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Features & Stories

  • Closing life span gap 'extremely challenging': Gillard
    PM, February 9, 2011
    On average Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people die about ten years earlier than the rest of the population. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has given an annual update on the Government's progress in closing the gap. She says the goal will be extremely difficult to achieve.
  • Do grog bans work?
    Life Matters, February 2, 2011
    The harmful effect of alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities is well known, and various restrictions have been introduced. These include the total bans on alcohol under the Northern Territory Intervention. Sara Hudson has researched the effectiveness of these restrictions in a number of indigenous communities and discusses their merits and limitations.
  • Rivers of grog flow on in Alice Springs
    The World Today, December 22, 2010
    Alice Springs is famous around the world. But the town in the very middle of Australia has a darker side. It has the nation's highest rate of alcohol-related death. A few years ago the abuse and dysfunction that alcohol helped generate were thought to be so serious that a national emergency was declared. But the rivers of grog are still flowing in Alice Springs.
  • Indigenous cancer rates
    Health Report, December 7, 2010
    The <em>Health Report</em>'s Daniel Keogh has a look at cancer rates in the Aboriginal community.
  • Glue ear linked to Indigenous crime
    Lateline, November 26, 2010
    An exclusive report shows that middle ear infections in Indigenous children increases their likelihood of ending up in prison.
  • Long wait for kidney transplants for Indigenous Australians
    PM, November 15, 2010
    Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders with kidney disease have only a quarter the chance of getting a transplant as the rest of the population. Death rates from chronic kidney disease are 10 times higher for Indigenous Australians than for non-Indigenous Australians.

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Fact Files

Petrol Sniffing ABC Health
Petrol Sniffing fact file
Petrol sniffing is a major source of illness, death and social dysfunction in Indigenous communities - fuelled by poverty, boredom unemployment and the ready availability of petrol.
Trachoma ABC Health
Trachoma fact file
Trachoma is an eye disease caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and is almost entirely a disease of undeveloped countries, with one exception - Australia.