Queensland audit reveals Indigenous gaps in lifespan and well being


Indigenous folks in Queensland have a life expectancy as much as 7.8 years shorter than common and the well being system will doubtless miss a 2031 goal to shut the hole, in accordance with a state audit.

The audit additionally discovered Queensland Well being couldn’t reveal how its 23-year framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander had improved culturally applicable care because it was launched 13 years in the past.

The state’s Indigenous life expectancy hole now stands at 7.8 years for males and 6.7 years for females.

A Queensland Audit Workplace efficiency report into well being outcomes for Indigenous folks discovered that life expectancy was enhancing however coronary heart illness, most cancers and diabetes had been accountable had been inflicting about half the early deaths.

The report’s authors discovered every hospital and well being service area had a minimum of one Indigenous individual on its governing board and most had dedicated to workforce illustration targets however “there’s nonetheless an extended technique to go”.

“Necessary roles like Indigenous liaison officers are usually not used persistently, and there are extra alternatives to coach and develop the non-First Nations workforce to offer higher take care of First Nations sufferers,” the report said.

Indigenous folks in distant areas had been 1.6 instances extra more likely to expertise probably preventable hospitalisations.

The report discovered 90 per cent of Indigenous infants had been born with a wholesome birthweight, indicating one of the best likelihood of a wholesome begin in life, in comparison with 95 per cent of infants within the normal Queensland inhabitants.

The report made six suggestions on shut the well being hole together with growing a technique to cut back the speed of Indigenous folks lacking specialist appointments and discharging from hospital in opposition to recommendation and enhancing transport to healthcare providers.

A Queensland Well being spokesperson mentioned the organisation was dedicated to addressing well being inequity and attaining life expectancy parity for Indigenous folks in Queensland by 2031 and had taken important steps in direction of attaining these objectives.

“We all know extra must be achieved to attain well being fairness, which is why we now have accepted all suggestions and can work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to implement them,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Opposition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships spokesman John-Paul Langbroek mentioned he was “appalled” by the report and claimed the federal government had failed for a decade to implement Indigenous well being plans.

“They’ve repeatedly ignored the warnings, they’ve repeatedly didn’t hear and have allowed these systemic failures to slip uncontrolled,” Mr Langbroek mentioned.

Minster for Well being Shannon Fentiman was unavailable for remark.