The following piece was published 29 March 2013, SBS World News Australia Radio.
By Ildi Amon
An Indigenous health organization has called for more investment in Indigenous community-controlled health services.
It follows the release of data by the Australian Institute of Helath and Welfare which has found that death rates for avoidable causes and circulatory diseases declined between 2001 and 2010.
But the figures also show almost half of Indigenous mothers smoke during pregnancy and unemployment rates continue to remain higher for Indigenous people than for non-Indigenous people.
Selwyn Button from the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council says health outcomes would improve if Indigenous people had a greater say in the services being provided.
He’s told Ildi Amon more needs to be done to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.