Aboriginal men's health and wellbeing
We are determined to get more Aboriginal men to go and see the doctor. Men are generally not going to their doctor or health professional when they have a problem. Also, they tend to leave things too late.
We want to reduce the levels of illness and death of Aboriginal men in Western Australia, improving the average life expectancy to that of the national male average.
We are committed to advancing Aboriginal men's health in WA. We want to help all Aboriginal men lead better and longer lives through improved access to:
- health services
- screening programs
- preventative health initiatives
Emerging data confirms that Aboriginal men have the worst health outcomes of any subgroup in Australia. The data clearly indicates that Aboriginal men’s health and wellbeing is not tracking very well at the moment. Aboriginal men die earlier from chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, injury, respiratory disease, cancer and endocrine disease. They have higher rates of suicide than non-Aboriginal men, and have similar death rates from assault to females.
Life expectancy for Aboriginal males in Australia is estimated at 18 years less than non-Aboriginal men on average (59 years for Aboriginal men versus 77 years for non-Aboriginal men). There is also a 6 year gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal men and Aboriginal women (59 years and 65 years respectively). (AIHW, 2008)
A renewed focus – working towards change
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