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Older indigenous Australians will illness or disability at high risk of depression - ABC News


For the first time there's evidence that disability, renal failure and diabetes are causing high levels of psychological distress in older Indigenous Australians.

Key points:

  • Half of all Aboriginal people with chronic illness or a disability have mental health problems, study finds

  • Expert says policy changes are needed to improve the health and life expectancy of Indigenous community

  • There's also calls for an overhaul of the NDIS to better accommodate Indigenous people

New research by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute shows this is the case for half of all Aboriginal people suffering from significant health problems.

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