rease of 16% in the population of the aborigines between 1996 and 2001 (A statistical overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia).
Good health and intellect of the aborigines is important to the polity and culture of Australia which is lagging in terms of health welfare of its indigenous population behind Canada, the United States and New Zealand and even some developing economies. Allocation of funds and portfolios is not enough to raise the health standards of a community. The discipline must percolate to the ground level where the major amount of action lies. There is severe shortage of health personnel in Australia to attend the need of its indigenous population (Ring, Ian T & Brown).
Efforts are also required to raise health workers from among the indigenous community. There must be attempts at the highest levels in the government to oversee efforts in the indigenous community so that doctors and nurses come from this community in sufficient numbers to bring the entire indigenous population into the national health mainstream (Office of Aboriginal Health).
Nationally, Australia’s health statistics provide encouraging figures. But compared to the national standards, the indigenous’ health figures are rather grim and pathetic. This purpose of this paper is aimed at closing the gap between the health statistics of the nation and its indigenous community.
The Aborigines in Australia continue to suffer in almost every sphere of health aspects. The dismal condition of the Aborigines is apparent for the simple reason that their health concern has not evoked sufficient concern at appropriate levels. 80% of the Aborigines babies die under one year of age. Their health conditions do not improve upon their survival. They are subject to diverse illnesses and diseases that continue to ravage their lives decades after they have been noticed (Aboriginal Health Overview).
The life expectancy of an indigenous Australian is 16 to 19 years