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Social determinants and the health of Indigenous peoples in Australia — a human rights based approach Author Area: Introduction Improving the health status of Indigenous peoples 1 in Australia is a longstanding challenge for governments in Australia.
The gap in health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians remains unacceptably wide. Social determinants theory recognises that population health and inequality is determined by many interconnected social factors 5.
Likewise, it is a basic tenet of human rights law that all rights are interconnected and that impacting on the enjoyment of one right will impact on the enjoyment of others 6.
Because of this synergy, human rights discourse provides a framework for analysing the potential health impacts of government policies and programs on Indigenous peoples. While fundamental to improving Indigenous health outcomes, these issues are not addressed in this paper.
One of the nine guiding principles of this is that Governments adopt a holistic approach: Indigenous health in Australia — key trends The current status of Indigenous health in Australia can be briefly synopsized as follows: For example, there is an estimated gap of approximately 17 years between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectation in Australia For all age groups below 65 years, the age-specific death rates for Indigenous Australians are at least twice those experienced by the non-Indigenous population Indigenous peoples do not have an equal opportunity to be as healthy as non-Indigenous Australians.
While there have been improvements on some measures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status, they have not matched the rapid health gains made in the general population in Australia.
The increase in absolute terms of the size of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth population will require significant increases in services and programs simply to keep pace with demand and maintain the status quo, yet alone to achieve a reduction in existing health inequality.
The inequality in health status experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is linked to systemic discrimination. Historically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have not had the same opportunity to be as healthy as non-Indigenous people.
This occurs through the inaccessibility of mainstream services and lower access to health services, including primary health care, and inadequate provision of health infrastructure in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Indigenous health and human rights — Key principles The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ICESCR includes the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health article 12 ; the right to an adequate standard of living, including adequate food, clothing and housing article 11 ; and the right to education article Article 2 of the Covenant requires that governments take steps, to the maximum of their available resources, with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of the rights recognized in the Covenant.
It also requires that all rights be enjoyed on a non-discriminatory basis. The right to health, and these related rights, have been recognised for some time.
But it is only in recent years that detailed consideration has been given a rights based approach to health. This framework therefore offers a relatively new perspective on the factors necessary to address health inequalities and ensure to all people the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health.
Overall, the human rights based approach to health has the following components. A rights based approach to health has begun to be operationalized throughout the United Nations structure through the Common Understanding of a Human-Rights Based Approach to Development Cooperation.
People are key actors in their own development, rather than passive recipients of commodities and services; Participation is both a means and a goal; and Strategies should be empowering, not disempowering, and encourage active engagement of all stakeholders. These human rights considerations are critical in addressing the social determinants of health.
Nationally inIndigenous students were also half as likely to continue to year 12 as non-Indigenous students Poverty is clearly associated with poor health. Poor education and literacy are linked to poor health status, and affect the capacity of people to use health information; 24 Poorer income reduces the accessibility of health care services and medicines; Overcrowded and run-down housing is associated with poverty and contributes to the spread of communicable disease; Poor infant diet is associated with poverty and chronic diseases later in life; 25 and Smoking and high-risk behaviour is associated with lower socio-economic status.
In making these assertions, Indigenous peoples anticipated developments in social determinants theory over the s.
This is the experience among Indigenous Australians. An indicator of chronic stress in a population group is high rates of high-risk health behaviour, notably substance abuse.
One in six reported consuming alcohol at risky or high risk levels. Hospitalisation rates for assault or intentional self-harm may also be indicative of mental illness and distress. In —04, Indigenous males were 7 times more likely, and females 31 times as likely as for males and females in the general population; hospitalisation rates for intentional self-harm was twice as high.
The WAACHS found that the environmental safety and the emotional and social health of Indigenous children improved with isolation that is, those in remote communities had better mental health.
Children living in Perth had significantly poorer in fact, five times worse emotional and social health than those living in very remote communities.
The report concludes that traditional cultures and ways are protective against poor environmental safety and emotional and social health. It is also a stepping-stone to the goal of social and economic equality. While the fact of control may in and of itself be expected to bring broader health benefits, the ability of communities to decide on, and address, their own health priorities has been found to increase the impact of primary health care in communities.
Pre-natal deaths per 1, reduced from Improving the health status of Indigenous peoples1 in Australia is a longstanding challenge for governments in Australia. The gap in health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians remains unacceptably wide.2 It has been identified as a human rights concern by United Nations committees3; and acknowledged as such by Australian governments4.
Stress is hypothesised to be a major influence in the social determinants of health. There is a relationship between experience of chronic stress and negative health outcomes.
There are two ways that this relationship is explained, through both direct and indirect effects of chronic stress on health .
level structural factors refer to the political, economic, and cultural context, as well as the larger social institutions that shape care behaviors more broadly (e.g., access to driver’s licenses, enforcement of immigration policy, discrimination related to race.
Theories have been generated to explain how people make decisions, and what types of factors influence decision making in the present and future. In addition, heuristics have been researched to understand the decision making process. The Impact of Political, Economic, and Cultural Forces. By William Julius Wilson.
T. are higher, and their access to health care is more limited. Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools.
Social Determinants of Health: How Social and Economic Factors Affect Health 3 20% by clinical health care (access and quality), 30% by health behaviors (them- Social Determinants of Health: How Social and Economic Factors Affect Health 5.