26 October 2020

Health inequalities among Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori people

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Excerpt from the Global State of Harm Reduction 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and the Māori population in Aotearoa New Zealand, are disproportionately affected by the harms of drug use, and consistently experience worse health outcomes than other ethnic groups in the region.

This excerpt emphasises that social determinants of health have a demonstrable effect on the harms associated with drug use, and calls for harm reduction services tailored to Indigenous peoples’ needs, practices and conceptualisations of health.

The Global State of Harm Reduction is the only report that provides an independent analysis of harm reduction in the world. The Oceania chapter includes data from Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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