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. Tweet
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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes
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.
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