Closing the gap: nurses and midwives making a difference

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Usher, Kim and Best, Odette. 2011. "Closing the gap: nurses and midwives making a difference." Contemporary Nurse. 37 (1), pp. 3-4. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2011.11002482
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Closing the gap: nurses and midwives making a difference

ERA Journal ID40054
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsUsher, Kim (Author) and Best, Odette (Author)
Journal TitleContemporary Nurse
Journal Citation37 (1), pp. 3-4
Number of Pages2
Year2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1037-6178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2011.11002482
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10376178.2011.11002482
Abstract

Life expectancy at birth is one of the main indicators of health inequality. Current health and social status indicators for Australian Indigenous people demonstrate major discrepancies in comparison to other Australians. For example, in Australia in 2005–2007 the Indigenous life expectancy gap at birth was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2009). This gap has remained relatively constant over the last few decades (ABS, 2008). While the main causes of death for Indigenous Australians are similar to those of non-Indigenous Australians, the percentages attributed to the different disease categories are significantly different. For example, death from external causes is 16.2% for the Indigenous population compared to 6.3% for non-Indigenous, and diabetes is 8% for Indigenous Australians compared to 2.4% for non-Indigenous (ABS, 2008; AIHW, 2008).

KeywordsAborigines; health care delivery; nurse midwife; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
Department of Health, Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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