Summary of Indigenous Women’s Health 2013

Found in: Health resources

Burns J, MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B.

The summary includes information on:

  • Limitations of the sources of Indigenous health
  • Births and pregnancy outcomes
  • Mortality
  • Hospitalisation
  • Selected health conditions
  • Factors contributing to Indigenous health

The report shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience poorer health than other Australian women due to the context of their lives, with significant impacts being related to dispossession, forced removals from family, racism, marginalisation and exposure to violence. The authors write: “Women have many responsibilities as mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives and partners, and most commonly it is the women in households who have the main responsibility for looking after the health of other family members. There is the potential for significant health gains for Indigenous women through improved prevention, early detection and treatment to address the higher levels of risk factors and the burden of disease with earlier onset and lower survival rates.”

According to this report , to ensure better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, strategies need to include knowledge and awareness of the history, experience, culture and rights of Indigenous women. An In Indigenous, holistic perspective of health encompassing everything important in a person’s life, including land, environment, physical body, community, relationships, and law needs to be combined in a culturally sensitive manner with biomedically derived concepts of health to deal adequately with Indigenous female health issues in both the immediate and long term.

Indigenous Women's Health