In the next Australian Health Survey, Indigenous people under 18 years of age will be excluded from direct clinical measurements and laboratory tests.

Indigenous people of all ages were to be excluded from the opportunity, offered to other Australians, to donate blood and urine samples to a national repository. This component has now been abandoned for the whole cohort.

This sets perilous precedents of exclusion from opportunities available to all other Australians, and deprives the medical community of information that could inform strategies to improve health profiles and outcomes in this seriously disadvantaged group.