Apmer Aharreng-arenykenh Aknganenty Aboriginal Corporation has been exploring the possibility of establishing a regional Aboriginal service, similar to Nganampa Health Council or Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council. Support for this approach is provided within Article 25 of ILO 169.
According to one study into the health of Alyawarr and Anmatjere people living at Utopia that published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2008, the health of the people is relatively good compared with other Aboriginal people in the NT, but not as good as that for non-Indigenous people in the NT (to view the article, click here). Their relative good health is largely attributed to the fact that those surveyed live on outstations. The benefits of living on an outstation include better diet, exercise and empowerment, a more positive mindset from living on traditional homelands. For more information on outstations, click here. For further discussion on the effect of land other social determinants upon the leant of Alyawarr, Kaytetye and Anmatjerr people living in and around Utopia, click on the following link:
|Utopia Health Service and Utopia Community, Urapuntja Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, 2011.|
Notwithstanding these positive aspects, the health of Alyawarr people remains inferior to non-Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. The figure above (click on it for a clearer view) illustrates the comparative causes of premature mortality between the populations within the Barkly Shire, the Northern Territory and Australia. Around 72% of all people within the Barkly Shire are Aboriginal and around 40% of all Aboriginal people within the Barkly Shire are Alyawarr, so these results are expected to be indicative of the premature mortality amongst Alyawarr people.
For further discussion on the primary health care system, click here.
Inadequate housing is one of the biggest contributors to poor health in the Region. For more discussion on the housing issue, click here, and for more discussion on the public and environmental health system, click here.