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dc.contributor.authorBooth, Alison L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Nicken_US
dc.description.abstractWe use unique survey data to examine the determinants of self-assessed health ofIndigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We explore the degree to which differences inhealth are due to differences in socio-economic factors, and examine the sensitivity of ourresults to the inclusion of ?objective? health measures. Our results reveal that there is asignificant gap in the health status of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, with theformer characterised by significantly worse health. These findings are robust to alternativeestimation methods and measures of health. Although between one third and one half of thehealth gap can be explained by differences in socio-economic status - such as income,employment status and education - there remains a large unexplained component. Thesefindings have important policy implications. They suggest that, in order to reduce the gap inhealth status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, it is important to addressdisparities in socio-economic factors such as education. The findings also suggest that thereare disparities in access to health services and in health behaviour. These issues need to betackled before Australia can truly claim to have 100% health-care coverage and high levels ofhealth and life expectancy for all of its population.en_US
dc.publisher|aInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) |cBonn-
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aIZA Discussion paper series |x1534en_US
dc.subject.keywordself-assessed healthen_US
dc.subject.keywordIndigenous healthen_US
dc.titleThe Health Status of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australiansen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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