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Aboriginal men die 20 years before white men


An Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander health workers' conference has heard that the life expectancy for Aboriginal men is 20 years lower than it is for white men in Australia.

The chief executive officer of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Forum, Mick Adams, has told the conference being held in Adelaide that there are a number of reasons for the statistic.

He says more Aboriginal men need to be encouraged to have regular health checks, particularly in the area of sexual health.

Mr Adams says there are many other issues which are not being addressed adequately.

"Issues like incarceration, sexual abuse, family abuse and all that, they're part of the wellbeing process of males," he said.

"We need to address those as well."

SOURCE:
ABC

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