TIME’s Indigenous Health Project

TIME’s Indigenous Health project formally began in 2009 and looks to collaborate with various organizations across Brisbane including TROHPIQ (Towards Rural and Outback Health Professionals In Queensland) and NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee).

Long term objectives of the project consist of:

  • Enhancing understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and sensitivities
  • Raising awareness about Indigenous health issues among the UQ community
  • Building relationships with Indigenous communities in Queensland and engaging in preventive health measures
  • Equipping UQ health students with skills to address Indigenous health issues, particularly in a clinical setting

Indigenous Health Seminar

Each year, TIME hosts a seminar series for each project including the indigenous health seminar. This allows students to engage with doctors with experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well as the opportunity to learn how they can better approach these issues as a medical student. Please check back on this page for future updates.

Potential Projects

TIME is looking to expand it’s involvement in Indigenous Health and we are currently collaborating with other organizations such as Deadly Choices regarding project opportunities. We are also looking towards hosting a first aid course for Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islanders communities. Please check back on this page for future updates.

Background

  • The health of Australia’s indigenous peoples is similar to inhabitants of Cape Verde and El Salvador (non-Indigenous Australians ranked 3rd compared to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 103rd on UN’s 2010 State of the World’s Indigenous PeopleReport – the biggest discrepancy of the developed countries)
  • Life expectancy at birth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: 67.2 years for men and 72.9 years for women (2005-2007), 11.5 years lower than for non-Indigenous men and 9.7 years lower than for non-Indigenous women
  • 80% of the life expectancy gap can be attributed to preventable disease (cardiovascular complications, hepatic pathology and diabetes)
  • Broadly, inequality also exists in essential social determinants: unemployment, housing, access to food and water, suicide, substance abuse and crime

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s latest publication provides a comprehensive statistical overview of indigenous health.

For more information, check out the following resources: