Health status of the Australian aboriginal people and the Native Americans--a summary comparison.


This article summarizes the history of healthcare for American Indians/Alaska Natives and Australian Aboriginals. After enduring a similar history of conquest and exploitation, both of these indigenous groups became marginalized occupants within larger colonial cultures. As both the United States and Australia grapple with making available culturally competent healthcare for these peoples, the authors suggest that health improvement will be tied to economic opportunity, and that priority attention to children can provide a reasonable health future for all.