This Overview has been prepared by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. It is part of our contributions to ‘closing the gap’ in health between indigenous people and other Australians by making relevant, high-quality knowledge and information easily accessible to policy makers, health-service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers, students and the general community.
The main purpose of the Overview is to provide a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of indigenous people. It is beyond the scope of the Overview to analyse trends in the various indicators, so it tends to draw attention to the current health status of Australia’s indigenous peoples. The Overview doesn't attempt to review other aspects, such as the availability and use of services (including barriers to their use)nor strategies and policies related to specific health topics. Readers interested in these aspects should refer to the topic-specific reviews that are available on the HealthInfoNet’s website.