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Schooling and healthcare good in the Outback

19 June 2015 This report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare lists the numeracy and literacy skills, and health situation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in remote and non-remote parts of the country.
79% of Indigenous people live in urbanised parts of the country, for non-Indigenous that is 98%.
Adequate literacy and numeracy skills reach levels of almost 100% in all non-Indigenous groups, also in remote parts of the country. In Indigenous groups this is between 80% in urbanised areras, to below 40% in remote parts of the country.
This indicates that the location in itself does not necessarily mean lesser chances of adequate education.
Indigenous people aged 15 and over in non-remote areas (23%) were significantly more likely to report having used an illicit substance in the previous 12 months than those in remote areas (19%).
The healthcare costs per person for Indigenous people in remote areas is about twice as high as for non-Indignous people in the Outback. In Urban areas those costs are only 14% higher.
Comment by Wake Up Time: This report provides lots of interesting data. Health care and education levels seem to be good in remote Australia. The results in Indigenous communities are clearly far less encouraging, though. The main reason for that is clearly the way people use the available services. It is time that Indigenous people take more responsibility for the education of their children and for their health.

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