South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


79. Aboriginal life expectancy:

Increase the average life expectancy of Aboriginal South Australians

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

State data continues to show ongoing improvement in the average life expectancy for Aboriginal females whereas  the life expectancy for Aboriginal males has decreased in 2014. The driver of this reduced life expectancy comes from an increase in the number of deaths for Aboriginal men in the 55 and over age group. There were 31 deaths in 2013 and 52 in 2014. We would note, however, there are some issues with this data due to a small sample size.

There are a range of measures that SA Health has in place to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people. Supporting this is the Closing the Gap state investment $10.7m per annum funding commitment over three years to 30 June 2016, for the development and implementation of additional Aboriginal health programs and services across SA Health and non-government Aboriginal health services. Future funding commitments beyond July 2016 are subject to future budget processes.

SA Health is guided by the Aboriginal Cultural Respect Framework that provides the overarching policy direction to drive systemic improvements for supporting better Aboriginal health outcomes, as well as a range of broader initiatives including the:
• SA Health Aboriginal Health Care Plan;
• The Aboriginal Health Impact Statement;
• The development of Aboriginal employment strategies, and;
• The South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership Framework Agreement.

Lead Agency

SA Health