Journal article

An assessment of intellectual disability among Aboriginal Australians

EJ Glasson, SG Sullivan, R Hussain, AH Bittles

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The health and well-being of Indigenous people is a significant global problem, and Aboriginal Australians suffer from a considerably higher burden of disease and lower life expectancy than the non-Indigenous population. Intellectual disability (ID) can further compromise health, but there is little information that documents the prevalence of ID among indigenous populations. This study provides information on ID among the Aboriginal population of Western Australia. METHODS: The Disability Services Commission (DSC) of Western Australia has maintained a statewide database of people with ID since 1953. Data on people of Aboriginal descent were extracted from the DSC database and li..

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