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The Aboriginal Men’s Health Implementation Plan Volume 12 Issue 12

Vladimir Williams, Michael Kakakios

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 12(12) 318 - 321 Published: 2001

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Vladimir Williams

Michael Kakakios


Despite an overall improvement in the health of the NSW population, Aboriginal men continue to suffer mortality and morbidity at much higher rates than non-Aboriginal men. Aboriginal men have a reduced quality of life, and unacceptably high rates of illness and premature death. The success of efforts to improve their health has been limited because these efforts have often failed to recognise that Aboriginal men experience health and illness differently from non-Aboriginal men, and that they also approach and use health services in a different manner. These differences are culturally-determined, and have a significant influence on the health outcomes of Aboriginal men.