Journal article

Limited progress in closing the mortality gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians of the Northern Territory

Tom Wilson, Yuejen Zhao, John Condon

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To assess whether progress is being made towards reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inequality in life expectancy and under-five mortality in the Northern Territory. METHODS: Life tables for five-year periods from 1966-71 to 2011-16 were calculated using standard abridged life table methods with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths and population estimates as inputs. The latter were calculated using reverse cohort survival. RESULTS: In 2011-16, life expectancy at birth for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population was 68.2 years for females and 64.9 years for males. Limited progress in under-five mortality rates has been made in recent years. CONCLU..

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