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Social issues playing a large role in Indigenous male health   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Produced by Anthony Sonego

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There is still a large gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous males when it comes to life expectancy. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males have a life expectancy of 11 years less than non-Indigenous males.

Medical research has often traditionally focused on physical and lifestyle factors behind disease. But a recent report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) seeks to highlight social determinants of this gap in life expectancy. The report says factors like discrimination, incarceration and education have a big impact on the health of indigenous men.

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John Macdonald - Director of the Men's Health Information & Resource Centre at University of Western Sydney
Mark Wenitong - Public Health Medical Officer at National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

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