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Survey reveals higher Indigenous child stress levels

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 13 April 2005

A survey into the health of Aboriginal children in Western Australia has revealed they have higher levels of stress than non-Indigenous children.

The Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey's second volume is being released today and the results show Aboriginal children are exposed to a greater number of stressful events.

These include imprisonment of a family member, extended periods of separation, family unemployment or a death.

A co-author of the report, Professor Sven Silburn, says the State Government now has evidence of what many Indigenous Australians already suspected.

"They have a disproportionately high burden that they carry in terms of chronic illnesses, premature deaths and a level of life stress events impacting on families that's quite beyond the experience of most non-Aboriginal families," he said.

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