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Indigenous health journal celebrates 30 years of knowledge transfer

Date posted: 1 April 2012

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin, a key Australian journal about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The HealthBulletin started life in April 1982 as a hard copy publication. It is now a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

The 30th anniversary of the HealthBulletin provides an opportunity for Australia's Indigenous health research community to reflect on the importance of making research and other findings easily accessible.

HealthBulletin founder, Professor Neil Thomson, has an enduring interest in translational research, reflected in his long tenure as HealthBulletin editor.

'My initial research in 1981 as Research Fellow in Aboriginal health at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) confirmed the impression I'd gained while working in the Kimberley region of WA in 1978-79,' Professor Thomson says.

'This impression was that much relevant information failed to reach many people involved in Aboriginal health. Information was either not published or, if it was, was not readily available. In addition, published information was scattered across many journals and other sources.'

'The Aboriginal health project information bulletin was created to enable a more appropriate dissemination of relevant information.'

With a wide range of users (policy makers, service providers, researchers, students and the general community), the HealthBulletin is still - after 30 years - making a wealth of relevant, up-to-date information freely available. It publishes peer-reviewed articles and reports on Indigenous health, as well as reviews of specific topics. Information about recent developments of relevance to Indigenous health and summaries of innovative health promotion programs are also made available.

Importantly, details of other recent journal articles, reports, conference presentations, resource materials, academic theses and details of new or revised websites are also available.

In publishing original peer-reviewed research, the HealthBulletin focuses on practical examples of policies, strategies and programs that utilise educational, organisational, economic and/or environmental approaches to Indigenous health.

The HealthBulletin is published online as a journal 'in progress'. This allows readers to have access to new information as soon as it becomes available rather than waiting until the closure of each issue. 

HealthBulletin editorial team 22 March 2012

HealthBulletin editorial team, left to right: Jane Burns (Deputy Editor), Professor Neil Thomson (Editor), Christine Potter (Deputy Editor)



Professor Neil Thomson
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
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Last updated: 2 April 2012
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