Health, education and closing the cultural divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia are the focus areas of work with Indigenous communities.

The Facts

  • Indigenous lifespan is 17 years shorter than the national average.1

  • Indigenous infant mortality rates are nearly three times higher than non-Indigenous babies.2

  • The rate of diabetes in Indigenous children is six times higher than non-Indigenous children.3

  • 36% of people in remote communities have access to a library.4

  • 29% have a school up to year 10.4

  • 10% of Aboriginal children graduate from year 12.4

  • In the Northern Territory, one in five children living in very remote Indigenous communities read at the accepted minimum standard.5

  • By Year 7, just 15% achieve this benchmark, 47 percentage points behind their urban Indigenous peers, and 74% less than non-Indigenous students.5

The Link

Health is a basic human right and is essential to the social development of Indigenous people in remote communities. Generations of Indigenous Australians in remote communities have lived a life impacted by poor health, affecting the whole community, especially young people.3

Nutrition and health are closely connected to educational achievement, school attendance and literacy skills.4 Literacy skills are important for the life opportunities of Indigenous youth, providing them with the necessary skills to interact within mainstream society and avail themselves of the broadest range of civic, social, educational and employment possibilities.5

Community Partner

Telco Together supports Red Dust Role Models - a health promotion organisation that delivers innovative health promotion programs and community development projects in partnership with remote communities. Read more>>

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