Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities forgotten in new Australian National Action Plan for Human Influenza Pandemic: "Ask us, listen to us, share with us"

Miller, Adrian, and Durrheim, David (2010) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities forgotten in new Australian National Action Plan for Human Influenza Pandemic: "Ask us, listen to us, share with us". Medical Journal of Australia, 193 (6). pp. 316-317.

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Abstract

The first wave of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza (pH1N1) broke more heavily on Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations than on non-Indigenous Australians. The burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was highlighted by the first Australian death associated with pH1N1 infection: a young Aboriginal man from a remote area of Western Australia who died on 19 June 2009 in an Adelaide hospital. The differences between the populations are stark, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people indisputably over-represented in severe pH1N1 disease. In the Top End of the Northern Territory, pH1N1 rates of notification, hospital admission and intensive care unit (ICU) admission were higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than for the non-Indigenous population (3.5 times, 12 times and 5 times, respectively). Similar profound differences have been recorded for Aboriginal communities in New South Wales: Aboriginal people hospitalised with pH1N1 were younger than their non-Aboriginal counterparts (median age of 24.5 years compared with 31.7 years), and the age-standardised rate ratios for Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal admissions to hospital, admissions to ICU and death during the 2009 pandemic wave were 3.2, 4.0 and 4.5, respectively.

Item ID: 16207
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
Keywords: Pandemic influenza, Aboriginal health, Torres Strait Islander health, H1N1, epidemiology of influenza pandemics, National Action Plan for Human Influenza Pandemic
ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 05:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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