Comparison between indigenous mortality rates in a provincial Queensland prison with the general indigenous population

Kault, David (2015) Comparison between indigenous mortality rates in a provincial Queensland prison with the general indigenous population. Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 16 (3). pp. 54-56.

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Abstract

There has been much concern about the gap in disadvantage and mortality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. One focus of this concern has been black deaths in custody. This has been considered to be particularly relevant as Indigenous people are vastly over-represented in Australian prisons. This author recently attended an Aboriginal protest rally and was disturbed by the discordance between the emphasis given to black deaths in custody and this author's own experience as a part-time general practitioner in the male wing of a provincial Queensland prison over the previous 5.75 years. In response, an analysis was performed comparing the Indigenous male mortality in this prison with the expected mortality of an Indigenous male population of the same size and age structure. The mortality of prisoners is much lower than expected. The reasons for the improved survival of Indigenous prisoners, and its implications, are briefly discussed.

Item ID: 42968
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
Keywords: prison; mortality rates; indigenous Australians; Queensland
ISSN: 1448-4706
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 01:40
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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