Health and wellbeing indicators are not the only thing that people talk about in health and wellbeing discussions.
It’s often also the first thing people talk to after deciding what to eat, how to dress, where to eat and how to travel.
In the case of Indigenous Australians, the health and well-being indicators often go a long way towards predicting what they will do in the future.
The ABC’s Ingrid Millington asked the community about the health, wellbeing and physical well-Being indicators in the community.
The results are in.
Indigenous Australians are often identified with a range of health and wellness concerns, including eating well, physical well being and mental wellbeing.
There are some who have very little awareness of their physical and mental health.
For some people, the answers are more complex.
They have health problems such as asthma, obesity and diabetes.
They suffer from depression and anxiety.
Some suffer from mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Many have anxiety.
These are some of the health challenges that Indigenous Australians have.
How are they doing?
Indigenous Australians living in the Northern Territory are typically the poorest in Australia and the health of their communities is not the highest priority.
The majority of Indigenous Australian children do not have access to a primary school and most Indigenous families have been cut off from the rest of Australia for decades.
Indigenous people living in Australia are at a particularly high risk of developing a range or chronic conditions.
This can include depression, anxiety and diabetes, which can lead to death.
Indigenous Australia has some of Australia’s highest rates of obesity, diabetes and depression.
The prevalence of depression among Indigenous Australians has increased by almost 20 per cent in the past five years, according to the latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Indigenous adults are also at increased risk of depression and other mental health conditions, particularly when they are in contact with Indigenous people and people of colour.
In 2014, the Australian Government launched the Mental Health Strategy for Indigenous Communities, which identified five priorities to tackle mental health for Indigenous communities in Australia.
Among these priorities are improving the mental health of Indigenous people in communities, addressing the impact of poverty on mental health, supporting Indigenous communities to reduce their barriers to accessing healthcare and providing services for Indigenous people who are at risk of suicide and self-harm.
Indigenous Health and Wellbeing and the Indigenous Health Council, the federal body that supports Indigenous health and social services, provide an opportunity to discuss these issues with Indigenous Australians.
These issues are a key area of focus for the Federal Government and the Government of the Northern Territories.
What can I do to help?
There are many things you can do to support Indigenous Australians and the community around them.
You can: Take time to reflect on your health, mental health and physical health and ask questions about how you can improve your health and how you will improve your mental health to help people with depression and addictions