AMA 2015 Report Card on Indigenous Health

AMA Report Card on Indigenous Health 2015  - Treating the high rates of imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as a symptom of the health gap: an integrated approach to both.

CLOSING THE GAP ON INDIGENOUS IMPRISONMENT RATES

“Disturbingly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 10 to 17 year olds are 17 times more likely as non-Indigenous young Australians to have been under youth justice supervision.  In health terms, this can be a life sentence.

This Report Card is full of similar chilling statistics and the horrific effects being in prison can have on the health of individuals, and how these health issues can stay with these people throughout their lives.

But this Report Card is about more than defining the problem – it is about prescribing solutions.

The AMA commends this Report Card to everybody involved with and concerned about Indigenous incarceration and its effect on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Above all, we urge our political leaders at all levels of government to take note of this Report Card and be motivated to act to implement solutions. No more excuses.”

Professor Brian Owler

President, Australian Medical Association

November 2015