Indigenous cardiac mortality halves

Health ministers' project makes some headway, suggests report

Mortality from cardiac conditions is falling among Indigenous Australians, dropping by 49% over two decades, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reports.

Aboriginal health

But despite the improvement between 1998 and 2017, Indigenous mortality was still 1.5 times higher than for non-Indigenous people nationally and three times higher in the Northern Territory, the researchers said.

“Some progress has been made toward better cardiac care for Indigenous Australians,” wrote the authors of the report, Better Cardiac Care Measures for Aboriginal and Torres