Being so accommodating

The social determinants of health include if a person: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are generally worse off than non-Indigenous people when it comes to the social determinants of health [2] [3] [4] [5].

Many health services are not as accessible and user-friendly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they are for non-Indigenous people, adding to higher levels of disadvantage.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is much younger overall than the non-Indigenous population (Derived from [6] [11]).

The most recent estimates show that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male born in 2010-2012 is likely to live to 69 years, about 10 years less than a non-Indigenous male (who could expect to live to 80 years) (Figure 2) [14].

Sometimes this is because more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than non-Indigenous live in remote locations and not all health services are offered outside of cities.

Sometimes health services are not culturally appropriate (which means they do not consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

The bars show the percentage of the total population that falls within each age group.

The general shapes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and the non-Indigenous pyramids are different.

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The leading causes of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in NSW, Qld, WA, SA and the NT in 2015 were: Between 19, there was a 16% decrease in the death rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW, Qld, WA, SA and the NT; there was also a considerable closing of the gap in death rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people during this time period [17].

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