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Web Resources for Indigenous Australian Health

Web Resources for Indigenous Australian Health | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

This webpage has been created to provide links to useful resources on the Web relating to Indigenous Australian Health.  Regularly updated, it includes links to government statistics and reports, and summary papers from a range of Australian health organisations and government agencies.

 

 

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Who are Australia's females?

Who are Australia's females? | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Australia's 12 million females (in 2016) experience varying health outcomes across population characteristics like Indigenous status, remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage and age. Females also experience different health outcomes than males.
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Transformation of mortality in a remote Australian Aboriginal community: a retrospective observational study | APO

Transformation of mortality in a remote Australian Aboriginal community: a retrospective observational study | APO | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This article outlines trends in ages and causes of death in a remote-living Australian Aboriginal group over a fifty-year period.
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Australia lags behind in Indigenous political participation: expert | APO

This week marks ten years since the United Nations adopted its first Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Although non-binding, the Declaration recognised the rights of indigenous peoples around the world to self-determination and proposed protections for their land and resources.

A decade ago, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Australia — refused to ratify the document — saying it was incompatible with their own national laws.

But eventually all four countries reversed their decision — with Australia ratifying the Declaration in an official ceremony at Parliament House in 2009.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework - 2017 report | APO

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework - 2017 report | APO | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is improving for a number of measures, although there remain many areas where further concerted effort will be needed to achieve improvements in health outcomes.
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Indigenous aged care | APO

This audit assessed the effectiveness of Australian Government-funded aged care services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Indigenous incarceration: unlock the facts | APO

In the twenty-six years since the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was tabled in the Parliament of Australia, the proportion of the prison population that is Indigenous has doubled.

Indigenous Australians are dramatically over-represented in the criminal justice system, in each state and territory. While Indigenous people represent only 3 per cent of Australia’s total population, they make up more than 27 per cent of our prison population and 55 per cent of the youth detention population.

This gap between the rates of Indigenous incarceration and non-Indigenous incarceration is fundamentally unfair. This report calls for action to address this unfair, unsafe and unaffordable situation.
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About Us

About Us | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national peak Aboriginal health body representing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout Australia.

An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) or an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) is a primary health care service initiated and operated by the local Aboriginal community to deliver holistic, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate health care to the community which controls it (through a locally elected Board of Management).
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Evaluating the outcomes of programs for Indigenous families and communities

Evaluating the outcomes of programs for Indigenous families and communities | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This practitioner resource outlines some key considerations for community sector organisations and service providers who are thinking about evaluating the outcomes or impact of a program for Indigenous families or communities.
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Aboriginal custody inquiry means little without action - Eureka Street

Aboriginal custody inquiry means little without action - Eureka Street | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Indigenous incarceration in Australia recognises and validates widely held concerns. On the other hand, it also represents the abject failure of successive governments around the country to pay heed to what we do know about the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, including the failure to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. By Kate Galloway
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Closing the gap - Prime Minister's Report 2017

Closing the gap - Prime Minister's Report 2017 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
WORKING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE FOR A BETTER AUSTRALIA
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Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities

Family violence prevention programs in Indigenous communities | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This resource indicates that the evidence remains inconclusive on what action works in reducing Indigenous family violence, as there have been too few adequate evaluations, but there are some clear principles and components for successful programs.
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Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2014–15 - Report | MyHealthyCommunities

Healthy Communities: Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2014–15 - Report | MyHealthyCommunities | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Tobacco smoking is one of the largest single preventable causes of death and disease in Australia, and national smoking rates have been steadily declining due to effective public health strategies.

Yet in some local areas, smoking rates remain relatively high. This report presents adult daily smoking rates by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia. It finds that in 2014–15, smoking rates ranged from 5.4% in Northern Sydney to 23.3% in Western NSW and that regional PHN areas generally had higher smoking rates than metropolitan PHN areas.
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4737.0 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Smoking Trends, Australia, 1994 to 2014-15

4737.0 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Smoking Trends, Australia, 1994 to 2014-15 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 18 years and over who smoke tobacco decreased significantly from 55 per cent to 45 per cent, a fall of 22 per cent, over 20 years from 1994 to 2014–15, according to new modelling by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in partnership with the Menzies School of Health Research.
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Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system | APO

Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system | APO | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This paper provides an overview of national statistics pertaining to the high level of incarceration of Indigenous Australians and the socioeconomic background to that phenomenon. It also considers how to address this issues by applying the traditional criminal justice principles of equal justice, personal responsibility and fair punishment.
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Aboriginal health in South Australia: 2017 case study | APO

Aboriginal health in South Australia: 2017 case study | APO | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The 2017 case study formulates advice for health system reform to address disparities in the health outcomes of Aboriginal people.
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Water, sanitation and hygeine in remote Indigenous Australia: a scan of priorities | APO

This discussion paper presents a scan of the current status of water, sanitation and hygiene services and challenges in remote Australian Indigenous communities.
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Tracking progress against the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023: first monitoring report (AIHW)

In October 2015, the Australian Government released the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023. The Implementation Plan outlines the actions to be taken by the Australian Government, the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, and other key stakeholders to give effect to the vision, principles, priorities, and strategies of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

The Implementation Plan has set goals to be achieved by 2023 for 20 indicators. These goals were developed to complement the existing COAG Closing the Gap targets, and focus on prevention and early intervention across the life course. For more information on the Implementation Plan, its vision and the context for its goals, see the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023. This report presents data for each of the 20 goals, and assesses progress against the goals at the national level. For information about the selection of goals, and technical details about each goal, see the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023: technical companion document.
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National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from June 2016 (AIHW)

This fourth national report on the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) data collection is based on data from more than 240 primary health care organisations that received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information is presented for 22 ‘process-of-care’ and ‘health outcome’ indicators for June 2016, which focus on maternal and child health, preventative health, and chronic disease management. The report shows continuous improvements for the majority of indicators.
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Carers of Indigenous children: services and systems failure? Where to next?

Carers of Indigenous children: services and systems failure? Where to next? | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This article calls for solutions that adequately engage Indigenous carers in mental health care.
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Facilitating empowerment and self-determination through participatory action research

Facilitating empowerment and self-determination through participatory action research | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This article discusses how participatory action research (PAR) processes are effective in supporting communities to identify key factors negatively impacting on their lives as well as strategies for promoting well-being and building resilience.  
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Indigenous primary health care nKPI reports and additional resources (AIHW)

Indigenous primary health care nKPI reports and additional resources (AIHW) | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
These preliminary results capture summary data from around 240 primary health care organisations that received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as at May 2015. It presents summary data for 21 indicators (14 'process-of-care' and 7 'health outcome' indicators) on maternal and child health, preventative health and chronic disease management. Complete results for May 2015 and June 2016 are due to be released in May 2017 in National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from June 2016.
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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND
TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER
HEALTH PLAN 2013–2023

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND <br/>TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER <br/>HEALTH PLAN 2013–2023 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This Health Plan provides a long-term, evidence-based policy framework as part of the overarching Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) approach to Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage, which has been set out in the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA) signed in 2008. The NIRA has established a framework of national targets and policy building blocks. Two of the Closing the Gap targets, to halve the gap in child mortality by 2018 and close the life expectancy gap by 2031, go directly to health outcomes, while others address social determinants of health such as education and employment...
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A global snapshot of Indigenous and tribal peoples' health

A global snapshot of Indigenous and tribal peoples' health | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Examines the state of Indigenous health across multiple countries and regions, providing where possible a summary of the history, culture, legal and political status, as well as socio-demographic factors of each Indigenous or tribal group.
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Healthy Futures: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services report card 2016

Healthy Futures: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services report card 2016 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This report provides an update on the health services provided by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), using data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Online Services Report (OSR) data collection and the national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care.
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Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15 - Report | MyHealthyCommunities

Healthy Communities: Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2014–15 - Report | MyHealthyCommunities | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Overweight and obesity are important public health issues in Australia, as health problems related to excess body weight impact our health care system, as well as individuals, families and the community.

National statistics can’t always show the full extent of an issue. This report shines a light on rates of overweight and obesity at the local level, presented by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas across Australia.

The report finds that in 2014–15:

The percentage of overweight or obese adults ranged from 53% in Northern Sydney to 73% in Country SA
Overweight and obesity rates were generally higher in regional PHN areas than in metropolitan PHN areas
After excluding adults who were overweight, the percentage of obese adults ranged from 16% in Central and Eastern Sydney to 38% in Country SA
The obesity rate was 25% or higher in 18 of the PHN areas for which results were available.
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