Australia: Aboriginal women's life expectancy 17 years below that of non-Indigenous women Print E-mail
 May 14 2007

Report reveals Aboriginal women's health inequality

A Bureau of Statistics report shows Indigenous women are about one-and-a-half times more likely to be overweight than non-Indigenous women.

The information for 2004 to 2005 is a snapshot of the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The report shows Indigenous women were more than 10 times as likely as non-Indigenous women to have kidney disease and more than four times as likely to have diabetes.

The figures show Indigenous women were more than two-and-a-half times more likely to have been victims of physical or threatened violence.
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The report says the most common health conditions reported by Indigenous women are problems with eyesight, back pain, heart disease and asthma.

It shows the life expectancy of Indigenous women is 65 years, around 17 years younger than for non-Indigenous women.