Aboriginal health

Aboriginal health is “not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being thereby bringing about the total well-being of their Community. It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life–death–life.” (from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Constitution, based on the National Aboriginal Health Strategy, 1989).

Health disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians continue to be a priority for Australian governments. Aboriginal Australians are significantly more affected by low birth weight, chronic diseases and trauma resulting in early deaths, and poor social and emotional health.

Historically, immunisation has been, and remains, a simple, timely, effective and affordable way to improve Aboriginal health, delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) people of all ages.


Last updated September 2015