A Brief Note On The Australian Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health

770 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
As an Aboriginal man, my life experiences differ from many other non-indigenous Australians. My cultural identity and perceived place in Australian society have presented hardships and challenges such as racism and discrimination - inherent prejudices or preconceived ideas regarding Australia 's indigenous people, access to health and welfare services, unemployment and substance addiction. My story is one of hardship but also one of triumph - I am a survivor.

As with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, I am afflicted with diabetes. The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey report (2012 - 2013) stated that 8% of indigenous Australians were diabetic, three times higher than that of non-indigenous Australians (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014). Indigenous Australians living in remote communities exceed the national average in cases of other chronic illnesses. For example, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults residing in remote areas were "twice as likely to have signs of chronic kidney disease and nearly twice as likely to have triglycerides (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014)." Members of the indigenous population were more likely to have more than one chronic condition at the same time equating to more than half the afflicted indigenous population compared to one third of the greater Australian population (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014). I am thankful that I live in Melbourne 's Western suburbs, a large urban centre…

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