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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health

According to the AIHW report Australia’s Health 2008, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are generally less healthy than other Australians, die at much younger ages, have more disability and a lower quality of life. Despite improvements in Indigenous death rates, the overall gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people appears to be widening. However, the gap in death rates between Indigenous infants and other Australian infants is narrowing.

In 2012 NHMRC research funding expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health was more than $46 million for 203 active research grants,  representing more than 5.9% of all NHMRC research expenditure in that year.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health - research funding summary

Calendar Year

Financial Year

2003

$9,389,167

2003-04

$10,808,233

2004

$11, 619, 028

2004-05

$14,454,584

2005

$17,613,996

2005-06

$18,805,577

2006

$20,021,823

2006-07

$20,862,401

2007

$22,745,583

2007-08

$27,413,634

2008

$31,155,736

2008-09

$33,593,045

2009

$36,209,221

2009-2010

$39,397,269

2010

$41,685,595

2009-2010

$42,833,484

2011

$44,304,234

2010-2011

$45,529,488

2012

$46,754,663 2012-2013 $40,097,290

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health - research funding dataset

Work Sheet Type

Period

Status

Date of Update

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Dataset (XLS, 2.78MB)

2000-2012

Update

11/09/2013


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Page reviewed: 18 March, 2014