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Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators

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Title

Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators

Creator

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

2003-11

Description

The OID report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. Section 1.1 describes the origins of the report, and section 1.2 describes its key objectives. Section 1.3 provides contextual information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. Section 1.4 includes a brief historical narrative to help put the information in the report into context. Section 1.5 summarises some recent developments in government policy that have influenced the report and section 1.6 provides further information on the Steering Committee and the OID Working Group that advises it.

Notes

"These reports generally uses the term ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians’ to describe Australia’s first peoples and ‘non-Indigenous Australians’ to refer to Australians of other backgrounds, except where quoting other sources." Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this publication may contain images of deceased people.

Table of contents

Preliminaries -- Overview chapter -- Introduction -- The framework -- Key themes and interpretation -- COAG targets and headline indicators -- Governance, leadership and culture -- Early child development -- Education and training -- Healthy lives -- Economic participation -- Home environment -- Safe and supportive communities -- Outcomes for Torres Strait Islander people -- Measuring factors that improve outcomes -- Appendices.

Language

English

Subject

Aboriginal Australians -- Ecoomic conditions; Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions; Public welfare administration -- Australia; Aboriginal Australians -- Services for; Closing the Gap of Indigenous Disadvantage (Australia)

Publisher name

Australia. Productivity Commission for the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

Place of publication

Canberra (A.C.T.)

Format

5 volumes (various pagings) : charts, colour map ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

ISBN

9781740375917 (Print); 9781740375900 (PDF)

ISSN

1448-9805 (Print); 2206-9704 (Online)

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

Australia. Productivity Commission for the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/267090

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445158

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445153; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445154; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445156; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445151

Page content

8.30 OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE 2016 8.6 Oral health16 Box 8.6.1 Key measures Nationally in 2014-15, the rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations for dental conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children was 4.2 per 1000 population. After adjusting for differences in population age structures the rate is around 1.3 times the rate for non Indigenous Australians (table 8A.6.10), reflecting an increase over the last 10 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (table 8A.6.11). Accurate data on dental health are relatively old (2010 for children and 20042006 for adults) and, particularly for children, may not be representative of current dental health outcomes. Supplementary data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 014 years show that in 2014-15: there were 28.4 per cent with reported teeth or gum problems (table 8A.6.4) of those with reported problems, 71.4 per cent reported having a dental check-up within the previous year (table 8A.6.5), with cost the major reason the child didnt see the dentist in the last 12 months (27.9 per cent) (table 8A.6.6). Box 8.6.2 Measures of oral health There are two main measures for this indicator: Child dental health is defined as the proportion of children with no decayed, missing or filled teeth (dmft/DMFT) for children aged 510 years (infant teeth) and 615 years (permanent teeth)17. Data are sourced from the AIHW Child Dental Health Survey, with the most recent data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children for 2010 for Queensland, WA, SA, NT and Tasmania (age; remoteness) Adult dental health is defined as the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) for people aged 15 years and over. Data are sourced from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health, 20042006 (national). Supplementary data for the main measures are reported from the ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS)/National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), with the most recent data for 2014-15 for children aged 014 years and 2012-13 for people aged 15 years and over (data are based on self-report). Non-Indigenous comparator data are not available. A supplementary measure is reported on the hospitalisation rate for dental health conditions per 1000 population (national: remoteness; age). Oral health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. There is increasing evidence about the link between poor oral health and some chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease (Gwynne et al. 2016). 16 The Steering Committee notes its appreciation to the National Health Leadership Forum, which reviewed a draft of this section of the report. 17 DMFT/dmft: uppercase denote permanent (adult) teeth and lowercase deciduous (infant) teeth. DMFT/dmft is the sum of decayed, missing and filled teeth. Index is cumulative: once a tooth has decay, it is permanently recorded, and changes in risk factors or disease levels do not change.


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