50 years since citizenship: successes and challenges in Indigenous Health

How far have we come in improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the past 50 years? The latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP) explores some of the changes that have occurred since the 1967 referendum saw Australians vote “yes” to changing the constitution and allowing the Federal Government to create laws for Indigenous people.

Articles in the issue include an investigation into research priorities for improving cancer control for Indigenous Australians; a systematic review of the quality of Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing; and an overview of the Australian Burden of Disease Study, examining the impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In a perspective article about the Indigenous smoking epidemic, researchers warn that despite substantial reductions in smoking prevalence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, smoking-attributable mortality is likely to remain high because epidemic stages demonstrate a long lag time between changes in smoking behaviour and the impact on tobacco-related cancer mortality.

Other papers in this issue examine the usefulness of self-reported data on use of prescription medications, compared with the gold standard pharmaceutical claims data; and describe the trends in fall-related ambulance use and hospitalisation among older adults in NSW.

PHRP is Australia’s first online-only open access peer-reviewed public health journal, published by the Sax Institute with a strong focus on the connection between research, policy and practice.

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