Are first nations peoples really only 10 years behind in life expectancy?

28th Apr 2016

Researchers are questioning the validity of data that suggests the life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is now 10.6 years lower than the non-Aboriginal population.

While Australia continues to enjoy one of the highest life expediencies in the world according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the life expectancy gap between first nation’s peoples and non-Aboriginal Australians has improved in recent years .

But a researcher for the Institute of Social Justice and Human Rights, Gerry Georgatos says the life expectancy data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is too generalised giving a false sense of improvement.