Activity week 4

Pre-reading: Thackrah, R. & Scott, K. (Eds.) (2011) Indigenous Australian Health and Cultures; An introduction for health professionals. Frenchs Forest. Pearson Australia. Chapter Four (4).

Activity Four:

Students should write 250 words addressing one of the issues below.

1) The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) (2008), note that the Indigenous population is relatively young, median age is 21 years. Comparing this data with the non-Indigenous population what does it indicate in relation to life expectancy and fertility rates?

2) Education is linked to enhanced health information, knowledge and employment prospects. This is so for all Australians, however Indigenous youth remain disadvantaged. Outline the social determinants that compound this disadvantage.

3) The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) (2006) have developed a prevention plan to combat emotional and behavioural difficulties in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Outline the main points of this plan.

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