made to improve the health of Indigenous Australians but there is still a way to go…

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Life Expectancy
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders die nearly 20 years younger than non-Indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australians
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Non-Indigenous Australians
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Men 56 yrs Women 63 yrs

Men 77 yrs Women 82 yrs
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Infant Mortality
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 5 times more likely to die before the age of 5
Indigenous Australian

Non-Indigenous Australian

14.3 per 1,000 live births

4.7 per 1,000 live births
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Low Birth Weight
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants are more than twice as likely to be of low birth weight
Indigenous Australian

Non-Indigenous Australian

13%

6%
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Australia vs. First-World Nations
Australia ranks last in the league table of first-world nations (Australia, NZ, Canada & USA) working to improve the health and life expectancy of Indigenous people

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Australia vs. First-World Nations
Life Expectancy Gap (Indigenous vs. Non-Indigenous)

Infant Mortality of Indigenous Babies

USA Canada NZ Australia

7 years 7 years 7.5 years 20 years

USA Canada NZ Australia

6% 6% 8% 13%
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ABS 2003

Indigenous Health Work Force
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59% (400) increase in doctors required 25% (9,600) increase in nurses required

To allow Indigenous people access to preventative & early treatment services
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Australia’s Medical Students

11,000 students across 14 medical schools If just 4% of the current undergraduate medical students work in Indigenous health services as graduates, the doctor workforce shortage would be solved

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The Problem…
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Workforce issues. Education issues- health and cultural. How to enable and encourage Australia's medical students to become involved with Indigenous health, to gain a greater (informed) understanding? A positive, voluntary and well-informed experience as an undergraduate will hopefully encourage further participation as a graduate doctor.

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Planning My Medical Elective
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Interest in Indigenous health Where to begin? Every community is different. Where, what, who, how? Choose somewhere- leap of faith? Any tips from past students?

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A Solution…AIMED
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www.aimed.org.au By medical students for medical students. A database of medical student placement and research opportunities. Urban, regional, remote and rural. All states and territories of Australia.

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My Elective with NTAMS

AIMED…www.aimed.org.au
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A resource with links to organisations that provide Indigenous Health information. A forum for medical students with an interest in Indigenous health to network with like-minded students. A forum for the 100 Indigenous medical students to network, if they choose to. Database of grants and scholarships for Indigenous health projects, and for Indigenous students. Has the potential to be expanded to include pharmacy and the allied health opportunities.
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Thank you
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Matthew Fassett, Med 6 UTAS, for all of your wonderful work in the website development. Marcus Kornmehl and Ela Hyland for letting me use your photograph in this presentation (on right, first page). Clare Frawley for letting me use your photograph in this presentation (on left, last page). Amanda Flemingham for your awesome help in making this presentation.

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AIMED was started with the assistance of an RACGP/APHCRI Indigenous Health Award.

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