Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia suffer levels of mortality, morbidity and compromised wellbeing far in excess of non-Indigenous Australians. This reflects issues of social injustice, particularly persistent social, economic disadvantage and the historical legacy of colonisation with its destruction of Indigenous culture.
The Maori philosophy towards health is based on a wellness or holistic health model. At birth, Maori life expectancy is 8.5 years lower than non-Maori, and lifetime prevalence of mental health problems is higher in the Maori population. Development of strategies and initiatives to promote improved mental health must be familiar concepts within Maori communities.
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