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Can sleep contribute to “closing the gap” for Indigenous children?
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Sarah Blunden, D Camfferman
The wellbeing of Australian Indigenous children has long been an issue of concern and the subject of numerous national partnerships, action plans and government policies. This is primarily because of the high incidence of health problems and academic deficits among Indigenous children in comparison with non-Indigenous children. The aim of these govenment policies is to bring about a general increase in Indigenous children's health and academic outcomes. We propose that poor sleep health may be a significant factor that should be considered within the discourse around closing the gap in the health and wellbeing of Indigenous children and young people.