Closing the gap: nurses and midwives making a difference

Usher, Kim, and Best, Odette (2010) Closing the gap: nurses and midwives making a difference. Contemporary Nurse, 37 (1). pp. 3-4.

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[Extract] Life expectancy at birth is one of the main indicators of health inequality. Current health and social status indicators for Australian Indigenous people demonstrate major discrepancies in comparison to other Australians. For example, in Australia in 2005-2007 the Indigenous life expectancy gap at birth was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females (ABS 2009). This gap has remained relatively constant over the last few decades (ABS 2008). While the main causes of death for Indigenous Australians are similar to those of non-indigenous Australians, the percentages attributed to the different disease categories are significantly different. For example, death from external causes is 16.2 % for the Indigenous population compared to 6.3 % for non-Indigenous, and diabetes is 8% for Indigenous Australians compared to 2.4% for non-Indigenous (ABS & AIHW 2008).

Item ID: 16394
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1037-6178
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 00:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 25%
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