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Aboriginal children are still twice as likely to die as other young Australians

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 26 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1852
  1. Jane McCredie
  1. 1Sydney

    The death rate among children and adolescents from Aboriginal and other indigenous groups in Australia has fallen over the past decade, a report has found. However, indigenous people aged between 1 year and 20 years are still twice as likely as other Australians in this age group to die, it says.

    The report highlights the scale of the challenge faced by Australian federal and state governments, which last year committed themselves to closing, within a generation, the 17 year gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

    The push to …

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