Improving Aboriginal health is a key focus for the NSW health system.

NSW Health is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal people and other government agencies to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal people. This commitment has been formalised in a number of key documents including the

Within NSW Health, the Centre for Aboriginal Health is responsible for policy development, strategic planning and funding of programs to improve the health status of Aboriginal people in NSW.

Aboriginal people in NSW

Aboriginal people are the first peoples of Australia, and have strong cultures and communities. The resilience of Aboriginal people provides the foundation upon which to build further efforts to improve Aboriginal health.

More Aboriginal people live in NSW than in any other Australian state or territory. In 2017, an estimated 216,176 Aboriginal people were living in NSW, comprising 2.8% of the total population and 31.1% of the total Aboriginal population in Australia [1] Relatively high numbers of Aboriginal people live in metropolitan local health districts (LHDs), with over 90 per cent of Aboriginal people in NSW living in major cities or inner regional areas[2​]. While smaller numbers of Aboriginal people live in outer regional and remote areas, they represent a higher proportion of the population.

Further information on the health of Aboriginal people in NSW can be accessed through the Chief Health Officer’s Report and HealthStats NSW.

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Census of Population and Housing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile.ustralian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Census of Population and Housing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile.
  2. [ABS] Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2009. Experimental Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2010–2012. ABS. cat. no. 3302.0.55.003. Available at: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Life Expectancy Increases - Media Release accessed on 27/07/17. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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