AIHW Report

What is the report about

This new report, collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), has uncovered chronic health issues, disability and alarming levels of economic and social disadvantage for the Stolen Generations and their descendants. As the first demographic study of its kind, it also provides comprehensive data to illustrate the direct link between the forced removal of tens of thousands of children from their families and the real-life symptoms of Intergenerational Trauma within today’s families and communities.The report is part of an ongoing needs analysis being led by The Healing Foundation, with funding from the Federal Government. It will be used to determine priorities for future strategies and services.

It estimates that 17,150 members of the Stolen Generations are still alive today and that they experience higher levels of adversity in relation to almost all of 38 key health and welfare outcomes.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander removed population and their descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes

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The tragic impact of past policies

The report paints a disturbing picture of health issues, disability and poor economic security factors for the Stolen Generations. As they rapidly approach their elderly years, their aged care needs will be far more complex than the average ageing Australian.

For example:

67% live with a disability or restrictive long-term condition

70% rely on government payments as their main source of income

66% of Stolen Generations live in households within the three lowest income percentages

40% have experienced homelessness in the past 10 years

91% never completed Year 12

62% (of working age) are not employed

39% (over the age of 50) report poor mental health.

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