Aboriginal TI Health

Recommendations for a National CQI Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – 18 December 2014

Posted on January 20, 2015. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Primary Hlth Care |

Recommendations for a National CQI Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – 18 December 2014

“This report provides advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health about the relevance and potential shape of a national framework for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (PHC).”

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Shifting Gears in Career: Identifying Drivers of Career Development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workers in the Health Sector – Lowitja Institute – 2014Shifting Gears in Career: Identifying Drivers of Career Development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workers in the Health Sector – Lowitja Institute – 2014

Posted on January 20, 2015. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Workforce |

Shifting Gears in Career: Identifying Drivers of Career Development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workers in the Health Sector – Lowitja Institute – 2014

T. Bretherton 2014
“This paper explores how the Australian health sector might improve opportunities for career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. It considers the current evidence surrounding career development in the health sector, along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker experiences, to develop a usable conceptual framework for change.”

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Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2nd ed – 2014

Posted on October 20, 2014. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2nd ed – 2014

“Funded by the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Telethon Kids Institute/Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit in collaboration with the University of Western Australia.

The book is intended for staff and students and all health practitioners working in areas that support Indigenous mental health and wellbeing. Working Together offers a high quality, comprehensive examination of issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.”

“If you wish to download the Working Together eBook or PDF we kindly ask that you fill out a short request form. This form will pop up when you click here.

Once you have filled out the form you will be able to commence your download. We are asking for this information to ensure that we are disseminating the book to a wide range of sectors.

Individual sections and chapters (PDF downloads) may be downloaded by clicking on each link.”

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Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. |

Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

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Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Updated Results, 2012–13 – ABS – released 6 June 2014

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Updated Results, 2012–13 – ABS – released 6 June 2014

4727.0.55.006

“This publication contains information from the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS) core sample of around 12,900 people (a combined data file of both the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NATSINPAS) for people aged 2 years and over). The core sample is larger than the NATSIHS sample of around 9,300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people which was used for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: First Results, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4727.0.55.001). For more information on the structure of the AATSIHS, see Structure of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey.”

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Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2nd ed

Posted on May 21, 2014. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice

Editors: Pat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy and Roz Walker

978-0-9775975-3-6

 

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Estimates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, June 2011 – ABS – 30 August 2013

Posted on August 30, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Estimates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, June 2011 – ABS – 30 August 2013

3238.0.55.001

“This product contains final estimates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, non-Indigenous and total populations of Australia at 30 June 2011, for various geographies.

Estimates are disaggregated by age (5-year age groups, with some single year of age data available) and sex for state and territory, Remoteness Areas and Indigenous Regions. Only total estimates for Statistical Areas Level 2 are available.

The estimates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous populations presented in this publication are based on 2011 Census of Population and Housing counts adjusted for net undercount as measured by the Post Enumeration Survey. The extent of undercoverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the 2011 Census and the relatively small sample size of the Post Enumeration Survey to adjust for that undercoverage means the estimates should be interpreted with a degree of caution.

Description of the methods used to produce the estimates are contained in the technical note in this product.”

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Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010-11: an analysis by remoteness and disease – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – 23 August 2013

Posted on August 30, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics | Tags: |

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010-11: an analysis by remoteness and disease – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – 23 August 2013

“This report provides a detailed analysis of health expenditure for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in 2010-11. Estimates are disaggregated at the regional level, as well as for specific disease and injury groups. For selected services, expenditure increased with remoteness for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The disease groups that accounted for the highest proportion of admitted patient expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were genitourinary diseases ($195 million or 11% of Indigenous admitted patient expenditure), which includes the cost of dialysis treatment.”

ISSN 13235850; ISBN 9781742494739; Cat. no. HWE 58; 32pp.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012: detail analysis – AIHW – 16 July 2013

Posted on July 24, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Status | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012: detail analysis – AIHW – 16 July 2013

“This report provides the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are faring according to a range of indicators on health status, determinants of health and health system performance that are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. It highlights the main areas of improvement and continuing concern. For example, while death rates for avoidable causes and circulatory diseases have declined since 1997, more than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers smoke during pregnancy and about one-quarter of Indigenous Australians aged 15 and over live in overcrowded housing.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-436-4; Cat. no. IHW 94; 2220pp

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 – 2023 – released 23 July 2013

Posted on July 23, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, National Health Strategies | Tags: , |

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 – 2023 – released 23 July 2013

Media release: New Health Plan to Help Close the Gap

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Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada – Health Council of Canada – May 2013

Posted on May 29, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Primary Hlth Care, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada – Health Council of Canada – May 2013

“In Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada, the Health Council reports on the progress made by jurisdictions in five priority areas of the health accords:

access and wait times;
primary health care reform and electronic health records;
pharmaceuticals management;
disease prevention, health promotion and public health; and
Aboriginal health”

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Report on Government Services 2013: Indigenous Compendium – Productivity Commission – 19 April 2013

Posted on April 26, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Report on Government Services 2013: Indigenous Compendium – Productivity Commission – 19 April 2013

Produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

Part E Health sector

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Demonstration projects for improving sexual health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: evaluation report – AIHW – 18 April 2013

Posted on April 19, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

Demonstration projects for improving sexual health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: evaluation report – AIHW – 18 April 2013

“The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health funded six demonstration projects aimed at improving the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people over 3 years. An evaluation of the projects by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and identified that successful sexual health programs consulted a broad range of stakeholders; engaged and developed partnerships with the community, organisations and services; were culturally appropriate and flexible in their design, delivery and implementation; and had staff who were respected by the community.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-394-7; Cat. no. IHW 81; 69pp

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Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010-11 – AIHW – 28 March 2013

Posted on April 2, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Informatics | Tags: |

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010-11 – AIHW – 28 March 2013

“In 2010-11, health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $4.6 billion, or 3.7% of Australia¿s total recurrent health expenditure. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population comprised 2.5% of the Australian population at this time. Expenditure equated to $7,995 per Indigenous person, which was 1.47 times greater than the $5,437 spent per non-Indigenous Australian in the same year. Governments funded 91.4% of health expenditure for Indigenous people, compared with 68.1% for non-Indigenous people.”

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-415-9; Cat. no. HWE 57; 60pp

Media release: Spending on Indigenous health reaches $4.6 billion

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report – AIHW – 25 March 2013

Posted on March 27, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , , |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: Western Australia – AIHW – 25 March 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: NSW – AIHW – 25 March 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: Qld – AIHW – 25 March 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: SA – AIHW – 25 March 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: Vic – AIHW – 25 March 2013

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: Queensland – AIHW – 25 March 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , |

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report: Queensland – AIHW – 25 March 2013

“This report provides the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland are faring according to a range of indicators on health status, determinants of health and health system performance. Indicators are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. The report highlights the main areas of improvement and continuing. For example, while death rates for avoidable causes and circulatory diseases have declined since 2001, just over half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers smoke during pregnancy and there has been no improvement in incidence rates of treated end-stage renal disease in recent years.”

 

ISBN 978-1-74249-409-8; Cat. no. IHW 85; 300pp

 

ABC media report on this: Indigenous health report sparks calls for funding overhaul 26 March 2013

 

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Population and public health ethics: cases from research, policy and practice – University of Toronto – February 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Population and public health ethics: cases from research, policy and practice – University of Toronto – February 2013

“This book brings together 16 cases of ethical issues encountered across a range of public health issues and sectors and presents accompanying analyses by leading experts in public health ethics.”

Press release from the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health [Canada] – 28 February 2013

“The NCCAH co-author two cases studies: ‘First Nations Drinking Water Policies’ and ‘Health Inequities in First Nations Communities and Canada’s Response to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic’.”

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Rheumatic heart disease and acute rheumatic fever in Australia: 1996-2011 – AIHW – 20 March 2013

Posted on March 20, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Rheumatic heart disease and acute rheumatic fever in Australia: 1996-2011 – AIHW – 20 March 2013

“This report examines and presents a range of data on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia. It shows that ARF now occurs almost exclusively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and that the prevalence of RHD is much higher among Indigenous people than other Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also considerably more likely to be hospitalised with ARF or RHD, and to die from RHD.”

ISSN 1323-9236; ISBN 978-1-74249-407-4; Cat. no. CVD 60; 60pp

Media release: Rates of acute rheumatic fever remain high for Indigenous Australians

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Starting to Smoke: Experiences of Indigenous Youth – Lowitja Institute – 2013

Posted on March 18, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , |

Starting to Smoke: Experiences of Indigenous Youth – Lowitja Institute – 2013

Vanessa Johnston, David Thomas, Darren Westphal & Cyan Earnshaw

“This report sets out the background, research design, findings and conclusions of the ‘Starting to Smoke’ project. The aim of the project was to explore the determinants of smoking among Indigenous young people with a particular emphasis on the social and cultural processes that underlie tobacco use patterns among this group. This project was undertaken in the Northern Territory and involved two sites: one in Darwin and one in a remote community in Arnhem Land.”

 

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The wellbeing of young Australians: technical report – Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – March 2013

Posted on March 15, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , |

The wellbeing of young Australians: technical report – Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – March 2013

ISBN 978-1-921352-40-9

Extract:

“The ARACY Report Card is unique, because it compares indicators of wellbeing for children and young people (aged 0–24 years) for the total Australian population, the Indigenous Australian population and international comparators. This comparison provides an international ‘barometer’ of the health and wellbeing of children and young people that can be used to guide policy direction in Australia.

The ARACY Report Card indicates Australia’s strengths and weaknesses, and points to areas where policies are required to improve outcomes for children and young people.”

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Healthy for life: results for July 2007-June 2011 – AIHW – 1 March 2013

Posted on March 1, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , |

Healthy for life: results for July 2007-June 2011 – AIHW – 1 March 2013

“This is the first publicly released Healthy for Life report published since data collection and reporting began in 2007. Some key findings are that the average birthweight of babies at Healthy for Life services increased from 3,015 to 3,131 grams between the reporting periods ending in June 2008 and June 2011. Over the same period, the proportion of clients who had health assessments increased from 11.7% to 15.2% for those aged 15-54 and from 14.7% to 20.7% for those aged 55 and over. For clients aged 0-14, the proportion who had health assessments decreased slightly from 15.9% to 13.8%.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-403-6; Cat. no. IHW 84; 130pp

Positive findings in some areas of Indigenous health: media release – AIHW – 1 March 2013

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Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care – Health Council of Canada – 11 December 2012

Posted on January 3, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care – Health Council of Canada – 11 December 2012

“This report highlights some of the barriers to Aboriginal people seeking health care services within mainstream health care settings and describes key practices that are contributing to positive change.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework – Australian Dept of Health and Ageing – December 2012 report

Posted on December 12, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework – Australian Dept of Health and Ageing – December 2012 report

“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework monitors progress in closing the gap in Indigenous Australian health outcomes, health system performance and broader determinants of health.”

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‘It’s been a long hard fight for me’: The Stolen Generations and Narratives of Poor Health in Australia 1883-2009 – 2012

Posted on October 30, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

‘It’s been a long hard fight for me’: The Stolen Generations and Narratives of Poor Health in Australia 1883-2009 – 2012

A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts at the University of Waikato by Lisa Vicki Campbell

“this thesis takes a thematic approach in order to demonstrate how nineteenth- and twentieth-century Australian government policies have influenced the health of Indigenous Australians today. The four key themes investigated are alienation, mental illness, alcohol abuse, and crime.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting – key results – AIHW – 4 October 2012

Posted on October 16, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting – key results – AIHW – 4 October 2012

“This is the third national report on health services provided by Aboriginal community controlled and non-community controlled health organisations, and funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. In 2010-11: – primary health care services provided 2.5 million episodes of care to about 428,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, a 4% increase from 2009-10 – substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 28,600 clients, a 9% increase from 2009-10 – Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services were accessed by about 11,800 clients, an increase of about 10% from 2009-10.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-354-1; Cat. no. IHW 79; 120pp

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting – key results – AIHW – 4 October 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting – key results – AIHW – 4 October 2012

“This is the third national report on health services provided by Aboriginal community controlled and non-community controlled health organisations, and funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. In 2010-11: – primary health care services provided 2.5 million episodes of care to about 428,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, a 4% increase from 2009-10 – substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 28,600 clients, a 9% increase from 2009-10 – Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services were accessed by about 11,800 clients, an increase of about 10% from 2009-10.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-354-1; Cat. no. IHW 79; 120pp

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan – NATSIHP – discussion paper released – 11 September 2012

Posted on September 11, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan – NATSIHP – discussion paper released – 11 September 2012

“A discussion paper is being released today for input to a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP).”

… continues

“The Australian Government is developing a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (the Health Plan) in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their representatives. State and territory

The Health Plan will support the Government’s efforts to close the gap in life expectancy and infant mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the broader population. It will recognise that health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is not just the physical wellbeing of the individual, but also encompasses their social, emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.

To develop a comprehensive plan in partnership, the Australian Government is holding a series of nation-wide community consultations and conducting an online submissions process to capture different views and ideas. To provide context and guidance for the consultations and submissions process, the Department has developed a Discussion Paper which seeks responses to a range of questions to help shape the development of the Health Plan.”

… continues

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The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work – University of Sydney – 11 September 2012

Posted on September 11, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. |

The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work – University of Sydney – 11 September 2012

“It has to fit in the glove box and you shouldn’t need a medical degree to make sense of it. It needs to be practical and useful to someone working in Cape York or in Adelaide. I’d like it to help me work with families, the community and keep track of the latest sleeping pills, inhalants or illegal drugs as well as the latest treatments.

In response to such requests, and in a first for Australia, a handbook written with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals has answered the call for a comprehensive resource to help clinicians address alcohol and drug issues.

The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work, publicly launched yesterday by the Governor of NSW and Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, is written specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals.

“Workers in the field told us that they needed an easy-to-use handbook to help them meet the challenges they face every day,” said Professor Kate Conigrave, a specialist in addiction medicine at Sydney Medical School and a senior editor of the handbook.

“Clinicians in the alcohol and drug field are helping people with a mix of social, physical and mental health issues, as well as with alcohol or drugs. So the same person who may suffer from alcohol withdrawal seizures may also need treatment for viral hepatitis, treatment for mental health problems because of past traumas, and may urgently need secure and safe housing.”

“The clinician is trying to make all of this happen as well as supporting the person to stay away from alcohol. And all the time treatments for alcohol and drug problems are improving and changing, so clinicians need to stay up to date.”

The book was created in partnership between the University of Sydney and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies and health professionals. Four of the six editors are Aboriginal. All editors bring together decades of combined experience in working in urban and remote areas.”

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Indigenous Expenditure Report 2012 – FlagPost – 5 September 2012

Posted on September 7, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics |

Indigenous Expenditure Report 2012 – FlagPost – 5 September 2012

“The just released 2012 Indigenous Expenditure Report estimates expenditure by all levels of Government on services to Indigenous Australians. It is the second in a series (the first being released in 2010) which examines inputs into Indigenous service delivery and which is intended to complement the longer running Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage reports which examine outcomes in this same area. Both reports are currently produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision.”

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Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work – University of Sydney – launched 7 June 2012

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. |

Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work – University of Sydney – launched 7 June 2012

Media release

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Indigenous Early Childhood Development. New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services – Auditor-General Audit Report – 29 May 2012

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics |

Indigenous Early Childhood Development. New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services – Auditor-General Audit Report – 29 May 2012

ISSN 1036–7632    ISBN 0 654 81242 X

Media release: A Better Start for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Babies and Children

“A report released today by the Australian National Audit office (ANAO) has confirmed that the New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services program is being effectively administered to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their children.”

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National Guide to a Preventive Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 2nd ed – launched 31 May 2012

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Preventive Healthcare |

National Guide to a Preventive Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 2nd ed – launched 31 May 2012

National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People   ISBN: 978-0-86906-341-5

“The review and updating of the first (2005) edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (‘National Guide’) was a joint initiative of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. The National Guide is a practical resource intended for all health professionals delivering primary healthcare to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Its purpose is to provide GPs and other health professionals with an accessible, user-friendly guide to best practice in preventive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

This second edition of the National Guide comprises:

the National Guide, which contains evidence statements, recommendations, risk calculation tables and an outline of the development of the guide
the evidence base: the collection of evidence underpinning the guide and recommendations (electronic only) (see the Methodology section ‘Searching the evidence base and drafting recommendations’)
a child and adult lifecycle summary wall chart listing activities recommended at each age group.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Audit Report 2012 – AMA – 26 May 2012

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Audit Report 2012 – AMA – 26 May 2012

“After ten years of annual AMA Report Cards on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, the AMA has produced an “Audit Report” that tracks government activity in the light of the AMA’s Report Card recommendations in the key areas of:

provision of primary health care to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders commensurate with their level of need;
the availability of a skilled health and medical workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health;
the provision of high quality and best-practice primary care, including support for the Aboriginal community controlled sector;
how well the risk factors and social determinants of poor health have been tackled, and
how well governments have performed in engaging Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders in genuine partnership in the planning and implementation of policy and programs.”

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Managing Two Worlds Together: Stage 2—Patient Journey Mapping Tools – The Lowitja Institute – May 2012

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Patient Journey | Tags: |

Managing Two Worlds Together: Stage 2—Patient Journey Mapping Tools – The Lowitja Institute – May 2012

by J. Kelly, J. Dwyer, B. Pekarsky, T. Mackean, E. Willis, M, Battersby & J. Glover

ISBN 978-1-921889-19-6

“The Managing Two Worlds Together project aims to add to existing knowledge of what works well and what needs improvement in the system of care for Aboriginal patients from rural and remote areas of South Australia (and parts of the Northern Territory). It explores their complex patient journeys and what happens when they come to Adelaide for hospital care.

Stage 2 focuses on solutions and consists of a small set of action research projects. The patient journey mapping tools are the first output of Stage 2. This project has focused on the specific needs and journeys of country Aboriginal patients in South Australia.”

Managing Two Worlds Together project page (Flinders University website)

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Building a Legal Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – March 2012

Posted on April 16, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , |

Building a Legal Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – March 2012

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The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision – University of Melbourne, School of Population Health, Indigenous Eye Health Unit – 23 February 2012

Posted on April 16, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Ophthalmology | Tags: |

The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision – University of Melbourne, School of Population Health, Indigenous Eye Health Unit – 23 February 2012

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Charlatan Training: How Aboriginal Health Workers Are Being Short-changed – Centre for Independent Studies – 21 March 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Workforce | Tags: |

Charlatan Training: How Aboriginal Health Workers Are Being Short-changed – Centre for Independent Studies – 21 March 2012

Sara Hudson

“Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have been short changed. They have not only been provided with charlatan training but also sold a charlatan role. The amount of training they receive does not match the level of responsibility expected of them, and there are few opportunities for promotion within the profession. Overall, AHWs receive the lowest pay among community service and health occupations but are assumed to be able to deal with some of the country’s most intractable health problems.

Sara Hudson is a Research Fellow in the Indigenous Affairs Research Program at The Centre for Independent Studies. Her research focuses on issues affecting Indigenous Australians, including the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program, Indigenous homeownership, lack of accountability in Indigenous health, remote Indigenous stores, and alcohol restrictions. Before joining CIS, Sara worked as a policy adviser for the NZ Department of Labour, and in the Evaluation Unit of NZ Police. She has a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours in criminology and anthropology from Victoria University, Wellington. “

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New national standards now published for Indigenous Health Workers – 16 January 2012

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Workforce |

New national standards now published for Indigenous Health Workers – 16 January 2012

“Indigenous Health Workers can now find out exactly what is required of them in order to meet the new national standards for their profession.

The standards were published by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia on 16 January 2012.

From July 1 2012, the standards will apply to any person in Australia who wishes to be known, or whose employer wishes them to be known, as one of the following:

an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
an Aboriginal Health Practitioner
a Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.

These job titles are now ‘protected’, and cannot be used by people who don’t meet the national standards.

Health workers who are not required by their employer to use these protected titles will not be required to be registered, and will be able to keep working using their existing titles (e.g. Aboriginal Health Worker, Drug and Alcohol Worker and Mental Health Worker).

The new standards set out what is required of workers in terms of professional development, criminal history, English language skills, professional indemnity insurance and recency of practice.”

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Caring for people who sniff petrol or other volatile substances: a quick reference guide for health workers – NHMRC – September 2011

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. | Tags: , |

Caring for people who sniff petrol or other volatile substances: a quick reference guide for health workers – NHMRC – September 2011

ISBN Print: 1864965223  ISBN Online: 1864965231

“This quick reference guide contains information about how to care for people who deliberately become intoxicated by inhaling vapours from solvents, gases or aerosols (often called sniffing, bagging, huffing or chroming). People sniff for different reasons, just as people get drunk for different reasons. Sniffable products include petrol, paint stripper and other products used in building and plumbing, glue, nail polish remover, fuel gas, lighter fluid, spray paint and other spray cans.

This guide is a summary of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) consensus-based clinical practice guideline for the management of volatile substance use in Australia (‘full guideline’).1 It is designed for quick reference by general practitioners, nurses, Aboriginal health workers, alcohol and other drug workers, and allied health professionals. Use the full guideline if you need more detailed information.

The clinical guideline provides mainly consensus-based recommendations, because there is not enough high-level evidence to make evidence-based recommendations. The guideline also provides practice points on some additional topics that were not included in the clinical questions answered by the guideline.”

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Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2011 – Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – 2011

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2011 – Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – 2011

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B. Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

ISBN 0-9580963-1-7

“Preface
This overview has been prepared by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet as a part of our efforts to contribute to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Indigenous people and other Australians by making relevant, high quality knowledge and information easily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

The main purpose of the overview is to provide a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Indigenous people. It is beyond the scope of the overview to analyse trends in the various indicators, so it tends to draw attention to the health status of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The overview doesn’t attempt to review other aspects, such as the availability and use of services (including barriers to their use) and strategies and policies related to specific health topics. Readers interested in these aspects should refer to the topic-specific reviews that are available on the HealthInfoNet’s website. It is important to  acknowledge that some improvements have occurred in Indigenous health status – a brief summary of improvements is provided in the section entitled ‘Concluding comments’.”

… continues on the site

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Capacity Development for Indigenous Service Delivery – Australian National Audit Office – 9 February 2012

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

Capacity Development for Indigenous Service Delivery – Australian National Audit Office – 9 February 2012

“Department:  Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Department of Health and Ageing

The objective of the audit was to assess the extent to which FaHCSIA, DEEWR and DoHA seek to reduce service delivery risks posed by capacity constraints in Indigenous organisations.”

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Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2012 Tabled in Parliament 15 February 2012

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report 2012  Tabled in Parliament 15 February 2012

“The Prime Minister reports annually on progress in Closing the Gap. This is the fourth annual report, tabled in Parliament on 15 February 2012.”

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Chronic Condition Management Strategies in Aboriginal Communities: Final Report 2011 – Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia – published 2012

Posted on February 13, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt |

Chronic Condition Management Strategies in Aboriginal Communities: Final Report 2011 – Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia – published 2012

I. Kowanko, Y.Helps, P. Harvey, M. Battersby, B. McCurry, R. Carbine, J. Boyd & O. Abdulla
ISBN Paperback: 978-0-646-56686-3 Online: 978-0-646-56687-0

“This is the final report of a project called ‘Chronic Condition Management Strategies in Aboriginal Communities’ conducted during 2008-2011. The goal was to evaluate, and where possible develop and demonstrate effective and transferable chronic condition management strategies, and to generate research evidence about their processes, impacts and health outcomes.”

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Legally Invisible — How Australian Laws Impede Stewardship and Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – November 2011

Posted on January 16, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Legally Invisible — How Australian Laws Impede Stewardship and Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – November 2011

Discussion Paper by Genevieve Howse
ISBN 978-1-921889-17-2

“This paper explains the options available for Australian governments to articulate and allocate responsibilities for the health and health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in an enduring, reliable form. It was commissioned by the Lowitja Institute – Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research in response to widespread recognition of problems in the policy and administrative arrangements for health and health care for Australia’s First Peoples, including lack of clarity about the responsibilities of governments at various levels.”

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Ear and hearing health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory – AIHW – 10 November 2011

Posted on November 11, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Otorhinolaryngology | Tags: |

Ear and hearing health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory – AIHW – 10 November 2011

“This report presents findings from the audiology and Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) follow-up services provided to children in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory as part of the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement. Between August 2007 and May 2011, 7,421 audiology and 3,838 ENT services were provided to 4,993 and 2,670 children respectively. About 66% were diagnosed with at least one type of middle ear condition, and of children who were tested, 11% had moderate, severe or profound hearing impairment.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-226-1; Cat. no. IHW 60; 53pp

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Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008-09: an analysis by remoteness and disease – AIHW – 2 November 2011

Posted on November 2, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics, Rural Remote Health | Tags: |

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008-09: an analysis by remoteness and disease – AIHW – 2 November 2011

“In 2008-09, health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people varied across remoteness areas, service types and disease groupings. The greatest difference in expenditure between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was in Remote and very remote areas where, for every dollar spent per non-Indigenous Australian, $2.41 was spent per Indigenous Australian. Expenditure on genitourinary diseases, and mental and behavioural disorders, accounted for the highest proportions of admitted patient expenditure for Indigenous Australians (11% and 10% respectively). Additional analysis has been undertaken in the 2008-09 report to include expenditure on potentially preventable hospitalisations.”

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-220-9; Cat. no. HWE 54; 30pp

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report 2009-10: OATSIH Services Reporting – key results – AIHW – 25 October 2011

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report 2009-10: OATSIH Services Reporting – key results – AIHW – 25 October 2011

“In 2009-10, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: * primary health care services provided 2.4 million episodes of health care to about 456,000 clients, a 14% increase in episodes of care, and a 22% increase in the number of clients reported compared with 2008-09. * substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 26,300 clients, an increase of 14% compared with 2008-09. * Bringing Them Home and Link Up services provided counselling to about 10,700 clients, an increase of about 27% compared with 2008-09.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-200-1; Cat. no. IHW 56; 126pp

Media release

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Principles on the use of direct age-standardisation in administrative data collections: for measuring the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians – AIHW – 7 October 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Research | Tags: |

Principles on the use of direct age-standardisation in administrative data collections: for measuring the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians – AIHW – 7 October 2011

“This report recommends that the direct method of age-standardisation be used for purposes of comparing health and welfare outcome measures (e.g. mortality rates, life expectancy, hospital separation rates, disease incidence rates etc.) of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and non-Indigenous Australians. The report provides consistency and guidance on when and how to use the direct age-standardisation method and under what circumstances it should not be used.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-214-8; Cat. no. CSI 12; 25pp

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Modelling Potential Impact of Improved Survival of Indigenous Australians on Work-Life Labour Income Gap Between Indigenous and Average Australians – NATSEM, University of Canberra – September 2011

Posted on October 17, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Modelling Potential Impact of Improved Survival of Indigenous Australians on Work-Life Labour Income Gap Between Indigenous and Average Australians – NATSEM, University of Canberra – September 2011

“Abstract
This study compares work-life labour income of Indigenous and average Australians and assesses potential impact of bridging mortality gaps on their work-life earning gaps using a life-table model which took account of the survival, employment and income trajectories from 25 to 64 years. Age-specific employment and average annual income data were derived from the 2006 Census for three educational groups: certificate or higher levels of education, Year 12, and less than Year 12 education. Results show that depending on educational qualifications, work-life labour income of Indigenous people is likely to be just over two-fifths to about two-thirds of work-life labour income of average Australians. If Indigenous Australians were to have the same level of survival as to average Australians, the work-life labour income gap would narrow by about four to seven percentage points. Bridging the adult mortality gap alone has only a small impact on bridging economic gaps persisting between Indigenous and other Australians.”

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Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011 – Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – June 2011

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011 – Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – June 2011

Stumpers S, Thomson N, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Urquhart B. Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011.  ISBN 0-9580963-1-7

 

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An Exploratory Analysis of the Longitudinal Survey of Indigenous Children – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU – 2011

Posted on September 29, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status |

An Exploratory Analysis of the Longitudinal Survey of Indigenous Children – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU – 2011

ISSN: 1442 3871      ISBN: 0 7315 4976 7

“Abstract
The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) or Footprints in Time is the first large-scale longitudinal survey in Australia to focus on the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) children. The analysis presented in this paper is structured around six research questions using the LSIC: the size and composition of Indigenous children’s families and households; how key measures of parental wellbeing are associated with family and household structure and how they change through time; the factors associated with different types of early childhood education attendance; how household characteristics vary across the sample and how they change through time; how self-reported measures of the quality of the community in which a person lives compare with other neighbourhood-level indicators; and how migration is related to self-reported measures of the community and other area-level characteristics. The conclusions from the analysis in this paper are but a small subset of the insights that will emerge from analysis of the LSIC as more researchers make use of it and a greater number of waves and variables become available. Ultimately, in addition to ethically conducted randomised controlled trials, longitudinal databases are arguably the most effective source of data for designing evidence-based policy. One of the greatest contributions of the LSIC (and this paper) may be to demonstrate the feasibility and desirability of having such evidence for all Indigenous Australians, not just children.”

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Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 16 September 2011

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Nephrology | Tags: |

Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 16 September 2011

“This report presents the first detailed analysis of chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how it compares to non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians have a greater burden of disease for many health conditions, and chronic kidney disease is no exception. Indigenous Australians were found to be more likely to have end-stage kidney disease, and be hospitalised or die with chronic kidney disease than non-Indigenous Australians.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-203-2; Cat. no. PHE 151; 74pp

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2010 Indigenous Expenditure Report Supplement to Australian Government Expenditure by State and Territory – Productivity Commission – 2011

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics | Tags: , |

 

2010 Indigenous Expenditure Report Supplement to Australian Government Expenditure by State and Territory – Productivity Commission – 2011

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

 

“This supplement extends the methods and data used in the Indigenous Expenditure Report to estimate Australian Government ‘own purpose’ expenditure on services to Indigenous Australians by state and territory.

 

The first Indigenous Expenditure Report — commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments and developed under the auspice of the Ministerial Council for Federal Financial Relations — was publicly released on 28 February 2011. It provided, for the first time, comprehensive and comparable information on expenditure by the Australian, State and Territory Governments on both Indigenous specific services and the estimated Indigenous share of mainstream services. However, at the time of its publication, it was not possible to allocate Australian Government direct expenditure to individual states and territories. This  supplement provides that allocation, and thus also enables the estimation of the total government resources committed in each state and territory.”

 

 

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Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group Community Storybook 2011 – Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia – August 2011

Posted on September 20, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt |

Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group Community Storybook 2011 – Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia – August 2011

by Yvonne Helps, Inge Kowanko
ISBN Paperback: 978-0-7258-0782-5 Online: 978-0-7258-0783-2

“This Community Storybook celebrates the Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group, and shows how Aboriginal people from the Riverland in country South Australia are taking an active part in managing their long-term illnesses in partnership with health professionals. It tells how and why the group was formed, some achievements and bene!ts to date, and several stories and tips from individual members. It also describes how the Riverland Community Health Service is involved, some related activities in the region and how this work !ts into a larger research project about chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities. We hope this Community Storybook inspires and encourages Aboriginal people to take control of their health, and to live well despite their health challenges.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report – Department of Health and Ageing – 2011 – August 2011

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Status |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report – Department of Health and Ageing – 2011 – August 2011

ISBN: 978-1-74241-525-3
Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-526-0

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, 2011, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance
Framework Report 2010, AHMAC, Canberra.

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“A whispered sort of stuff”. A community report on research around Aboriginal people’s beliefs about cancer and experiences of cancer care in Western Australia – Cancer Council Western Australia – 2011

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Oncology |

“A whispered sort of stuff”. A community report on research around Aboriginal people’s beliefs about cancer and experiences of cancer care in Western Australia – Cancer Council Western Australia – 2011

Sandra C Thompson, Shaouli Shahid, Heath S Greville, Dawn Bessarab
ISBN 1 876628 50 2

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Live Longer! Community Health Action Pack: A Practical Guide to Health Promotion Planning with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion |

Live Longer! Community Health Action Pack: A Practical Guide to Health Promotion Planning with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

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Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2011 – Productivity Commission – released 25 August 2011

Posted on August 31, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2011 – Productivity Commission – released 25 August 2011

“In April 2002, the Council of Australian Governments commissioned the Steering Committee to produce a regular report against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. This report has an important long-term objective. It is to inform Australian governments about whether policies and programs are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous people. This will help guide where further work is needed.”

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Modelling crowding in Aboriginal Australia – Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute – August 2011

Posted on August 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Modelling crowding in Aboriginal Australia – Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute – August 2011

authored by: Paul Memmott, Christina Birdsall-Jones, Carroll Go-Sam, Kelly Greenop, Vanessa Corunna
for the: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Queensland Research Centre

“Summary
Recent AHURI research (see Project 80368) reveals that Indigenous household overcrowding has a dual nature. On the one hand, overcrowding may occur when there is no way of allocating sleeping space without placing a person in situations that compromise the need for respect among kin. On the other hand, overcrowding might also occur where householders have chosen a lifestyle of substance abuse and the overcrowding results from the failure of rule-governed behaviour. These definitions of overcrowding are very different from the density model typically used by Australian public housing providers.

This research project will seek to critically examine existing models of household overcrowding reported in the literature nationally and internationally in order to provide policy makers with ways to predict, measure and manage Aboriginal household overcrowding. In order to do this, a model of overcrowding will be developed and tested in non-remote settings, and in so doing uncover the salient dimensions and properties of Aboriginal overcrowding. Fieldwork will occur in selected capital cities and regional cities, and across public rental, private rental and home-owner households to see how different tenures impact on distinctly Aboriginal rule-governed behaviours and coping mechanisms.”

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Taking Care of Business: Corporate Services for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services – Overview Report, a Summary Report and Case Studies – Lowitja Institute – August 2011

Posted on August 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

Taking Care of Business: Corporate Services for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services – Overview Report, a Summary Report and Case Studies – Lowitja Institute – August 2011

These reports are products of the Support Systems Project, which focused on corporate support for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). The project will also produce a web tool, which will be available soon.

The Overview Report highlights the capacity of the ACCHS sector to develop innovative solutions to difficult issues while working in a quickly changing environment.  It was written by Kate Silburn, Alister Thorpe and Ian Anderson. A four page Summary Report is also available.

The Case Studies focuses specifically on existing models for sharing corporate services and highlights the different ways those working in the sector have developed strategies for addressing their specific needs.  They were written by Kate Silburn, Alister Thorpe and Ian Anderson with Bila Muuji Health Services Incorporated, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Katherine West Health Board, and Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.

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Genetic Research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Beginning the Conversation – August 2011

Posted on August 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Genomics, Research | Tags: |

Genetic Research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Beginning the Conversation – August 2011

by Emma Kowal, Lobna Rouhani, & Ian Anderson

“This discussion paper is the outcome of the first ever national discussion of the conduct of genetic research in Indigenous communities in Australia convened by the Lowitja Institute in 2010. It reviews the ethical issues relevant to genetic research in an Australian Indigenous context; existing guidelines for genetic research in indigenous communities internationally; and literature on genetic literacy in Indigenous contexts. Finally, the discussion paper presents a summary of the productive and challenging conversations at the roundtable.”

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Indigenous Observatory – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Posted on August 10, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Indigenous Observatory – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 

“Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare statistics observatory.

The AIHW Indigenous observatory is a new repository of information on the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The observatory homepage will feature key reports, information updates, and links to other important websites.

A key product of the observatory is the report The health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, an overview 2011, which draws extensively on the AIHW and ABS data collections. The report provides relevant and interesting information on Indigenous health and welfare. The format is highly visual and easy to read, and the report is also available in hard copy.

In addition the observatory initially contains a range of observatory papers covering a very interesting array of topics that are highly relevant to the current debates. The topics of the papers include:

•Child safety
•Disability
•Access to health services
•Homelessness
•International comparisons of life expectancy
•Contribution of chronic disease to the mortality gap
•Eye health
•Life expectancy
•Older people

Each paper includes a summary page, presenting the most important or interesting messages, with the full report also available for download. The collection will be added to and updated in ‘real time’, as new papers are completed. It will be a valuable information and statistical resource.

The AIHW observatory complements the ABS Indigenous data collections. Between them both, readers can access a comprehensive statistical overview of Indigenous health and welfare.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework – 2010 Report – released July 2011

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Status |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework – 2010 Report – released July 2011

“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework monitors progress in closing the gap in Indigenous Australian health outcomes, health system performance and broader determinants of health.”

ISBN: 978-1-74241-525-3
Online ISBN: 978-1-74241-526-0

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, 2011, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Report 2010, AHMAC, Canberra.

Extract from the executive summary:

“This is the third report against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF). The first report, published in 2006, was developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council to provide the basis for measuring the impact of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSFATSIH).

The HPF is designed to inform policy analysis, planning and program information to support the goal of the NSFATSIH which is to ensure ‘that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy a healthy life equal to that of the general population that is enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice.’ Results from this report can be used to review current  commitments and guide further comprehensive and coordinated effort to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

The HPF monitors progress in closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes, health system performance and broader determinants of health. Health systems comprise all the organisations, resources and activities whose primary purpose is to improve health. Governments, through their stewardship role in policy, planning and program delivery, have a key role to play in defining vision and direction as well as exerting influence and measuring performance. The HPF comprises three tiers:”

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Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies – June 2011

Posted on July 12, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Research | Tags: |

Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies – June 2011

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Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice – ebook – July 2010

Posted on July 12, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice – ebook – July 2010
Edited by Nola Purdie, Pat Dudgeon and Roz Walker

“It was developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Kulunga Research Network, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research with funding through the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The book offers a high quality, comprehensive examination of issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.”

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2071.0 – Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, July 2011 – ABS – 5 July 2011

Posted on July 7, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

2071.0 – Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, July 2011 – ABS – 5 July 2011

“One hundred years of working on the Census
This article focuses on the history of Census collectors and other Census workers.
  
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Census of Population and Housing after the 1967 Referendum
This article provides a brief overview of some of the changes in the way Census data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been collected.”

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Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008-09 – AIHW – 24 Jun 2011

Posted on June 24, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008-09 – AIHW – 24 Jun 2011

“In 2008-09, total health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $3,700 million. The average health expenditure per person for Indigenous Australians was $6,787, compared with $4,876 for each non-Indigenous Australian. Correspondingly, the Indigenous to non-Indigenous per person health expenditure ratio was 1.39. This report, the sixth in the series, again shows that Indigenous Australians are more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to rely on public hospital services. In 2008-09, per person expenditure on public hospital services for Indigenous Australians was more than double that for non-Indigenous Australians – an expenditure ratio of 2.25.”

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-179-0; Cat. no. HWE 53; 66pp

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What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. Key learnings and gaps in the evidence – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – 2011

Posted on June 8, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , |

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. Key learnings and gaps in the evidence – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – 2011

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (AIHW, AIFS) 2011. What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence. Produced for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

ISBN 978-1-74249-151-6

Appendix B: Summary of assessed items

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Evaluation of the Community Stores Licensing Program – Final report – May 2011

Posted on May 27, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Dietetics |

Evaluation of the Community Stores Licensing Program – Final report – May 2011 

“The Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA) was commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to conduct an evaluation of the Community Stores Licensing Program. The final report has now been released.”

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Housing and homelessness services: access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 13 May 2011

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Housing and homelessness services: access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 13 May 2011

“The rate of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is four times that of non-Indigenous Australians. Homeless Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians. The rate of home ownership for Indigenous households was about a third compared to two-thirds for non-Indigenous households. Indigenous households were ten times more likely to be living in overcrowded conditions compared to non-Indigenous households.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-140-0; Cat. no. HOU 237; 124pp

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A profile of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

A profile of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011
 
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had four times the rate of homelessness compared to other Australians (191 per 10,000 compared with 49 per 10,000 in the 2006 Census). Homeless Indigenous Australians were more likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians (27% compared with 15%). Indigenous people are overrepresented as clients of specialist homelessness services – while 2.5% of Australians were Indigenous, and 9% of homeless Australians were Indigenous, about 17% of people assisted by specialist homelessness services in 2008-09 were Indigenous

ISBN 978-1-74249-139-4 ; Cat. no. IHW 43; 36p          Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Access to health and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

Access to health and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Indigenous Australians) typically die at much younger ages than other Australians and are more likely to experience disability and reduced quality of life because of ill health. One important contributor to health and wellbeing is access to health services. This paper examines Indigenous Australians’ use of a range of health services, including those that provide preventive, primary and community health, hospital or specialised care.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-143-1; Cat. no. IHW 46; 34pp          Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety – AIHW – 5 May 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“This paper provides an overview of key measures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety, presenting a range of information relating to child injury and violence; child protection; and juvenile justice. National data show that Indigenous children are over-represented across a range of measures¿for example, Indigenous children were 5 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to experience a hospital separation for assault; 8 times as likely to be the subject of substantiated child abuse or neglect; and 15 times as likely to be under juvenile justice supervision.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-146-2; Cat. no. IHW 50; 20pp        Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability: wellbeing, participation and support – AIHW – 5 May 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Disability | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability: wellbeing, participation and support – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“This report explores the experience of Indigenous people with disability compared with Indigenous people without disability and all Australians with similar severity of disability. It addresses how they are faring in terms of five key areas reflecting aspects of participation in the context of prevalence rates. Indigenous people in Australia have rates of ill-health and disability substantially higher than other Australians. Census 2006 data suggest that Indigenous people are 2-3 times more likely to need assistance with the core activities of daily living (self-care, communication and mobility) than non-Indigenous people.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-141-7; Cat. no. IHW 45; 36pp      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“This report describes the age and geographic distribution of the older Indigenous population, its particular requirements in terms of aged care and support, and the pattern of usage of these services. At the 2006 Census, there were approximately 60,000 Indigenous Australians aged 50 years and over, accounting for about 12% of the total Indigenous population. By comparison, 31% of the non-Indigenous population fell into this age group. However, the number of older Indigenous people is growing and estimated at 76,300 in 2011. Older Indigenous people have poorer health and higher rates of disability than other Australians in the same age group

ISBN 978-1-74249-147-9; Cat. no. IHW 44; 22pp    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Comparing life expectancy of indigenous people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States: conceptual, methodological and data issues – AIHW – 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Comparing life expectancy of indigenous people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States: conceptual, methodological and data issues – AIHW – 2011

“Numerous studies have indicated that the gap between indigenous and non indigenous people’s life expectancy in Australia is greater than in New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America (USA). However, difficulties related to concepts, data and methods behind such estimates throw doubt on conclusions drawn from country comparison studies. This report suggests that the uncertainty associated with indigenous life expectancy estimates could be quite large. Consequently, it is difficult to draw conclusions regarding cross-country differences.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-141-7; Cat. no. IHW 47; 48pp    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Eye health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

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Eye health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“Over the age of 40 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have 6 times the rate of blindness of other Australians. 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable. The most common cause of blindness in Indigenous adults was cataract (32%). This paper summarises the findings of the 2008 National Indigenous Eye Health Survey (NIEHS). It reports the overall prevalence of blindness and vision impairment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5 to 15 years and adults over the age of 40 years. The paper also presents some data from the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit, Medicare, hospital data and case studies.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-142-4; Cat. no. IHW 49; 26pp  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Life expectancy and mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

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Life expectancy and mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“Indigenous Australians experience much higher death rates than the non-Indigenous Australians across all age groups and for all major causes of death. In 2004-2008, the age-standardised death rate for Indigenous males was 1.9 times the rate for non-Indigenous males while for Indigenous females it was 2 times the rate of non-Indigenous females. Indigenous life expectancy for 2005-07 was estimated to be 67.2 years for males, 11.5 years lower than for non-Indigenous males, and 72.9 years for females, which was 9.7 years lower than for non-Indigenous females.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-146-2; Cat. no. IHW 51; 30pp   Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians – AIHW – 5 May 2011

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Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“Chronic diseases are major contributors to the mortality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians. About 80% of the mortality gap for people aged 35 to 74 years is due to chronic diseases, measured in terms of potential years of life lost. The major contributors are heart diseases, diabetes, liver diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular diseases and cancer.”  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

ISBN 978-1-74249-144-8; Cat. no. IHW 48; 46pp

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The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011 – AIHW – 5 May 2011

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The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011 – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011 is a summary publication of Indigenous health and welfare statistics prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Together with a series of articles available online from the AIHW Indigenous observatory and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it provides a comprehensive statistical picture of Indigenous health and welfare. Topics covered in the publication include: demographic characteristics; determinants of health and welfare; health and functioning; mortality and life expectancy; health across the life stages; health care and other support services; and health and welfare expenditure.”

ISBN 978 1 74249 148 6; Cat. no. IHW 42; 127pp

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Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services: Six monthly report, September 2010 – March 2011

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services: Six monthly report, September 2010 – March 2011 – Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services – 31 March 2011

Brian Gleeson 2011, Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous
ISSN: 1837-6029
ISBN: 978-1-921647-73–4

“The level of understanding and acceptance of the arrangements to implement the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery, including strategic and place-based governance arrangements, is increasing. With this, we are starting to see changes in the way governments work and importantly progress is being made to improve the lives of Indigenous people living in the 29 priority communities.

This report concentrates on activity at the community level and there has been considerable progress since my first report.”

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Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report – The Lowitja Institute – 2011

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: |

Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report – The Lowitja Institute – 2011

Schierhout, G., Brands, J. & Bailie, R. 2010, Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.   ISBN 978-1-921889-00-4

Extract from the key messages”

“It is well recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have unacceptably high levels of chronic disease, but the concrete actions governments and other stakeholders can take to make a difference to health care processes and outcomes are less clear. The Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension (ABCD) Extension project is a primary health care quality improvement intervention that is based on international best practice in primary health care. It has been developed and implemented in collaboration with peak bodies in the  community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.”

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Report on Government Services 2011: Indigenous Compendium – Productivity Commission – 21 April 2011

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Report on Government Services 2011: Indigenous Compendium – Productivity Commission – 21 April 2011

“This report was released on 21 April 2011. It was produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP). It contains all Indigenous data reported in the Report on Government Services 2011.”

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2010 Indigenous Expenditure Report – Productivity Commission – 28 February 2011

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics | Tags: |

2010 Indigenous Expenditure Report – Productivity Commission – 28 February 2011

“The first Indigenous Expenditure Report was released on 28 February 2011. It contains estimates of the levels and patterns of government expenditure on services relating to Indigenous Australians in 2008-09. An errata (PDF – 19 Kb) has been issued with the report.

The Indigenous Expenditure Report itself makes no assessment of the adequacy of government expenditure. However, the estimates in the report, when combined with other information (such as levels of Indigenous disadvantage) can contribute to a better understanding of the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of government expenditure on services to Indigenous Australians.

The Report was prepared for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) under the auspices of the Ministerial Council for Federal Financial Relations. It was overseen by the Indigenous Expenditure Report Steering Committee, comprising representatives from all Australian, State and Territory Government Treasuries and specialist data agencies, and supported by a Secretariat from the Productivity Commission.”  …continues on the site 

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Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project 2005–2009: Final Report – March 2011

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: |

Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project 2005–2009: Final Report – March 2011
Menzies School of Health Research and The Lowitja Institute 2010

ISBN 978-1-921889-00-4

Schierhout, G., Brands, J. & Bailie, R. 2010, Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.

Key messages

“It is well recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have unacceptably high levels of chronic disease, but the concrete actions governments and other stakeholders can take to make a difference to health care processes and outcomes are less clear. The Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension (ABCD) Extension project is a primary health care quality improvement intervention that is based on international best practice in primary health care. It has been developed and implemented in collaboration with peak bodies in the community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.

With more than 100 health centres around Australia using ABCD tools and processes at its completion, the project demonstrates that a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) intervention can be both acceptable and feasible across diverse health centres providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The project shows that given the right support for such initiatives, substantial improvements in the quality of care and in intermediate health outcomes are attainable.”  …continues

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Closing the Gap – Prime Minister’s Report 2011

Posted on February 9, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Closing the Gap – Prime Minister’s Report 2011

978-1-921647-73-4

“In this third annual report on closing the gap, the Government sets out the progress being made towards reaching the targets to:
• Close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2031.
• Halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five by 2018.
• Ensure access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities by 2013.
• Halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievement for Indigenous children by 2018.
• Halve the gap in Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates for Indigenous young people by 2020.
• Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018.”

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Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 8 February 2011

Posted on February 8, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. | Tags: |

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – AIHW – 8 February 2011

“The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the prevalence of substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the use of services for substance abuse. The report will focus on three main categories of substance that have major health implications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: tobacco smoking, alcohol use and illicit substance use.”

Authored by AIHW.

Published 8 February 2011; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-119-6; AIHW cat. no. IHW 40

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Reducing alcohol and other drug related harm – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – December 2010

Posted on January 28, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. | Tags: , |

Reducing alcohol and other drug related harm – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – December 2010

Resource sheet no. 3 produced for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
Dennis Gray and Edward Wilkes, December 2010

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Anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – January 2011

Posted on January 28, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – January 2011
Resource sheet no. 4

Rowena Ivers
January 2011

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Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2006-07: an analysis by remoteness and disease – AIHW – 8 October 2010

Posted on October 8, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics | Tags: |

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2006-07: an analysis by remoteness and disease – AIHW – 8 October 2010

Health and welfare expenditure series no. 40
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Health expenditure patterns, and the ratios between Indigenous and non-indigenous expenditure, vary by remoteness and by the type of health expenditure. For example, Medicare Benefits Schedule expenditure was lower for Indigenous Australians and decreased with remoteness, but the level of disparity actually decreased with remoteness, from a ratio of 0.58 in major cities to 0.77 in remote areas. Disease grouping that includes diseases where kidney dialysis is a treatment, contributed substantially to health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2006-07, accounting for 10% of total admitted patient expenditure ($112.4 million).

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-067-0; AIHW cat. no. HWE 49; 25pp

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Australian Social Trends – update 29 September 2010

Posted on September 29, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Australian Social Trends – update 29 September 2010

4102.0 – Australian Social Trends, Sep 2010
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/09/2010

Released quarterly, Australian Social Trends presents analysis and commentary on a wide range of social issues.

The September edition includes the following articles:

Parental divorce or death during childhood;
Holidays abroad;
New Zealanders in Australia;
The city and the bush – Indigenous wellbeing across Remoteness Areas;
Older people and the labour market, and;
Australian workers: Education and workplace training.

The September AST release also includes National and State summary indicator sets (as Excel datacubes) for Health and Economic Resources chapters.

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Online Search, Consultation, and Reporting (OSCAR) System – US Indian Health Service

Posted on September 15, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Evidence Based Practice, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Online Search, Consultation, and Reporting (OSCAR) System

“The Indian Health Service (IHS) Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HP/DP), Behavioral Health, and Improving Patient Care (IPC) Programs are creating an inventory of Best (i.e., Evidence-Based) Practice, Promising Practice, Local Effort (BP/PP/LE), Resources, and Policies occurring among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, schools, work sites, health centers/clinics, and hospitals.

The purpose of this inventory is to:

Assist our AI/AN communities with getting the information and health services they need;
Form an IHS database of Best Practices, Promising Practices, Local Efforts, Resources, and Policies that can be easily accessed on the IHS website;
Improve informed consultation with Tribal and Urban programs by facilitating transparency in IHS and IHS supported activities; and,
Highlight the great work that occurs in the field.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Report, 2008-09: OATSIH Services Reporting – Key Results – AIHW – 13 September 2010

Posted on September 14, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Report, 2008-09: OATSIH Services Reporting – Key Results – AIHW – 13 September 2010

The main findings from the 2008-09 OATSIH Services Reporting data collection show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: – primary health care services provided 2.1 million episodes of health care to around 375,000 clients – substance use specific services provided treatment and assistance to address substance use issues to about 23,200 clients – Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services provided counselling to about 8,400 clients.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Published 13 September 2010; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-055-7; AIHW cat. no. IHW 31; 116pp

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Aboriginal People Travelling Well: Community Report, The Lowitja Institute – 30 August 2010

Posted on September 6, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Aboriginal People Travelling Well: Community Report, The Lowitja Institute – 30 August 2010

“The research described in this report focuses on the interaction between access to safe transport and the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in several distinct South Australian Aboriginal communities (urban, regional and remote). It draws on the fragmented literature and, through interviews and focus groups with Aboriginal people and their service providers, starts to develop a coherent view of the issues and possible responses.”

Download report: Helps, Y., Moodie, D. & Warman, G. 2010, Aboriginal People Travelling Well: Community Report, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.

More information: Aboriginal People Travelling Well project.

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Improving the Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Mainstream General Practice – The Lowitja Institute – August 2010

Posted on September 6, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, General Practice, Health Informatics | Tags: |

Kelaher, M., Parry, A., Day, S., Paradies, Y., Lawlor, J. & Solomon, L. 2010, Improving the Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Mainstream General Practice, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.

Download media release: GPs can help Close the Gap: Report (27 August 2010)

Publication: Improving Identification for GP Services

“The Lowitja Institute and the Australian National University have launched a new publication with recommendations on how GPs can help Close the Gap.

Better identification of Indigenous patients in general practices would improve their access to Medicare benefits such as health checks that could help ‘Close the Gap’, yet many GPs don’t consider ethnicity to be relevant to quality of care, according to a study from The Australian National University.
 
The study, commissioned by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APCHRI) at ANU and conducted under the auspices of The Lowitja Institute, reviewed the effectiveness of strategies that aim to improve the identification of Indigenous people.
 
National data and research evidence indicate that less than one third of general practices routinely collect information on the Indigenous status of patients. Improved identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients would support new ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives to extend the delivery of routine health checks and chronic disease management services. “

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Two Ways Together Report on Indicators 2009 – NSW Aboriginal Affairs – 14 July 2010

Posted on August 23, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

Two Ways Together Report on Indicators 2009 – NSW Aboriginal Affairs – 14 July 2010

“This is the third Two Ways Together Report on Indicators. Two Ways Together is the NSW Government’s ten year whole of government Aboriginal Affairs plan.

The Report starts with an overview of the Aboriginal Affairs plan, its relationship to the goals and targets set in the NSW State Plan, and the national commitments to close the gap in outcomes for Aboriginal people and improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal communities.

The Report provides an analysis of the demographic characteristics of the Aboriginal population in NSW, and shows indicators measuring outcomes across seven priority areas of health, education, economic development, justice, families and young people, culture and heritage, and housing and infrastructure.

Indicators to measure the differences between the Aboriginal population and the general NSW population and, where possible, trend information to show whether there has been change over time, are provided.”

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Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice – July 2010

Posted on August 23, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Mental Health Psychi Psychol |

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice – July 2010

Kulunga Research Network, at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
edited by Nola Purdie, Pat Dudgeon and Roz Walker was released in July 2010.

It was developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research and the Kulunga Research Network, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research with funding through the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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The Commonwealth Indigenous Budget Bulletin – July 2010

Posted on July 21, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health |

The Commonwealth Indigenous Budget Bulletin – July 2010 is produced by Macroeconomics to engender discussion and debate on indigenous policy. 20 July 2010

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Indigenous Allied Health Australia IAHA – 8 July 2010

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Allied Health, Workforce |

New Peak Body to Support More Indigenous Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Occupational Therapists and Optometrists
9 July 2010

“The health of Indigenous Australians took another step forward with the launch of a new peak national body to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students, the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said today.

Mr Snowdon said the Australian Government is funding the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Incorporated (IAHA), as part of its $19-million National Indigenous Health Workforce Training Package.”

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Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack – June 2010

Posted on June 4, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Cardiol / Cardiothor Surg | Tags: , |

Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack

ISBN: 978-1-921226-72-4

“The Heart Foundation and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association report “Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack” is now available.

This report addresses the disparities in hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and makes practical recommendations to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heart health.

The report was developed in response to the 2006 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare findings that, compared with other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had:

three times the rate of major coronary events, such as heart attack
1.4 times the out-of-hospital death rate from coronary heart disease (CHD)
more than twice the in-hospital death rate from CHD
a 40% lower rate of being investigated by angiography
a 40% lower rate of coronary angioplasty or stent procedures
a 20% lower rate of coronary bypass surgery.

“Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack” aims to raise awareness of these issues among governments, hospitals, clinicians and other interested parties.”

Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack  Download

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