Despite the ongoing poor data, Mr Rudd is confident programs like the intervention and the $642 million housing program for Indigenous communities will eventually see statistical improvements.
"We're committed to this because everything we've tried in the past hasn't worked," Mr Rudd said.
"Let's be very practical about it. We're on this bus because we think it's the right way to go, and there's always going to be a whole lot of argy-bargy round the side of it.
"That's life, but I'm supporting the Chief Minister in his efforts and what Premier [Anna] Bligh is doing in a different context in Cape York, what Premier [Colin] Barnett is doing in the Kimberley.
(Damning report; indigenous gap grows. ABC News. July 2, 2009.)