An urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey 1995 - 96

Hayman, Noel (1996). An urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey 1995 - 96 Master's Thesis, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland.

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Author Hayman, Noel
Thesis Title An urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey 1995 - 96
School, Centre or Institute School of Population Health
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1996
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Ian Ring
Peter O'Rourke
Total pages 149
Language eng
Subjects L
730206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Formatted abstract

During 1995-96 a health survey was conducted in an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of South East Queensland. A representative sample of 126 was selected from the total population of 213 indigenous people aged twelve years and over living in this urban community. Composition of the sample consisted of 93 percent of Aboriginal descent and 7 percent Torres Strait Islander and mixed descent. Data were gathered by face to face interviews using a questionnaire designed to collect information on demographics, family and personal medical history, exercise, smoking, alcohol and other drug use. Prevalence was then ascertained for asthma, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, cancer, stroke, renal failure, exercise, smoking and alcohol use.

High rates of asthma (35 percent), hypertension (16 percent) and diabetes (13 percent) were reported. Conversely low numbers with cancer, stroke and renal failure were found. Modern research has clearly shown cigarette smoking to be a major health hazard, but smoking was not considered a problem by the community. A smoking rate of 61 per cent (males 68 percent and females 55 percent) was reported and is just over double that reported by the nonindigenous population and approximately 10 percent higher than those rates found in larger national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander surveys in 1994. There was no significant difference between smoker status and gender (X2 = 2.34 p = 0.13). Higher smoking rates were reported in the younger age groups. A high proportion of respondents commenced smoking regularly at age 15 years or less……………………………………

Keyword Aboriginal
Torres Strait Islander
Health status
other drug use

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