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Australia is Shamed by an Inquiry Report on Child Sexual Abuse in Aboriginal Communities

The findings of a report into child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities in Northern Territory, that talks of juvenile prostitution , rivers of grog, child sex in exchange of drugs, have shocked and sickened all Australians. ``It is a damning indictment of our failure to protect children,'...

Australia Proposes Comprehensive Plans to Protect Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse

Devastated by reports of horrendous sexual abuse of aboriginal children, the Australian government has announced a series of measures to protect them. Calling the situation a national emergency, Prime Minister John Howard vowed to combat the situation on a war-footing and said that the commonweal...

Suicide - Aboriginal Communities Take Stock of the Killing Numbers

An international meeting organized to thrash out issues pertaining to indigenous child healthcare was a valuable //opportunity to focus attention on a burning issue - high rate of suicide amongst aboriginal communities. Amongst the Inuit population of Nunavik, Canada, the suicide rate stands at an ...

Research Focus on the Ineffectiveness of Programs for Aboriginal children

The largest survey ever undertaken of Aboriginal children and families has thrown new light on why most existing intervention programs are failing to produce results needed// for overcoming the present levels of Indigenous disadvantage. The finding is contained in the fourth volume of results...

Plan To Connect Remote Aboriginal Communities Through Broadband

Rob Curry, acting executive officer for Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory in Australia said that Aboriginal communities could be provided// better access to their records as well as other health information over the Internet if funds of $1 million are granted. The funds ...

First of its kind study identifies risk factors for LRTIs in Inuit children

...current infections, chronic lung disease and asthma so there are many potential health complications." According to recent Statistics Canada data, the aboriginal infant mortality rate in Nunavut is two-to-three times the Canadian average so exploring the effectiveness of immunization could have a major impact o...

National rates of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders call for better service integration

...icate as several types of mental disorders and certain populations known to be at high risk for co-occurring disordershomeless, institutionalized, and aboriginal people, for examplewere not included in Statistics Canada's 2002 Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health and Well-Being, on which the authors ...

Millions Mark World Diabetes Day

...geographic location. Over a 20-year period, type 2 diabetes has doubled in children in Japan, so that it is now more common than type 1. In native and aboriginal children in North America and Australia, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes ranges from 1.3 to 5.3%. Source: Diabetes Atlas 3rd Edition, International ...

Early treatment is key to combating hepatitis C virus

... to HCV. Their findings clearly show the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of HCV particularly in marginalized populations such as IDUs and aboriginal populations. ...

HHS Secretary Leavitt Signs Agreement With Canada to Improve Indigenous Health Care Delivery and Access

...collaboratively with our American counterparts, Aboriginal partners, and others to improve the quality of life and promote a prosperous future for all aboriginal peoples." HHS' Indian Health Service (IHS) will administer the activities under the MOU for the United States. The IHS is the principal federal heal...

Aboriginal People Less Likely to Use Methadone Therapy

... A new research from British Columbia found that aboriginal people who use heroin are less likely than their n... May 1996 to November 2005. At enrolment, 12.4% of aboriginal participants used methadone, compared with 21.2% o...f non-Aboriginal participants. Among heroin users, aboriginal people were less likely than non-Aboriginal people...

An Indigenous Treatment Plan Offered by the Labor on Child Welfare

...rictions and compulsory health checks for children. Police, with military logistics support, will begin operation within a week by entering the aboriginal townships as part of an initial stabilisation phase. The government plan has full support of the Lobor. They intend to go a step further by set...

Day Care Centres Possibly Give Rise to More Infection, an Australian Study

...t common cause for hospitalization of children under two. Researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research found that half of all aboriginal and one in five non-Aboriginal babies and toddlers had been admitted at least once because of infection. The most common were respiratory infect...

Health Budget Must Focus On Access To Medical Services, Fitness And Nutrition

... the priority of this Health Budget, Dr Haikerwal said. The AMA notes the reports of considerable funding to promote home ownership among the aboriginal population, which is welcome, but addressing the inequities faced by Indigenous Australians requires broader and more complex solutions. We h...

Doctors Urged To Help Close Indigenous Health Gap

... Association, and his co-authors from the National aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organization and the H...ian population voted to end discrimination against aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Dr W...we are both willing and able to make the health of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a top health pr...

Health Benefits Of Traditional Land Ownership

...f Australia (MJA), Ms Watson suggests recent changes to land rights could have a negative impact on the health of Indigenous populations. The aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill, passed in mid-2006, gives traditional owners the choice to grant 99-year leases over townships to a g...

Labor's Indigenous Health Plan A Good Start

...e born at an unhealthily low weight, which often leads to long-term health problems, he said. Helping to improve their birth weights will give aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies a much better start in life. Its great that Labor has started to heed the AMAs calls for funding to be commi...

Australia's Aborigines Affected by Poor Health: Experts

...population. The AMA and experts claim that aboriginal children are at least 150 years behind on every ki...ent Dr Rosanna Capolingua pledged on Sunday to get aboriginal health back on track. Speaking on the occa... Mal Brough conceded that living standards in some aboriginal communities had "gone backwards" and Labor unveile...

Day Care Centres Possibly Give Rise to More Infection, an Australian Study

...st common cause for hospitalization of children under two. Researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research found that half of all aboriginal and one in five non-Aboriginal babies and toddlers had been admitted at least once because of infection. The most common were respiratory infecti...

Aborigines Century Behind the Health of Colonizers, WHO Report

...lling one century behind that of the settlers. aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have significant... includes both the Torres Strait Islanders and the aboriginal People, who, together make up about 2.5% of Austra...cceptance of the stance that colonisation stripped aboriginal people of their rights is needed before they can m...

Vaccine Funding A Welcome Weapon Against Deadly Rotavirus

...ationally. “This initiative will create significant savings for the health system and, more importantly, it will save lives.” Infants of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, and those living in tropical and semi-tropical areas, are most at risk of contracting the disease. “Last...

New South Wales (NSW) Government Plans to Bring Down HIV Infection

.... A sum of $300,000 will be allotted to implement a series of programmes towards AIDS awareness and treatment. // As a part of this campaign, the aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community would be educated about HIV infection. In corroboration with the general practitioners, information related to HI...

Skin Clinic Doctors Fleece Medicare

...of patients. The report also raises concerns about GPs claiming generous Medicare benefits for extended primary care sessions with older people and aboriginal patients when all they had done was tick the boxes on a computer-generated form rather than carry out a detailed health assessment. AN ...

True Equality For Indigenous Australians

...m in which Australians voted to officially include aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of the p...ealth services.” Average life expectancy for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is 17 years less...d investment in 2006, the shortfall in funding for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care ser...

Why Do People Stick To Their Bad Habits?

...ngerous' by only 24 per cent of the people in 1994 and by 28 per cent in 2005. The second case study, involving a survey conducted in two northern aboriginal communities in Canada revealed similar results. Again, lifestyle risks were seen as the most hazardous. Almost everyone in the communities ranked risk...

The need to revamp cervical cancer prevention programs

...more than three years previously, " said Dr Penman chief executive of the Cancer Council NSW. "Money might be better spent reaching that group - and aboriginal women who were also at elevated risk - than on frequent rescreening of low-risk women," he said. The risk of cervical cancer death has been reduce...

Federal government blamed for allocating meager portion to health sector:ALP

...of Health and Ageing also shows a deficit of around 45 million dollars that should have been utilized for the welfare and health of the residents from aboriginal and Torres Strait Island The government has glibly defended itself by blaming the short comings on various technical grounds ranging from transportat...

Efforts To Vanquish Skin Disease Among Infants

...on among infants living in the ,far flung interior aboriginal communities and to mete out timely and effective t...ores .Such conditions are rampant in most interior aboriginal communities.A study conducted in East Arnhem has s...life which is also commonly encountered in certain aboriginal communities. Determined to oust this p...

Getting Serious About Suicide Prevention

...r accidents. It is also a prevalent problem within aboriginal communities. With World// Suicide Prevention Day a...pression.” “In Canada, suicide rates in the aboriginal population are significantly higher than the non-A..., and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of aboriginal Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IAPH). “Suicide in...

Increase in Diabetic Related Hospital Admissions

... result." The report also revealed that the rates of hospitalization for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over seven times that of other Austra...factor that may be at play in explaining these patterns and we do know that aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do have a higher prevalence of diabetes."...

Rotavirus Vaccine – NT Shows the Wa

... the vaccine for all babies, they should at least provide it for those most at risk, such as babies in tropical and semi-tropical areas, and babies of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.” A recent AMA Executive Council resolution urges the Federal Government to fund the rotavirus vaccine as a m...

Improvement in death rates of Aborigines

...ore needs to be done. Pat Anderson, of the Co-operative Research Center for aboriginal Health, said the study has established that funds pumped into primary health care has made a world of difference to aboriginal health. ...

Dental Health, a Much Overlooked Subject

... well as groups of individuals having specific health problems and needs are being overlooked and remain disadvantaged. For instance the plight of aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, have general standards of health, life expectancies and infant mortality rates that have not improved in over 100 ...

The Lachlan Shire Council To Fund GP For Condobolin Health Service

...r the services of another doctor at the Condobolin aboriginal Health Service. // The council have decided to give the Condobolin aboriginal Health Service $150,000 so as to pay a doctor to w...into that reserve." Explaining that the Condobolin aboriginal Health Service will employ the doctor, he said, "T...

The Australian Medical Association To Focus On Health Of Aborigines

... year on Aborigines in prisons, at the Victorian// aboriginal Health Service in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. They stated that the aboriginal prisoners need immediate access to national health...ystem. He explained that it's important that aboriginal prisoners get access to Medicare and the Pharmaceu...

Alarming childhood obesity stats: 1 in 5 pre-schoolers fat

...er weight category than those from the most affluent families." Reasons cited for the state are speaking a language other than English, having an aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, being from a low income family, living in a disadvantaged area, having mothers with lower levels of education an...

Its High Time the Australian Government Takes Steps against Diabetes

..., past Wollongong to Shellharbour are highly diabetic. Dr Howard said Fairfield was the epicentre of diabetes in Sydney. The highest rates were in aboriginal communities around Brewarrina, Narrabri, Tamworth and Dubbo, where the incidence of diabetes can be as high as 31 %. The increase was due to the diffi...

More Spending Does Not Ensure Better Healthcare

...nitoba has the highest infant mortality rate in the country, in addition to lung cancer cases. Manitoba also has a large proportion of the elderly and aboriginal population in the country. Labrador and Newfoundland spend the maximum at $2,800 per person, but their rankings are quite low. The healthcare e...

Many young women affected by HIV

...ot of work with schools and community groups to get the message across. Educators are also working to overcome cultural barriers, especially in the aboriginal and Afro-Caribbean communities — the two groups most affected by HIV/AIDS in Canada, according to health agency statistics. "Men don't want to use...

Specialist rural GPs to get incentive in Australia

...aid. Mr Abbott has also announced plans to create a new Medicare item for antenatal checks carried out by qualified nurses, midwives and registered aboriginal health workers in rural Australia. The plan would enable pregnant women to claim Medicare rebates for antenatal checks in rural and remote areas. The ...
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