As such, Aborigines health is very poor compared to other Australians. Statistics indicate that only about forty percent of Aborigines are in good health compared to more than 80% of other Australians. This affects the mortality rate of these people, which is more than two times the non-indigenous Australians. Poor healthcare to Aborigines and their lifestyles increase chances of getting chronic diseases like diabetes. Diabetes is one of the diseases that has increased Aborigine mortality rate in the recent years. There are few clinics and healthcare centers in regions where aborigines live and their diet is also poor. At the same time, many cannot afford medication. More than 30% of the entire Aborigine population has diabetes. In addition, the government has been doing little to Aborigine health. Less than one percent of the national budget was used on Aborigine health. This is little money and may not have a high impact on the Aborigine health. Health experts and civil rights have lobbied the government to invest more in Aborigine healthcare. This paper will discuss Australian Indigenous Health, specifically diabetes, the current trends, why Aborigines are affected more than Non-Aboriginal Australians, strategies used to mitigate Diabetes and what can be done to improve the current intervention measures and strategies. Epidemiology Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world today. The disease is as a result of low production of insulin which is responsible for regulating blood sugar in the body. Diabetes is characterized by high levels of blood sugar and can adversely affect the general health of the patient. The condition makes the body weak making the patient susceptible to opportunistic conditions, which can even lead to death. There are two common types of Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is caused an autoimmune disease of the beta cells of the pancreas. These cells are responsible for the production of insulin, which regulates blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is most common in young people and accounts for 5 to 10% of the total diabetes patients. Type 2 diabetes is caused by health factors that have suppressing factors on the pancreas. Excess fats make it almost impossible for the beta cells to produce insulin and regulate body sugar. In fact, more than 75% of people having type 2 diabetes are either overweight or obese. Type 2 is common in adults and accounts for 90 to 95% of all diabetic patients (Hawley and Dunstan, 2008). There is no cure for either of the two types of diabetes, but research and experiments are underway to find a cure. Currently, diabetes is management is done to mitigate the risks that are associated these conditions for example (Thomas and Nestel, 2007). Type 1 diabetes patients have to live on insulin shots. They inject insulin on their hands every day according to the physician instructions. Type 2 diabetes patients are advised to exercise to lose weight and cut fats in the body. They can also use pills if the former strategy does not work. Diabetes patients have to eat healthy and exercise often to mitigate the effects of the condition (Speight, 2013). Prevalence of diabetes in Australia is relatively high, currently ranked the fifth country. Diabetes is common among the elderly people. There is a higher prevalence of diabetes to Aborigines in Australia compared to non-Aborigines. According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare,
Australian Indigenous health: Diabetes Name Institution Australian Indigenous health: Diabetes Introduction Australia is one of the most developed countries in the world with one of the best Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates and Producer Price Index (PPI)…
In this paper the reader will find that many social initiatives could in fact play a role in assisting the indigenous tribes to better circumstances. By recognizing the societal influences to poor health and death for the Australian aborigines exist and that medical solutions can certainly be found for many of their current problems, this paper will show the effectiveness of the combination of both schools of thought.
Because of colonisation and implementation of various government legislations and policies, the Indigenous Australians lost their cultural identity and became disempowered. These policies worked against the interests of people of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islands and helped pastoralists and other such groups who spread across Australia rapidly setting up stations and farms by using resources from the Indigenous people without paying them appropriately (Anderson and Grossman, 2003).
He was the youngest child in a family of eight children and unfortunately, both his parents died when he was only seven years of age. From then on, Gilbert was brought up by his eldest sister. He managed to attend school but dropped out at age 14, just after completing his fifth grade.
Thesis In spite of old beliefs and unique healing practices, the culture of Australian indigenous population has a negative impact on their health and rates of incurable diseases and deaths.
Australian indigenous population follows century old traditions which do not allow them to determine illnesses and find effective cures for most of them.
As the report declares Aboriginal peoples suffer everyday in a countless number of ways. Depression, anger, and grief have decimated harmonious communities and domestic violence, alcoholism, drugs and theft have moved in. Australia has buried its head in the sand its feet in the mud for years over addressing the situation with realistic solutions.
As health is implanted in the social preconditions of people’s lives, the importance in Indigenous health care should be imparted to one and all. A critical multicultural access brings out the cultural differences within the broader link of power relations. It
From then on, Gilbert was brought up by his eldest sister. He managed to attend school but dropped out at age 14, just after completing his fifth grade. After this, he sought employment and managed to secure seasonal
nder, culture and ethnicity, educational background, disability and socioeconomic status(Cerasa,2011).For instance, several studies confirm that Indigenous Australians get lower standards of healthcare when compared to the rest of the Australian population (Shepherd, Li &