Indigenous Victorians Essay

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“A majority of the Aboriginal people living in Victoria live well below the poverty line,” and their life expectancy is a lot lower than that of the average non-indigenous Victorian. The general health status of these people is indeed much poorer than that the rest of the Victorian population. A person or a group of peoples’ life expectancy refers to the predicted number of years they are expected to live. This is determined statistically by factors such as, General Health, living conditions and nutrition. For example the average life span/life expectancy for an aboriginal man living in Victoria is 59 years and for woman it would be 65, This is a lot less compared to the non-indigenous Victorians as the average man is predicted to live to 76 and a woman is predicted to live till 82. There are many factors that play a role in the low life expectancy of indigenous Australians one of these being the social and cultural values. Indigenous woman are having children at a very young age and there is a lack of available services to support them and their children’s health problems, and disease between the indigenous people is 20 times higher that non-indigenous. It is very hard for problems like this to be fixed because of health services like the aboriginal health service in Fitzroy, it has only four members of staff, one of which works part time, and another who visits once a week and they are treating over 500 children. General preventable health conditions are becoming a cause of death amongst the aborigines for people with literacy issues or people who have a lack of access to transport as they cannot manage there problems well. An aboriginal patient who had untreated diabetes that was so severe that the doctors had to amputate his toes. Many aboriginal people who live like this in Victoria are not noticed that’s why it’s hard for people to believe that the life
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