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Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators

Details:

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

SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES 11.13 consumption and harm). The use of illicit drugs can affect a persons education, employment and health (including increased illness, disease, accidents and injury). Harmful drug use is associated with family and social disruption, violence and crime (Catto and Thomson 2008, Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs 2014). Property crime, violence, family friction, physical and mental health problems and young people committing suicide are often associated with volatile substance use (Marel, MacLean and Midford 2016). Use of illicit drugs during pregnancy, and associated impacts, is discussed in section 6.2. In this section, the use of the term illicit substance use refers to use of substances which are illegal to possess (such as heroin) and misuse of substances which are legally available (for example, petrol, glue, paint and prescription drugs). Misuse of legal substances (volatile substance use) can result in sudden death, asphyxiation or neurological and cognitive effects. Substance use Nationally in 2014-15, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 15 years and over 30.6 per cent reported4 using substances in the 12 months prior to interview (table 11A.2.4). Reported substance use was lower in remote areas (20.9 per cent) than in non-remote areas (33.2 per cent), and higher for males (34.2 per cent) than females (27.3 per cent) (tables 11A.2.5-6). Substance use varied across states and territories (table 11A.2.7). The rest of this section reports data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 18 years and over (aligned with the NIRA age scope of reporting on rates of current daily smokers and levels of risky alcohol consumption). In 2014-15, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults (in the 12 months prior to interview): around two-thirds (68.6 per cent) reported not having used substances the proportion reporting illicit substance use increased from 23.1 per cent in 2002 to 30.8 per cent 2014-15 marijuana, hashish or cannabis resin was the most commonly used illicit drug (19.6 per cent), followed by analgesics and sedatives (13.0 per cent) (table 11A.2.1). This is consistent with the findings from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, for both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and non-Indigenous population cannabis was the most commonly used illicit drug, followed by illicit use of pharmaceuticals (AIHW 2014). 4 Substance use questions were self-completed by respondents in non-remote areas, whereas respondents in remote areas were asked these questions via personal interview.


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