Promoting respect and awareness of Indigenous health issues
About Indigenous Health
- 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 who ranked 103rd on UN’s 2010 State of the World’s Indigenous People Report – 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.
TIME’s Indigenous Health Project formally began in 2009 and looks to collaborate with various organisations across Brisbane such as TROHPIQ (Towards Rural and Outback Health Professionals In Queensland) and NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee).
Enhance understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and sensitivities
- Raise awareness about Indigenous health issues among the UQ community
- Build relationships with Indigenous communities in Queensland and engage in preventive health measures
- Equip UQ health students with skills to address Indigenous health issues, particularly in a clinical setting
Indigenous Health Seminar
The Indigenous Health Seminar is a collaboration between TIME and TROPHIQ. It aims provide a platform for students to engage with doctors who experienced working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and learn how to better approach these issues as medical students.
FAMILY DAY FUN @ MUSGRAVE PARK
The NAIDOC Family Fun Day is an event that celebrates Indigenous culture. TIME and TROPHIQ collectively set up an educational booth with information on healthy eating and fun activities during the event to promote Indigenous health.
TIME UQ is looking to expand it’s involvement in Indigenous Health and we are currently collaborating with other organisations such as Deadly Choices and Goorie Berrimpa regarding project opportunities. We are also looking towards hosting a first aid course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities. Please check back on this page for future updates.