The relevance of human rights to health status in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Smallwood, Gracelyn and White, Colin and Kotiw, Michael (1997) The relevance of human rights to health status in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Health and Human Rights, 2 (2). pp. 127-136. ISSN 1079-0969

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Australian indigenous people have been, and in many
instances continue to be, deprived of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Dispossession of their land, territories, and resources have prevented Australian indigenous peoples from realizing their rights to development in accordance with their needs and interests. This alienation and enforced impoverishment have contributed significantly to the poor health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. While there have been some major improvements
in health during the past 20 years, mortality rates are still far too high and life expectancy too low. Australian
indigenous peoples have a fundamental right to expect improvements in their health status similar to that achieved in other countries throughout the world.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Kumbari/Ngurpai Lag Higher Education Centre
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2013 04:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: reserves; destruction of culture; white invasion; stolen generations; stolen children; family breakdown; life expectancy
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160301 Family and Household Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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