Asthma WA involved in NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC stands for National
Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to
the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase
awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous
NAIDOC Week is held in the first
full week of July, the 2017 theme is “Our languages matter” which aims to
emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages
play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the
transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and
rites, through story and song.
Asthma WA is once again
participating in the celebrations and activities taking place across the nation
during NAIDOC Week, attending a range of dedicated events to provide fliers,
giveaways and brochures about asthma management and health as well as having
asthma education staff on hand to provide information and demonstrations of
asthma equipment and medication.
Ian Craig, COO of Asthma WA said
that ‘NAIDOC week events allows Asthma WA to connect with indigenous
communities and to provide education and advice to those who need it. Our
educators have participated in these events for a number of years, and we
really see the benefits in the communities we are able to reach’.
Asthma prevalence is markedly
higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than non-Indigenous
Australians, based on the findings of various surveys.
In 2012–13, 18% of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Australians had asthma (an estimated 111,900 people),
with a higher rate among females (20%) compared with males (15%). This is
almost twice as high among Indigenous Australians compared with non-Indigenous
Australians (a rate ratio of 1.9) after adjusting for difference in age
structure . The difference in asthma prevalence between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians exists across all age groups, but is more marked for
older adults (Figure 2).
Asthma mortality rates are also
higher among Indigenous Australians compared with non-Indigenous Australians
after adjusting for differences in age structure. During the period from 2010
to 2014, the mortality rate for asthma among Indigenous Australians was 2.4 per
100,000 population, which was 1.6 times that of non-Indigenous Australians (1.5
per 100,000), based on the five jurisdictions with adequate Indigenous
identification (NSW, Qld, NT, WA and SA).
Asthma WA Educators will be at the
following locations during NAIDOC Week:
Mirrabooka NAIDOC cultural celebration
NAIDOC Netball Carnival
NAIDOC Celebration Day
For additional information on
managing asthma or to arrange for an AFWA Educator to attend your community
event please call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).