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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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The link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition

The link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
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How mandatory treatment for public drunkenness is failing Aboriginal people

How mandatory treatment for public drunkenness is failing Aboriginal people | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

A Commonwealth body has called for the Northern Territory government to roll back its mandatory treatment program for “problem drinkers” (link is external).

Investigating the harmful effects of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs' June report (link is external) said the NT government’s practice of criminalising alcohol abuse had no basis in evidence...

 

 

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Chronic illness care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: final report

Chronic illness care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: final report | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This project aimed to engage a range of stakeholders across different levels of the primary health care system, including service providers, management, policy-makers and researchers and capture their knowledge on the barriers and enablers to addressing the identified priority-evidence practice gaps and their suggestions on strategies for improvement.
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Delivering essential services to remote Aboriginal communities

Delivering essential services to remote Aboriginal communities | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This report provides an assessment of how well the Department of Housing (Housing) delivers power, water and wastewater repair and maintenance services to selected remote Aboriginal communities through the Remote Area Essential Services Program.
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AIHW: Maternal deaths low in Australia, but Indigenous women remain at greater risk | Indigenous.gov.au

AIHW: Maternal deaths low in Australia, but Indigenous women remain at greater risk | Indigenous.gov.au | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Over the five years 2008–2012, there were 105 deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in Australia, with Indigenous women dying at more than twice the non-Indigenous women rate, according to the report Maternal deaths in Australia 2008–2012, released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
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The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: 2015 (AIHW)

The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: 2015 (AIHW) | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2015 is the eighth in a series of reports that provide a comprehensive statistical picture of a range of topics considered important for improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people. The report presents up-to-date statistics, as well as trend information. It examines differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as differences by factors such as age, sex and, in particular remoteness.

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Indigenous wellbeing in Australia: evidence from HILDA

Indigenous wellbeing in Australia: evidence from HILDA | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

This study explores the subjective well being of Indigenous Australians.

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Report focuses on mean levels of self-reported life satisfaction, inequality in life satisfaction within the Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian populations, and the prevalence and severity of dissatisfaction with one’s life. Evidence on differences in the determinants of life satisfaction between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is provided. Results indicate that Indigenous life satisfaction peaked in 2003 and has since declined. We also find that inequality in life satisfaction is greater for Indigenous than non-Indigenous Australians. Despite a downward trend in the level of dissatisfaction for non-Indigenous Australians, dissatisfaction among Indigenous Australians has remained relatively unchanged.

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The impact of living in regional and remote areas on the wellbeing of WA children and young people

The impact of living in regional and remote areas on the wellbeing of WA children and young people | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

In 2012 around 27 per cent (27.1%) of all children and young people lived in regional and remote areas of WA. Around 60 per cent (61.6%) of Aboriginal children and young people 0 to 19 years live in regional and remote areas.

In a number of important areas, the wellbeing of children and young people living in regional and remote areas is behind their counterparts in the metropolitan area.

Generally speaking, children and young people in remote and regional areas do not have the same access to facilities and services as those in the metropolitan area.

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Dhumba-nganjin: sharing stories to promote reconciliation

Dhumba-nganjin: sharing stories to promote reconciliation | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

A collection of reconciliation stories by staff of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dhumba-nganjin means ‘talk, all of us together’ in the Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung languages.

It is a very apt title for the Wirrigirri Sharing Stories activity which aimed to give staff in the department a way to talk together about reconciliation by sharing and listening to each other’s stories...

 

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Child protection Australia 2013–14 (AIHW)

Child protection Australia 2013–14 (AIHW) | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services in 2013-14, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system. This report shows that: - around 143,000 children, a rate of 27.2 per 1,000 children, received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or in out-of-home care); - three-quarters (73%) of these children had previously been the subject of an investigation, care and protection order and/or out-of-home care placement; - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to be receiving child protection services.

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Insights into nutritionists’ practices and experiences in remote Australian Aboriginal communities -2015 - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Insights into nutritionists’ practices and experiences in remote Australian Aboriginal communities -2015 - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

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Objective: To explore and describe methods of communication, education practices, perceived challenges and the potential role of nutritionists working in remote Australian Aboriginal communities in order to inform future public health efforts.

Methods: Nutritionists who work or have worked in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia's Northern Territory within the past decade were identified via purposive and snowball sampling, and responded to a semi-structured survey in 2012. Content and interpretive thematic analysis was used to generate themes.

Results: Working approaches of 33 nutritionists are presented, representing 110 years of working experience in the Northern Territory. Emerging themes included: ‘Community consultation is challenging’, ‘Partnering with local people is vital’, ‘Information is not behaviour’, ‘Localisation of nutrition education is important’ and ‘Evaluation is tricky’. Available time, training background and workforce structure were said to constrain practice and those nutritionists with longer experience described a more culturally competent practice.

Conclusions: Modifications in structure, training and support of the public health nutrition workforce, facilitation of professional and cultural partnerships, outcome evaluation and localisation and evaluation of health messages may promote more meaningful nutrition communication in remote communities.

Implications: Findings can inform further investigation into the structures needed to improve public health skills for nutritionists transitioning from mainstream practice into the challenging cross-cultural context of Aboriginal health settings.

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Indigenous health (AIHW)

Indigenous health (AIHW) | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

While there have been improvements in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in recent years, some long-standing challenges remain. (To acknowledge the separate Indigenous peoples of Australia, the term 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people' is preferred in AIHW publications—however, the term 'Indigenous' is used interchangeably when referring to Indigenous status or when it assists readability.) Across many indicators, Indigenous Australians remain disadvantaged compared with non-Indigenous Australians...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Monitoring progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, health system performance and the broader determinants of health, this is the fifth biennial report in this series.
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Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre - helping to 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communi...

Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre - helping to 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communi... | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre makes comprehensive, up-to-date information accessible to people interested in the health of Indigenous Australians. It provides a range of resources. Information is available on data sources, current research, theses, full text material, research findings and bibliographic data.
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Watering the garden of family wellbeing

Watering the garden of family wellbeing | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

This report contains the recommendations and outcomes of the national roundtable Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the Family Wellbeing program, Adelaide, March 2014. There is an accompanying policy brief. 

 

Family Wellbeing (FWB) is an effective social and emotional wellbeing program originally developed and delivered by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The central objective of FWB is to develop people’s skills and capacity to move from a position of disempowerment to empowerment; to empower people with a way to control and change their lives...

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Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Provides information about: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations; the context of Indigenous health; various measures of population health status; selected health conditions; and health risk and protective factors.
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The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: 2015

The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: 2015 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Examines the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as differences by factors such as age, sex and, in particular remoteness.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and dementia: a review of the research

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and dementia: a review of the research | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This report outlines the prevalence of dementia and modifiable risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

 

The high rate of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities requires urgent attention. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience dementia at an earlier age then the general population and this, combined with the steadily growing number of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, will result in the number of people effected by  dementia growing significantly in the coming years...

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Senator Nash: Coalition helps stamp out Indigenous smoking | Indigenous.gov.au

Senator Nash: Coalition helps stamp out Indigenous smoking | Indigenous.gov.au | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The Coalition Government’s redesigned Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme will further reduce smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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What works in effective Indigenous community-managed programs and organisations

What works in effective Indigenous community-managed programs and organisations | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

Many Indigenous organisations in urban, rural and remote areas are successfully managing a broad range of programs and services for their communities. This paper reviews available literature on Indigenous community-managed programs and organisations and summarises what is working in successful community-managed programs. It also considers some literature about the use of community development approaches and how they support successful Indigenous community-managed programs. This paper is intended for practitioners and policy-makers working with Indigenous communities to manage their own programs and organisations.

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Who decides? A question at the heart of meaningful reconciliation

Who decides? A question at the heart of meaningful reconciliation | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Decisions being made from on high about the fate of remote Indigenous communities are symptomatic of a continuing imbalance in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
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Upstream determinants of health have been stymied by the processes of colonisation.

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Strengthening primary health care: achieving health gains in a remote region of Australia - Article in Medical Journal of Australia (2015)

Strengthening primary health care: achieving health gains in a remote region of Australia - Article in Medical Journal of Australia (2015) | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it

This study demonstrates that strengthening primary health care services by addressing key enablers and sustainability requirements can translate into population health gains consistent with the goals underpinning the National Health Care Reform and Closing the Gap policies, and may potentially reduce health inequity for remote-living Aboriginal Australians.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2013-14

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2013-14 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
Provides an overview of 269 Australian Government-funded organisations that aim to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: nutrition results - food and nutrients, 2012-13

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: nutrition results - food and nutrients, 2012-13 | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
This publication contains nutrition data collected in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. It presents results from a 24-hour dietary recall of food, beverages and dietary supplements, as well as some general information on dietary behaviours.
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Historical reasoning about Indigenous imprisonment: a community of fate?

Historical reasoning about Indigenous imprisonment: a community of fate? | Indigenous Australian Health | Scoop.it
The high rate of Indigenous incarceration is a problem for public policy and so for historical and social analysis. This paper compares and contrasts two recent attempts at such analysis by Thalia Anthony and Don Weatherburn.
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