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Indigenous health data and the path to healing


The health disadvantages of Indigenous peoples around the world have their roots in colonisation and discrimination and are related to a loss of autonomy over lands and culture. This history has profoundly affected social determinants of health, such as poverty and marginalisation, and contributed to higher rates of communicable and non-communicable diseases in Indigenous people, and life expectancies that are typically 5 years or more lower than in non-Indigenous populations. Despite persistent health inequities, Indigenous peoples are determining the path to healing their communities.



Walker J, Lovett R, Kukutai T, Jones C, Henry D. Lancet. 2017; 390(10107):2022-3. Epub 2017 Nov 2.

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