When Australia’s First Nations people lived off the land there were very few signs of the major health problems they suffer with today.

Diabetes, kidney disease, alcohol and tobacco have taken their toll and heart disease among our First Nations people is at record levels.

The average age of death for First Nations males is approximately 56 years. Female’s fare slightly better at about 63 years, an average well below the statistics for non-First Nations people by about 20 years.

Early death, suicide, death in custody, accidental death and mental health issues are high. In First Nations communities such as Cherbourg in Queensland, there can be as many as four funeral ceremonies a week and they are costly.

The Wayne Weaver Foundation was established to ease the financial burden of funeral ceremonies so unresolved grief did not become a factor in the health of individuals or communities.

Your donation will help

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