The Health of Indigenous Australians

Neil Thomson

The Health of Indigenous Australians

Neil Thomson






16 Jan 2004


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By documenting the best evidence of the health status of Australia's Indigenous people and linking this with policy and program implications, The Health of Indigenous Australians is an essential book for all people involved and interested in Indigenous health. In particular, the book will assist the spectrum of people who need to make decisions about Indigenous health–from policy makers and senior program managers to the whole range of health professionals (including Indigenous health workers)–by providing knowledge gathered from an extensive range of sources. Taking a public health approach, the book places detailed information about specific health conditions affecting Indigenous people within a broad social framework. In so doing, this book makes an invaluable contribution towards improving the understanding of health issues facing Indigenous Australians.


  • Authoritative author team
  • Up-to-date research on the most important diseases affecting Indigenous people today
  • Comprehensive overview of Indigenous health status and the range of social and other risk factors
  • Details an extensive range of available evidence on Indigenous health


1. The Need for Indigenous Health Information — Neil Thomson
2. The Economic and Social Context of Indigenous Health — Jon Altman
3. Births, Deaths, and Hospitalisation — Neil Thomson and Mohammed Ali
4. Nutrition and Growth — Jane Burns and Jen Irvine
5. Diabetes — Jen Irvine, Ellie Kirov, and Neil Thomson
6. Mental Health — Ernest Hunter
7. Substance Misuse — Dennis Gary and Sherry Saggers
8. Cardiovascular Disease — Neil Thomson and Janette Brooks
9. Cancer — Ellie Kirov, Jacinta Francis, and Neil Thomson
10. Respiratory System Disorders — Neil Thomson, Ellie Kirov, and Mohammed Ali
11. Ear Disease and Hearing Loss — Samantha Burrow and Neil Thomson
12. Eye Health — Jane Burns and Neil Thomson
13. Gastrointestinal Disorders — Mohammed Ali and Neil Thomson
14. Oral Health — Jane Harford, John Spencer, and Kaye Roberts-Thomson
15. Disorders of the Renal-urologic System — Samantha Burrow and Neil Thomson
16. Skin Infections and Infestations — Bart Currie and Bianca McGougan
17. Pnuemococcal Disease — Peter MyIntyre
18. Other Communicable Diseases — Jane Burns, Samantha Burrow, Melissa Pumphrey, Ethan Sims, and Neil Thomson
19. Injury — Neil Thomson and Janette Brooks
20. Disability — Jane Burns and Neil Thomson
21. Responding to our 'Spectacular Failure' — Neil Thomson


Neil Thomson , Centre for Public Health, Edith Cowan University, Australia