It’s not easy being an Aboriginal man in Australia — nor if you’re an organisation attempting to get funding to help them.
Life expectancy for Aboriginal males is 11.5 years less than other Australian men. Two thirds of that gap is because of chronic disease — heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes — and indigenous people are more likely to struggle with two or more serious illnesses at the same time than non-indigenous people. Aboriginal people account for nearly 25% of our prison population. Statistics show that Aboriginal men under 45 are up to three times more likely to commit suicide than non-indigenous men of the same age.