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Aboriginal health

  1. McDonald, D. 1996, 'Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: Four years of Implementation of the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody', AIATSIS Research Discussion Paper, no. 4.

    This paper looks briefly at the findings of the Royal Commission. More specifically it summarises the causes of death of the 99 Aboriginal people who died, together with the reasons for them being taken into custody, noting that in 35 of the cases it was for public drunkenness. One of the central findings contributing to the death of Aboriginal people is their level of over-representation in custody. The final report of the Royal Commission contained two quite lengthy chapters relating to Aboriginal health. The paper then proceeds to look at the incidence of deaths in custody during the period 1990 to 1994, followed by action taken in implementing the recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

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