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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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Acknowledge the brutal history of Indigenous health care – for healing

Acknowledge the brutal history of Indigenous health care – for healing | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
Knowing and acknowledging this history is particularly important for health systems and professionals, given that current Australian health dialogue supports the development of culturally safe services and practices, and this requires an understanding of one’s own profession’s historical complicity in such events.

Learning from history opens the way to moving forward with respect in health professions, to provide services that will ensure better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, many of whom continue to experience adverse and traumatising experiences with health care.

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Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people « Reviews « Illicit drugs « AOD Knowledge Centre « Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre

Review of illicit drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people « Reviews « Illicit drugs « AOD Knowledge Centre « Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
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Increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Western Australia, 1990–2012 | Medical Journal of Australia

Increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Western Australia, 1990–2012 | Medical Journal of Australia | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
An increase in the incidence of childhood type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been reported in several populations worldwide, including Australia, with the highest risk being observed in children of Indigenous descent.1-3 In Western Australia, children throughout the state who are diagnosed with T2D are managed by a single multidisciplinary team at Princess Margaret Hospital, WA’s only tertiary paediatric hospital. In this study, we aimed to determine the incidence and incidence rate trends of childhood T2D in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in WA.
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Closing the Gap report finds no improvement in 10 year gap in life expectancy

Closing the Gap report finds no improvement in 10 year gap in life expectancy | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
This years Closing the Gap report shows that theres been little progress on increasing the life expectancy of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders The number of Indigenous people in work has fall
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Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease—Australian facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (AIHW)

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease—Australian facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (AIHW) | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease—Australian facts is a series of 5 reports by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that describe the combined burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD). This report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people presents up-to-date statistics on risk factors, prevalence, hospitalisation and deaths from these 3 chronic diseases. It examines age and sex characteristics and variations by geographical location and compares these with the non-Indigenous population.

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer framework 2015

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer framework 2015 | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
This Framework is designed to complement and enhance national, jurisdictional, regional and local efforts to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer outcomes, including cancer plans and related policies, frameworks and action plans.
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Delivering essential services to remote Aboriginal communities

Delivering essential services to remote Aboriginal communities | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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A_brighter_future_National_report.pdf

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Early life as a determinant of health.

 

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Who decides? A question at the heart of meaningful reconciliation

Who decides? A question at the heart of meaningful reconciliation | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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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 | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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Information sharing inspires healing: new portal for the HealthInfoNet « News « Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Information sharing inspires healing: new portal for the HealthInfoNet « News « Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, in partnership with the Healing Foundation, is developing a healing portal on the HealthInfoNet website.

 

The healing portal will engage users from a broad range of areas including health, justice, child protection and family violence, and will include a free on-line yarning place to encourage a rich exchange of knowledge and information. At the heart of the portal and yarning place is the connection with culture, knowledge systems and information sharing.

 

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on community led healing solutions. Building culturally strong, community designed and delivered pathways to healing, the organisation:

funds and supports healing programs targeted at communities, families and individualsbuilds the evidence and knowledge base for best practice in Indigenous healingbuilds leadership and the capacity of communities and workers to respond to trauma through education and training...

 

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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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Australia failing to safeguard cultural connections for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

Australia failing to safeguard cultural connections for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
Examines why a policy and practice disconnect exists when it comes to the safety and well-being of Aboriginal children.

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Big data in an Indigenous health context: opportunities and obstacles

Big data in an Indigenous health context: opportunities and obstacles | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
The ability of health researchers to unearth previously unsuspected health risks, trends and commonalities at a population level through matching information across different datasets is well attested. However, as more of this type of research is conducted, the spotlight is being shone on the barriers to accessing these data. Less well known are the complexities experienced by researchers working with datasets in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health context. We present the insights of a number of researchers, clinicians and public sector representatives who have extensive experience of data linkage in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, on key issues and practical and ethical implications of utilising big datasets.
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Towards a Queensland action plan for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families

Towards a Queensland action plan for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
This report from the Queensland Government discusses how an action plan to respond to vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families will be developed.

Key priorities in Supporting Families Changing Futures include responding differently to the over-representation of vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the statutory child protection system, reducing child and youth sexual abuse, and closing the gaps in life outcomes.

Supporting Families Changing Futures commits to develop and deliver an action plan for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

This is in recognition that much more needs to be done to overcome both the broader issues of social and economic disadvantage and the specific circumstances in families that drive the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the statutory child protection system. We need to break this cycle. We need a fundamental shift in how child protection, family support and other services work with, and for, Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
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Continuity, engagement and integration: early intervention in remote Australian Aboriginal communities

Continuity, engagement and integration: early intervention in remote Australian Aboriginal communities | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
This paper describes challenges for services seeking to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who are subject to child protection measures.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses (AIHW)

This report gives the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are faring according to a range of measures of health status and outcomes, 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 concern.
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National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development (AIHW)

National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development (AIHW) | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it

This is the second annual performance report for the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development. It provides the latest available information, as well as trends on the 6 health-related indicators in the partnership agreement. Key findings include: -The gap in low birthweight rates between babies of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers narrowed substantially between 2000 and 2010. -Indigenous mothers were more likely than non-Indigenous mothers to have smoked during pregnancy, and accessed antenatal care less often. -The infant mortality rate for Indigenous infants between 2001 and 2011 declined by 55%, but remained almost twice as high as for non-Indigenous infants.

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The link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition

The link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health | Scoop.it
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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 | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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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) | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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Historical reasoning about Indigenous imprisonment: a community of fate?

Historical reasoning about Indigenous imprisonment: a community of fate? | Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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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