AIHW Report

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

The 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.

Released: 15 August 18.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations aged 50 and over

A new Infocus report collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has highlighted the characteristics of,
and outcomes for, the Stolen Generations aged 50 and over.

Released: 20 November 18.

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Children living in households with members of the Stolen Generations

The report collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides a new perspective on the intergenerational impact of removal, by looking at outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 15 who live in households with members of the Stolen Generations. It is the first time children have been connected to adults in the same household who were removed from their families to uncover direct evidence of the intergenerational effects of removal. This report extends the analyses from two previous reports on the Stolen Generations prepared by AIHW for The Healing Foundation. This report looks at five outcome areas for children, including health, life stressors, school attendance, language and culture, and some household measures.

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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.

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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