Research on Indigenous aged care and life expectancy sheds doubt on current policy

A recent study led by researchers at universities around Australia has produced results suggesting that Indigenous Australians may not be ageing prematurely, an outcome that has worried Indigenous aged care providers.

Authors from Charles Darwin University, the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and Menzies School of Health Research, published detailed research examining the implications of life expectancy and health conditions of older Indigenous people for health and aged care policy.

This has cast doubt on the assumptions behind Federal Government policy, which uses a demographic of 50 years and over for population-based planning for Indigenous Australians. This is compared with 70 years and over for non-Indigenous Australians.

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