Indigenous Australian Mental Health

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MR Hon Peter Dutton MP
Minister for Health
Australian Government Department of Health
Sirius Building, Furzer Street, Woden Town Centre
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

Dear Mr Dutton:
Thank you for taking time to read my letter. As a nursing student of University of Technology Sydney, I studied contemporary indigenous subject this semester. In this letter I want to illustrate 3 main social determinants of health that impact indigenous Australian health which I found and analysed during my recently study. And also offer some suggestion that could help the government improve aboriginal Australian mental health conditions in the future.
Since colonialism after the invasion, Australia indigenous peoples have experienced a great deal
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(Wilkinson & Marmot 2003).
The addict incidence of mental health disorders and substance misuse problems is terribly high. Compared with the non-indigenous population, the indigenous people of Australia occupied very high crime rate, indigenous peoples make up 33 per cent of the total population of Australia, while one out of every four prisoners in Australia indigenous peoples. Drug abuse is a serious issues, leading to poor mental health and high imprisonment rates(Calma & Dudgeon 2013).
Health risk increased with unemployment. There is evident that the health risk is higher in areas where unemployment is common. Stable and secure work improves to individual’s job satisfaction, well-being and health. Deteriorate illness and premature death caused by higher unemployment (Wilkinson & Marmot 2003). A number of research form many foreign countries shows individuals and their families face comparatively high risk of premature death (Wilkinson & Marmot 2003). Australia indigenous peoples accounted for 2.4% of the Australian population, the impact of factors such as unemployment, imprisonment, low-income, eligible housing, lead them to life expectancy 9-12 years less than other Australian population(Cunningham & Paradies 2013).
The social isolation risks rose up with development of social exclusion and hardship, such as addiction, divorce, disability, separation and illness. An also, people confront with predicament exacerbation by the