Indigenous at higher risk of death from swine flu outbreak

Indigenous people had a five-fold higher risk of death compared to non-Indigenous Australians during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, he said.

Professor Adrian Miller, head of Southern Cross University's Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, condemned the lack of focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during the pandemic.

"To our dismay the national pandemic influenza plan, released in 2010, did not target indigenous people as a special risk group," he said.

The September 2011 version of the National Action Plan for Human Influenza Pandemic acknowledges that Indigenous Australians were at “increased risk of serious disease” in the 2009 outbreak.

Professor Miller said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals suffered disproportionately from the pandemic, he said.

"Aboriginal people's current health status is very poor given the amount of chronic disease in communities and