Drop in Indigenous avoidable deaths

Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) showed death rates for avoidable causes and circulatory diseases had declined between 2001 and 2010.

But the figures also showed almost half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers smoke during pregnancy and unemployment rates continue to remain higher for Indigenous people than for non-Indigenous people.

In Western Australia, there was no improvement in incidence rates of treated end-stage renal disease in recent years — currently 12 times the rate for non-Indigenous