Self identification of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.
Given the gross inequalities in health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Australia, the size of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and their historical and political context, there is a strong case for ensuring that information on Indigenous status is collected for planning and service delivery purposes and for monitoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives (High Court of Australia in Commonwealth V Tasmania (1983) 46 ALR).
In the Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC) this item is collected on the mother only.
Implementation in Metadata Sets
Aboriginal/Torres strait islander; Aboriginality; Torres Strait Islander