A landmark report in 2005 revealed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have shorter life expectancies and are more like to die in childhood, along with other gaps compared to non-Aboriginal Australians.
How have we progressed toward closing the gap in the 15 years since?
In this episode of Western Sydney Health Check we speak to WSLHD Aboriginal Health Strategy director Braiden Abala and Aboriginal Mental Health clinical lead John Fetuani about the challenges and successes in Western Sydney.
Braiden and John also reflect on what NAIDOC Day means to them, particularly this year’s theme of Always Was, Always Will Be, and talk about influential Aboriginal people who may not receive the recognition they deserve.
Listen to the episode now, learn more about the people they mention below, and catch up on previous podcast episodes here.
Eddie Mabo: https://aiatsis.gov.au/explore/eddie-koiki-mabo
Oodgeroo Noonuccal: https://ia.anu.edu.au/biography/noonuccal-oodgeroo-18057
David Uniapon: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/unaipon-david-8898
Charles Perkins: https://www.sydney.edu.au/charles-perkins-centre/about/who-is-charles-perkins.html