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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Indigenous health news

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet provides two kinds of news items: Indigenous health news and HealthInfoNet news.

The Indigenous health news section outlines events of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, but also items that can be of relevance to people working in Indigenous health.

The HealthInfoNet is a very dynamic site, with new material being added on a daily basis. The changes are too numerous to be listed individually, but major and/or important additions are summarised in the HealthInfoNet news section.

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Australia's 7 up: the revealing study tracking babies to adults

18 September 2014

Date posted: 18 September 2014 Australia's 7 up study is following the progress of 686 Indigenous babies into adulthood, through sickness and health for the rest of their lives.
 

Indigenous Australia's rapid population rise

16 September 2014

Date posted: 16 September 2014 Official Australian Bureau of Statistics measures show the number of Indigenous Australians has skyrocketed to far outstrip growth in any other sub section of the national population.
 

Cardiovascular disease will remain a major contributor to gap in life expectancy

11 September 2014

Date posted: 11 September 2014 The Heart Foundation has said that cardiovascular disease will remain a major contributor to the gap in life expectancy, after the release of a landmark biomedical health survey showed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have high rates of risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes, kidney disease and high cholesterol.
 

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13 released

11 September 2014

Date posted: 11 September 2014 The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13, the largest biomedical survey ever conducted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

New telehealth centre a boon for rural and remote Queenslanders

11 September 2014

Date posted: 11 September 2014 Queensland (Qld) has claimed a knock-out blow against the tyranny of distance in health care with the opening of The University of Queensland's (UQ) Centre of Research Health Excellence in Telehealth.
 

Indigenous gap not closing, it is getting worse in some cases

11 September 2014

Date posted: 11 September 2014 The life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has not improved in more than 10 years and in some areas of health is getting worse, according to a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report.
 

Fitzroy Crossing women tackle alcohol scourge

10 September 2014

Date posted: 10 September 2014 This article covers the positive work June Oscar has been involved in regarding alcohol consumption in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.
 

Menzies to tackle Indigenous youth suicide this World suicide prevention day

9 September 2014

Date posted: 9 September 2014 A Northern Territory-based research project aimed at curbing high rates of Indigenous youth suicide will expand its critical work following a funding announcement made to coincide with World suicide prevention day, which is this Wednesday 10 September.
 

New Indigenous health check tool

8 September 2014

Date posted: 8 September 2014 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released the new Indigenous health check (MBS 715) data tool. The tool is an online dynamic data display that highlights and promotes health check uptake.
 

Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies 2014 diversity resource released

5 September 2014

Date posted: 5 September 2014 The Working with diversity in alcohol and other drug settings resource has been developed by the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) to support non-government alcohol and other drug organisations in their work with the diversity of clients that access our services and represent the New South Wales (NSW) population.
 

Release of updated results and microdata from the 2012-13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey

5 September 2014

Date posted: 5 September 2014 The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released microdata from the 2012-13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey (AATSIHS) in the form of a TableBuilder database which can be accessed via the ABS website.  The AATSIHS is the largest and most comprehensive health survey of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community ever undertaken.
 

Accord signed for Aboriginal Health research in South Australia

4 September 2014

Date posted: 4 September 2014 Representatives of South Australia's (SA) Aboriginal research and health communities came together today to sign a historic accord to ensure the future of Aboriginal Health Research.
 

Catch your breath - walk for COPD

3 September 2014

Date posted: 3 September 2014 One in seven Australians 40 years old or over, has limited airlflow in their lungs.
 

Concerns Aboriginal Victorians are not served by alcohol and other drug treatment system

3 September 2014

Date posted: 3 September 2014 The alcohol and other drug sector in Victoria is undergoing a major change that will streamline its services for drug users.
 

The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre Rothbury forced to close

3 September 2014

Date posted: 3 September 2014 The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Rothbury, New South Wales, has been forced to close its doors - effective immediately - because a not-for-profit company owned by the Federal Government is selling the property.
 

New research grants to prevent Indigenous youth suicide

1 September 2014

Date posted: 1 September 2014 Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, last week announced four new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants which aim to put a stop to escalating rates of Indigenous youth suicide.
 

Release of NIDAC/NACCHO online consultation on amphetamine-type stimulant use report

29 August 2014

Date posted: 29 August 2014 The NIDAC/NACCHO online consultation on amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS) use report is now available.
 

Clinics in Doomadgee and Mornington Island to target coughs

29 August 2014

Date posted: 29 August 2014 Lung health clinics will set up shop in Doomadgee and Mornington Island in Queensland, next month, in a bid to treat adults and children suffering from poor respiratory health.
 

Indigenous patients face too many barriers to seeing specialists, say doctors

28 August 2014

Date posted: 28 August 2014 Access to government-subsidised medical specialists for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is piecemeal and rife with barriers, according to the leading organisation representing physicians and paediatricians in Australia.
 

National Indigenous Breast Cancer Roundtable to improve cancer outcomes

28 August 2014

Date posted: 28 August 2014 Some of the country's leading authorities on cancer and cancer survivors themselves descended on the Lowitja Institute in Melbourne yesterday for the Breast Cancer Research Roundtable.
 

Skin sores research to improve health of children

27 August 2014

Date posted: 27 August 2014 A Northern Territory (NT) based research project investigating alternative and more practical treatments for skin sores (impetigo) is set to benefit the millions of children worldwide who suffer from this infection, as well as Australian Indigenous children, who are disproportionately affected by impetigo.
 

New program to help Indigenous Australians with disabilities access services

25 August 2014

A new program to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities will soon be rolled out in far west New South Wales.
 

Yarn circle a step in the right direction

22 August 2014

Date posted: 22 August 2014 A new program gives local men the opportunity to talk about their problems in a safe environment in New South Wales.
 

An alcohol and other drug free lifestyle major plus for jobseekers

21 August 2014

Date posted: 21 August 2014 Major infrastructure projects, under way in Shoalhaven, New South Wales, present numerous opportunities for jobseekers, but they also pose a test of personal responsibility.
 

Tenders called for contractor to build Aboriginal alcohol and other drug retreat

20 August 2014

Date posted: 20 August 2014 The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government is taking steps to build an Aboriginal bush retreat for alcohol and other drug rehabilitation near Tharwa.
 

AIHW report shows number of Indigenous Australians missing out on health checks

20 August 2014

Date posted: 20 August 2014 Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are missing out on health checks for which they are eligible, even though the number of health checks is rising, according to new data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

New website to provide information on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

19 August 2014

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, has unveiled a new website to provide practical information about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration).
 

Maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010 released

19 August 2014

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released Maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010, the 15th report on women who die during pregnancy and childbirth.
 

HPV vaccine could 'close the gap' on Indigenous health

14 August 2014

In the most comprehensive assessment of its type, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia, led research has found that in just four years, the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has resulted in a dramatic drop in genital warts in young Australians from a range of backgrounds, a result that could herald further good news for cervical cancer rates in future.
 

The Glen Rehabilitation Centre in jeopardy

12 August 2014

Date posted: 12 August 2014 The future of The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Rothbury, New South Wales (NSW), is in jeopardy because a not-for-profit company owned by the Federal Government intends to sell the property, Chief Executive Officer, Joe Coyte, said.
 

Epilepsy Action Australia to launch Yarning epilepsy

12 August 2014

Epilepsy Action Australia is this month launching their new resource, Yarning epilepsy, a training package for Indigenous health workers.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2012-13 released

11 August 2014

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released their fifth national report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations.
 

Rehabilitation facility will be open to everyone in North West region of South Australia

7 August 2014

Date posted: 7 August 2014 The new alcohol and drug rehabilitation service for the North West region of South Australia (SA) will be open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal patients, according to the Federal member for Grey.
 

DRUMBEAT improves mental health of Western Australian prisoners

1 August 2014

Date posted: 1 August 2014 An independent evaluation, by the University of Western Australia (UWA), of an innovative program trialled in Western Australian (WA) prisons has found a group-based program that combines hand drumming with social and emotional learning can improve the mental health of prisoners.
 

New anti-discrimination campaign from beyondblue

28 July 2014

beyondblue is launching a new national anti-discrimination campaign, Stop.
 

End of the road for Makin' tracks

23 July 2014

An award-winning counselling service for Aboriginal alcohol and other drug users in South Australia has had its Federal funding cut.
 

Detention facility officially named site for alcohol and other drug rehabilitation centre

18 July 2014

A long-awaited alcohol and other drug (AOD) rehabilitation centre will officially be located at the old Ellis Close detention facility in Port Augusta, South Australia (SA).
 

Indigenous Australians and chronic non-cancer pain project

17 July 2014

The Australian Pain Society (APS) recognises the limitations of the current evidence basis of the prevalence and impact of chronic non-cancer pain conditions in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
 

2014 NAIDOC awards recipients

15 July 2014

The 2014 NAIDOC award recipients were announced last Friday, in a national ceremony held on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug use in the spotlight

11 July 2014

Health experts from Poche Centres around Australia are assembling in Darwin, Northern Territory, on July 11 2014 for a Key thinkers' forum to discuss alcohol and other drug use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
 

Indigenous child safety 2014 released

11 July 2014

A report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Indigenous child safety, shows Indigenous children face greater risks to their safety than non-Indigenous children, with higher rates of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, and hospitalisation and death from injury.
 

The long road to a cancer cure for Kylie Clarke

7 July 2014

Being diagnosed with leukaemia is a shock for anyone, but for Kylie Clarke, a 33 year old Indigenous women, it was more dire than most.
 

2014 NAIDOC week celebration

2 July 2014

Next week marks the start of the 2014 NAIDOC week celebrations.
 

Death more likely for women suffering second heart attack: report

2 July 2014

Female heart attack victims are more likely to die from a second heart attack than their male counterparts, new research has found.
 

Locals hear message of Swimming the river

30 June 2014

Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC) hosted the launch of an Aboriginal education DVD on Friday, June 20.
 

Australia's health 2014 released

25 June 2014

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australia's health 2014, shows that despite general good health, lifestyle-related chronic diseases are a leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.
 

Bolster for mental health services in Australia

24 June 2014

The Australian Government is bolstering mental health services in Australia, with a $6.5 million initiative to train primary health practitioners in the use of e-mental health therapies and associated technologies.
 

Doctors inspire rural schools with medicine

23 June 2014

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Associations (AIDA) has visited Kununurra, in the north of Western Australia, to talk to students about future jobs.
 

Bill to recognise Indigenous people in WA introduced

16 June 2014

A bill to recognise Indigenous people in the West Australian (WA) constitution has been introduced this week by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer.
 

Children's headline indicators show worrying statistics for Indigenous children

13 June 2014

Recent data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on the Children's headline indicator interactive data portal show that Australian children are generally healthy with high education standards, however Indigenous children aren't faring as well.
 

Chairperson of Lowitja Institute, Pat Anderson, appointed Officer of the Order of Australia

9 June 2014

The Chair of the Lowitja Institute, Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, Pat Anderson, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her services to the community.
 

New study to investigate maternity provision for Aboriginal women

9 June 2014

A multi-faceted study led by a Murdoch University researcher will influence the way maternity services support Aboriginal women in Western Australia during pregnancy and birthing.
 

Community grant funding round open for charities that provide health and wellbeing initiatives

6 June 2014

Up to $500,000 is available for ten charities that provide innovative health and wellbeing initiatives as part of the 2014 nib foundation Community grant funding round.
 

Calls for FASD to become a disability

3 June 2014

Aboriginal health groups are calling for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to be recognised as a disability.
 

National Indigenous Health Plan to focus on outcomes

3 June 2014

Acknowledging Reconciliation Week, Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash last week announced that an implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan would be developed by the end of the year.
 

Pioneering research hopes to improve Indigenous lung health

2 June 2014

The first ever detailed study of the bacteriology of bronchiectasis in Indigenous children has been undertaken to better understand and prevent the disease progression.
 

$52 million to improve palliative care services and training

2 June 2014

The Australian Government will provide $52 million over three years to improve palliative care services and training.
 

Poche centre for Indigenous health for University of Melbourne

30 May 2014

The University of Melbourne has recently been funded $10 million to establish a Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, joining sister Poche centres at the University of Western Australia, Flinders University and the University of Sydney.
 

First Australian free online training resources on eye health and diabetes launched today

29 May 2014

The first Australian free online training resources on eye health and diabetes was launched today, 29 May 2014, in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.
 

Aboriginal teens voice drug dangers through song

27 May 2014

A group of Aboriginal teenagers from central Queensland have recorded a song warning of the dangers of drug use.
 

Applications open for Healthway Aboriginal research training scholarship

27 May 2014

Healthway is inviting applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for the Aboriginal research training scholarship.
 

National Reconciliation Week 2014

27 May 2014

This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2014, an event celebrated across Australia that encourages all Australians to learn about their shared histories, cultures and achievements.
 

Call for Health heroes to promote careers within Indigenous health

21 May 2014

The Department of Health are seeking suitable health professionals and students to attend a number of career expos as part of their Health heroes campaign, to speak and assist in promoting careers within Indigenous health.
 

Budget 2014-15: information of relevance to Indigenous health

14 May 2014

The Federal Budget for 2014-15 was delivered on Tuesday evening, May 13 2014, by Treasurer Joe Hockey.
 

National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: first national results June 2012 to June 2013 released

5 May 2014

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the first National key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: first national results June 2012 to June 2013.
 

Appointment of new Lowitja Institute CEO

5 May 2014

The Chairperson and Board of the Lowitja Institute are delighted to announce that they have appointed Mr Romlie Mokak to the position of CEO.
 

New edition of Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice released

2 May 2014

The Working Together team, Kulunga Aboroginal Research Development Unit at the Telethon Kids Institute have released a new edition of the Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice resource.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population may exceed 900,000 by 2026

1 May 2014

Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is projected to increase by over a third to reach between 907,800 and 945,600 people by 2026, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
 

Nominations open for the 20th Deadly Awards

30 April 2014

Nominations are now open for the Deadly Awards (the Deadlys), which are this year celebrating 20 years of highlighting Indigenous achievement and excellence on a national stage.
 

Keep our kids safe campaign aims to lift vaccination rates for Queensland's Indigenous children

30 April 2014

Vaccination rates for Indigenous children are at dangerously low levels across the state of Queensland, with not a single area recording an immunisation rate above 90% by the time children are one year old, figures show.
 

Experts recommend dramatic changes to cervical cancer screening

29 April 2014

The Australian government Medical Services Advisory Committee recommends women should have their first cervical cancer screening at 25 years of age and a new self administered test be introduced for Indigenous women and others who have not been screened in the past six years.
 

Honour roll celebrating Indigenous Victorians

16 April 2014

An Indigenous honour roll recognising the achievements of Aboriginal Victorians past and present, visited the community of Morwell, in Victoria (Vic), last week.
 

Economic value of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations report released

8 April 2014

Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Justin Mohamed, launched a report entitled Economic value of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations at the National Press Club last week.
 

Rising drug use will result in increased dental problems

4 April 2014

Australian health experts have warned a rise in drug use will cause an increase in other health issues including severe dental problems.
 

Major boost for health services in regional Western Australia

2 April 2014

People living in regional Western Australia (WA) will get a major boost in health and hospital services including kidney dialysis treatment, pathology and dental care under the Australian Government funding announced today.
 

Mayor wants end to grog-running in Aurukun

2 April 2014

The Mayor of Aurukun on Cape York, Queensland, Derek Walpo, says he is fed up with grog runners targeting his community.
 

Medicare Local aiming to immunise all Indigenous children

2 April 2014

On average more than eight out of 10 Indigenous children in Western New South Wales (NSW) are fully immunised, a statistic that the region's Medicare Local is actively looking to improve.
 

Alarming suicide rate for Queensland's Indigenous children

26 March 2014

A report, Deaths of children and young people Queensland 2012-13, recently released by the Queensland (Qld) government, has revealed the alarming number of youth suicides across the state.
 

New Queensland health service to help 'close the gap'

25 March 2014

A recently opened facility in Longreach, Central West Queensland, is aiming to make a big difference in improving residents' health outcomes, and assist in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health.
 

Release of the Causes of death, Australia, 2012

25 March 2014

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Causes of death, Australia, 2012.
 

Menzies continuous quality improvement (CQI) tool to improve Indigenous health services

21 March 2014

A continuous quality improvement (CQI) tool designed specifically for Indigenous youth aged between 12 - 25 years has been launched by the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).
 

Close the gap day sets focus on Indigenous healthcare

18 March 2014

Oxfam Australia's National Close the gap day is being held this week on Thursday 20 March, a day designed to create awareness, spark conversation and remind politicians about the inequality of health care that exists in our own country between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

New medical centre on Palm Island closing the health gap

17 March 2014

A new healthcare centre on Palm Island, off the coast of Townsville in Queensland, is home to four Indigenous doctors providing primary healthcare services to the local community.
 

Call for grant applications for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander well women workshops in breast cancer

12 March 2014

Cancer Australia invites applications for the fourth round of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander well women workshops grant initiative.
 

Innovative ways to improve quality of health care a focus of Lowitja CQI conference

10 March 2014

Innovative ways to improve the quality of health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will be the primary focus of the Lowitja conference on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Indigenous primary health being held in Melbourne in March this month.  Lyn Brodie, CEO of Lowitja, said CQI involves regular reflection and refinement to improve processes and outcomes that will provide quality health care.
 

Inaugural walk pushes Indigenous cancer into the spotlight

10 March 2014

Last months inaugural Musgrave Park Cancer Walk held in South Brisbane has been labelled a huge success, with over 200 people walking to raise cancer awareness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Lowitja report to reveal the state of Indigenous health in 2030

7 March 2014

The Lowitja Institute have launched a new report in Parliament that revealed what Indigenous health will look like by 2030, using future thinking to predict health trends and what research and resources are needed to Close the gap.
 

Latest funding round for Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) announced

4 March 2014

The latest funding round for the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was announced this week, with $2.5 million going to initiatives that benefit Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

NACCHO and NIDAC conducting an amphetamine-type survey

3 March 2014

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) are conducting a survey on amphetamine-type substance use (such as 'speed' and 'ice') among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
 

Red Cross Wellbeing Centre to provide holistic model of health care

26 February 2014

The Australian Red Cross opened a distinctive accommodation centre in Cairns last week, providing a home away from home for people from some of the most remote parts of the state, who are receiving medical treatment in the city.
 

Tom Calma appointed next University of Canberra Chancellor

21 February 2014

The University of Canberra today announced the appointment of a new Chancellor, Dr Tom Calma AO, who was formally installed after addressing the National Press Club.
 

Launch of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics

19 February 2014

The National Centre for Indigenous Genomics (NCIG) was launched today by the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
 

Funding boost for Australian researchers

18 February 2014

The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.
 

Aboriginal Health Worker Frank Hollingworth celebrates 51 years in the health service

14 February 2014

Frank Hollingsworth, an Aboriginal Health Worker and Elder of the Kuuku Ya'u and Kaanju communities, has worked for over 51 years in health services.
 

Closing the gap annual reports released today

12 February 2014

Two major Closing the gap reports were released today: the Closing the gap: Prime Minister’s report 2014 and the Close the gap progress and priorities ('shadow') report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.
 

Cancer threat in remote communities highlighted

4 February 2014

Associate Professor Gail Garvey, a expert in the field of Indigenous health has used World Cancer Day to call on all levels of government to focus more on the prevention and treatment of cancer in remote communities.Associate Professor Garvey, has led research programs which has explored the reasons for the higher mortality rates from cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in comparison to their non-Indigenous counterparts.
 

Ted Wilkes honoured with Order of Australia award

29 January 2014

HealthInfoNet consultant and former Advisory Board member Associate Professor Ted Wilkes was recognised on January 26 for his dedication to fighting for a better quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
 

Adam Goodes awarded 2014 Australian of the Year

28 January 2014

Indigenous AFL player and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes was named the 2014 Australian of the Year this Sunday.
 

Have your say on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum framework

21 January 2014

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) in conjunction with Curtin University are leading the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum framework for the integration into entry level health profession training.
 

Applications open for the Indigenous Governance Awards 2014

21 January 2014

Reconciliation Australia is calling for applications for the Indigenous Governance Awards 2014, an opportunity to share success stories from Indigenous communities and organisations around Australia and showcase how Indigenous people are driving change at a ground level.
 

Melbourne University Students awarded funding to support Indigenous health

13 January 2014

Two University of Melbourne students are the recipients of funding from Bellberry Limited and GlaxoSmithKline, which both students say will go towards supporting Indigenous health.
 

Short films delivering positive health messages in remote Indigenous communities

8 January 2014

A Darwin-based record company, Skinnyfish Music, is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities.
 

Menzies research project recognised as one of Australia's best

8 January 2014

A Northern Territory-based, Menzies School of Health Research project investigating the effectiveness of a vaccine to prevent severe diarrhea in children has been recognised as one of the country's ten best research projects for 2013 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research.
 

Significant dates for cultural events in 2014

7 January 2014

There is planning underway for a number of significant cultural events for 2014, which encourage people to both participate and reflect on the importance of these ceremonies.
 

Indigenous Australians vulnerable to new flu strains according to University of Melbourne researchers

7 January 2014

Indigenous Australians may be particularly vulnerable to a new Chinese flu virus, according to Melbourne researchers.
 

Mundine says diversion programs pay off

6 January 2014

Indigenous leader Warren Mundine promises to advocate for mandatory diversionary programs to push Indigenous juvenile offenders into jobs and education amid proposed budget cuts to Indigenous affairs spending.
 

Lowitja Institute Chair Pat Anderson awarded honorary doctorate

17 December 2013

Well respected advocate for the health and welfare of Australia's First Peoples, and chair of the Lowitja Institute Board, Ms Pat Anderson, has been awarded the Degree of Doctor honoris causa, by Flinders University.
 

Pat Dudgeon wins IAHA lifetime achievement award

16 December 2013

Congratulations to Professor Pat Dudgeon, winner of the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Lifetime Achievement Award, which celebrates the achievements of an IAHA member who has demonstrated long standing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people.
 

Social justice and native title report 2013 launched

13 December 2013

The Social justice and native title report 2013 was launched today by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda.
 

2012-13 Australian Medical Association Indigenous health report card launched

10 December 2013

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card 2012-13, the healthy early years - getting the right start in life, was released today by Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, at Parliament House in Canberra.
 

First graduate for Balnaves scholarship highlights importance of more practising Indigenous doctors

9 December 2013

Andrew Julian, 24, is the first student to successfully graduate with the Balnaves scholarship, which is specifically aimed at supporting Indigenous medical students successfully complete their degree, and assisting in Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

National Indigenous Allied Health Awards recognising excellence in the workforce

9 December 2013

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) held its first national Indigenous Allied Health Awards ceremony late last month, as part of their 2013 National Conference Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Hilton, recognising five Indigenous allied health students and workers.
 

Noel Hayman to receive Gatton gold medal award

9 December 2013

Dr Noel Hayman, a champion of improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will receive the Gatton gold medal this week at the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland (UQ).
 

Release of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13

27 November 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.
 

WA Health award winners for 2013

26 November 2013

The winners of the WA Health Awards for 2013 were announced last week, celebrating the outstanding achievements of the WA health services.
 

Human Rights medal nominees announced for 2013

25 November 2013

The four Human Rights medal nominees for 2013 were announced last week.
 

Kick start a champion for change: building the next generation of Indigenous Australian scientists and health researchers

25 November 2013

Kick start a champion for change, an initiative of Menzies School of Health Research, is aiming to build the next generation of Indigenous Australians to take up careers in health research and science.
 

Australia's first Aboriginal health newspaper launched at the NACCHO AGM

20 November 2013

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has launched Australia's first Aboriginal health newspaper, NACCHO Health News, at their annual general meeting (AGM) this week.
 

Launch of the Social justice and native title report 2013

20 November 2013

This year marks 20 years of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner's role, and the Australian Human Rights Commission is inviting the general public to celebrate this important milestone with the launch of the Social justice and native title report 2013.
 

AML Alliance launches their Closing the gap: messages from the frontline video

15 November 2013

At the National Primary Health Care Conference this week, the Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) launched their Closing the gap: messages from the frontline video, which features the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples who are making a difference to primary health care services in their communities, through Medicare Locals.
 

Brien Holden honoured with humanitarian award

14 November 2013

Professor Brien Holden has been awarded the inaugural Optometry Giving Sight Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contribution to helping eliminate avoidable blindness and impaired vision, and reducing the disability, poverty and lack of opportunity associated with vision loss.
 

Mallee District Aboriginal Services opens new health care centre amid rising demand

6 November 2013

Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) opened their new purpose-built health centre on Orange Avenue in Mildura yesterday.
 

Indigenous women graduates take hands on role in health

6 November 2013

The University of New South Wales was recently home to the largest group of Aboriginal people to graduate from a university medical faculty at one time.
 

Menzies School of Health Research receives NHMRC excellence award

6 November 2013

A Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) project has been recognised amongst the nation's premier research projects by Australia's peak body for health and medical research, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
 

Professor Jonathan Carapetis backs calls for 'no jab, no play' laws

6 November 2013

Professor Jonathan Carapetis, director of Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has backed calls for new laws in Western Australia (WA) that would ban unvaccinated children from childcare centres.
 

Oral health receives focus at community events

1 November 2013

Rural families will be encouraged to think about health and lifestyle in a series of fun day events across the New South Wales region this week.
 

Menzies receives $9 million for Indigenous health research

30 October 2013

The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded federal funding for 11 competitive grants and fellowships to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
 

NACCHO to launch Australia's first national Aboriginal health newspaper

29 October 2013

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) today announced the launch of Australia's first national health Aboriginal newspaper, the NACCHO Health News.
 

New Indigenous health centre making a difference

28 October 2013

The Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Primary Health Care, designed by Hames Sharley, has recently been completed.
 

New medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

28 October 2013

A number of new medicines to treat cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other diseases have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
 

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs awarded RACGP Fellowship

21 October 2013

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has awarded nine RACGP Fellowships to people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent in the past year.
 

NACCHO launches new Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands app

17 October 2013

The chair of National Aboriginal Community Controlled health organisation (NACCHO) this week joined with the AFL Indigenous All Stars at its International rules training session in Melbourne to launch Australia's first Aboriginal Health app.
 

Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study commenced fourth wave of data collection

17 October 2013

The oldest and largest study of Aboriginal people in Australia has begun its fourth wave of data collection.
 

A decade of achievement for Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation

16 October 2013

One of Australia's prominent Indigenous service providers, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation Limited (better known as MPREC) celebrates its 10th birthday this month.
 

Healing Foundation micro grant funding now open to commemorate and celebrate 2014 anniversary of the National Apology

14 October 2013

The Healing Foundation has announced that their Apology micro grant funding round is open to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to commemorate and celebrate the 2014 anniversary of the National Apology.
 

AMA scholarship for Indigenous Melbourne medical student

14 October 2013

Doctor of Medicine student Ngaree Blow has won the 2013 Australian Medical Association (AMA) Indigenous peoples medical scholarship.
 

Indigenous call for medical cultural competency

9 October 2013

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) is calling for more cultural competency in medical treatment.
 

Indigenous Australians face higher risk of cancer

7 October 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have higher rates of new cancer cases and cancer deaths than non-Indigenous Australians, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and Cancer Australia.
 

GP training extended to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations

4 October 2013

Doctors working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) will now be eligible to undertake vocational training towards Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) via an extension to the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).
 

Cathy Freeman backs the use of technology in treating asthma

30 September 2013

Olympic champion Cathy Freeman has revealed how she battled chronic asthma during her decorated athletic career.
 

Application date extended for Indigenous sponsorships for the Rural Medicine Australia conference 2013

27 September 2013

Rural Medicine Australia 2013 (RMA2013) has extended the closing date on their sponsorships for Indigenous students to attend this year's conference.
 

More than $140 billion spent on healthcare in 2011-12

27 September 2013

Expenditure on health in Australia was estimated to be $140.2 billion in 2011-12, up from $82.9 billion in 2001-02.
 

Malpa young doctors project a success in Utopia

22 September 2013

An Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory, Utopia, is now the proud home of 39 graduates from the Malpa young doctors project.
 

Indigenous work experience opportunity at Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit

18 September 2013

The Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit (at the University of Melbourne) in partnership with the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development is offering two Indigenous Australian high school students with a two week paid work experience opportunity.
 

Stand together against racism (STAR) project fighting racism in health care and health professional education

18 September 2013

The Standing together against racism (STAR) project supports Australia's new anti-racism strategy - Racism: it stops with me, by taking a hard stance on racism inside the health care industry.
 

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health council external report 2013 highlights success of community controlled health services

16 September 2013

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.
 

Deadly Health Award winners for 2013

11 September 2013

This year's Deadly Awards saw a number of Indigenous people recognised for their contributions to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Nova Peris the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Federal Parliament

9 September 2013

The Australian IndigenousHealthInfoNet would like to pass our warm congratulations onto Nova Peris, the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Federal Parliament.
 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population nearing 700,000

4 September 2013

Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has reached 669,900 (or 3 per cent of the total population), according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) national conference cancelled

4 September 2013

The proposed National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) national conference scheduled for 2013 will now take place in 2014.
 

Community charting a new course for the future of Aboriginal children

29 August 2013

Aboriginal people in Kakadu have this week launched a 25-year plan to raise the health and well-being of their children to the same level as other Australian children.
 

Mobile clinic for Indigenous health launched in Gladstone, Queensland

27 August 2013

QGC Pty Ltd, in partnership with Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), has provided $475,000 to fit-out a mobile health clinic in Gladstone, and fund the first two years of clinical services by doctors, nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
 

$2.4 million awarded for Indigenous health centre

22 August 2013

The University of Adelaide has won $2.48 million to establish a new national Centre of Research Excellence, in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the University of Wollongong.
 

Discussion paper on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on homelessness released: call for contribution for further discussion

21 August 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has recently released a discussion paper on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on homelessness, and is calling for contributions for further discussion on the findings.
 

Lowitja announces new appointees to their Board of Directors

20 August 2013

The HealthInfoNet congratulates Mr Selwyn Button and Mr Justin Mohamed on their appointment to the Lowitja Institute's Board of Directors, one of the HealthInfoNet's partner organisations.
 

NACCHO Blueprint 2013-2030 news – AMA supports important initiatives to improve the health of Aboriginal males

19 August 2013

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Blueprint - Male healthy futures for generational change - contains important initiatives to improve the health of Aboriginal men.
 

Survey for Indigenous health workers on factors affecting fertility

19 August 2013

The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), the Robinson Institute (University of Adelaide) and Jean Hailes for Womens Health would like to know what Indigenous Health Workers understand about factors that affect fertility.
 

New Closing the gap targets announced at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land

12 August 2013

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin outlined three new Closing the gap targets to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in a speech at the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
 

NACCHO launches 10 point blueprint to improve Indigenous male health

12 August 2013

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has recently released their 10 point blueprint containing key goals to address the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Celebrating International day of the world's Indigenous peoples 9 August 2013

9 August 2013

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People, celebrated each year on 9 August, marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
 

Applications now open for Bill Raby diabetes fellowship funding

8 August 2013

The Bill Raby diabetes fellowship is calling for applications for the 2013 - 2014 round of funding.
 

Rural health policy into the future: live panel discussion 8 August 2013

7 August 2013

Join Dr Norman Swan and a panel of rural health leaders and advocates on 8 August 2013, as they discuss remote and rural health policy, trends, developments, needs and gaps.
 

Hearing awareness week from 25 August 2013

7 August 2013

Hearing Awareness Week runs from 25 August 2013 and brings into focus important issues for Australians who are hearing impaired, deaf or have a chronic ear disorder.
 

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.
 

New resource package to promote nutrition in remote communities

5 August 2013

A new resource package focused on improving nutrition in remote stores in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will help to address the poor state of diets in remote Indigenous populations.
 

Injury or fatality rate higher for Indigenous Australians in land transport accidents

2 August 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are more likely to be injured in land transport accidents than other Australians, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Celebrate Jean Hailes women's health week 2-6 September 2013

1 August 2013

Jean Hailes women's health week, 2-6 September 2013, reminds all women across Australia to make good health a priority.
 

Diabetes costs skyrocketing

1 August 2013

The nation's health bill for treating diabetes has virtually doubled and is growing rapidly as the incidence of the disease escalates.
 

World Breastfeeding Week 2013

1 August 2013

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2013 runs from 1-7 August.
 

Call for input to shape good Aboriginal health research practices at Researching Right Way workshops

31 July 2013

The Lowitja Institute and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) are calling for input in an evaluation of two documents that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research ethics: Values and ethics: guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research Keeping research on track: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research.
 

Indigenous Women's Grants (IWG) projects announced

31 July 2013

There are 58 new projects that will receive funding of $3 million from the Indigenous Women's Grants program (IWG).
 

New ABA projects announced for the Northern Territory

30 July 2013

There are 35 new projects that will receive funding totaling more than $10.2 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).
 

Voting open for the 2013 Deadly Awards

23 July 2013

Voting for the 2013 Deadly Awards is now open.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan (NATSIHP) released

23 July 2013

The federal government has released a 10-year, $12 billion plan aimed at closing the gap between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Subsidised fruit and vegetable scheme improves children's health and significantly reduces antibiotic use

22 July 2013

A new study in New South Wales has found providing subsidised fruit and vegetable to low-income Indigenous families improved the children's levels of haemoglobin, and reduced emergency department attendances and hospital visits for illness.
 

2013 NAIDOC week theme and celebrations

9 July 2013

This week marks the start of the NAIDOC celebrations, the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
 

Introducing the Indigenous eye health' workers resource

28 June 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has just launched the Indigenous eye health workers' web resource.
 

Introducing the Indigenous ear health workers' web resource

21 June 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has just launched the Indigenous ear health workers' web resource.
 

Kidney health news

19 June 2013

Kidney health has generated many news items across Australia over the past week.
 

PhD scholarship available in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health

19 June 2013

A scholarship from Andrology Australia is available to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student to undertake full-time research towards a PhD degree with a focus on health service access and primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males.
 

New high-level group advise on tackling Indigenous suicide

18 June 2013

A new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group will advise the Federal government on practical and strategic ways to improve mental health and suicide prevention programs.
 

Men's health week news: men's sheds benefit from grants

12 June 2013

Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon announced yesterday that 51 more Men's sheds in communities across Australia will receive funding to upgrade their facilities or buy new equipment and tools.
 

Indigenous woman recognised for distinguished service in health and social welfare programs

11 June 2013

Indigenous woman June Oscar has been appointed an officer in the Order of Australia for leading the campaign to successfully introduce restrictions on the sale of full strength take-away alcohol in Western Australia's Fitzroy valley.
 

Progress towards Closing the gap targets reported as PM sets new early education target

5 June 2013

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council has released the fourth independent assessment of progress towards Closing the gap targets.
 

Kidney health week and a new reason to test for kidney function

28 May 2013

At the launch of national kidney health week on 27 May 2013, the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Shayne Neumann, an addition to the Practice incentives program (PIP).
 

Unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women wins award

28 May 2013

A unique trial of a smoking intervention for pregnant Indigenous women is the winner of the 2013 Medical Journal of Australia's (MJA) Medical Defence Association National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research for the best research paper published in the MJA in the previous calendar year.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategy released

28 May 2013

This national strategy seeks to address the high rate of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - reported to be twice that of non-Indigenous Australians.
 

Kidney disease often goes unchecked

27 May 2013

Despite one in three Australians being at high risk of kidney disease, the chronic illness remains low on the health radar of many people, chief executive of Kidney Health Australia, Anne Wilson says.
 

Budget announcement assures future for the Lowitja Institute

21 May 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet would like to congratulate our partner organisation, the Lowitja Institute, on successfully securing funding to enable them to continue their valuable work for the next five years.
 

Indigenous Australians at greater risk of dementia

16 May 2013

Indigenous people aged over 60 are three times more likely to develop dementia than the non-Indigenous population.
 

Budget 2013-14: information of relevance to Indigenous health

15 May 2013

The Federal Budget for 2013-14 was delivered on Tuesday evening, 14 May 2013, by Treasurer Wayne Swan.
 

Indigenous hip hop artist hits the road to promote quitting to youth

15 May 2013

Members of the Indigenous health project, No smokes, will join a crew of Bundjalung musicians from the northern New South Wales coast on a road trip from Lismore (NSW) to Melbourne (Victoria) to promote anti-smoking messages to Indigenous youth.
 

Summit in Central Australia to unite bush voices for change

13 May 2013

A summit in Central Australia, will bring Aboriginal people together to identify positive solutions to local problems faced in their home communities and the wider community of Alice Springs.
 

First Peoples Disability Network propose plan for the implementation of DisabilityCare Australia

8 May 2013

The First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), the peak disability organisation representing Indigenous Australians with disabilities and their families, has released a 10 point plan for the implementation of DisabilityCare Australia (formally the National disability insurance scheme) to ensure Indigenous people with disabilities are catered for.
 

National crime prevention fund for youth mentoring and outreach programs

8 May 2013

The Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, Jason Clare has announced a $40 million National crime prevention fund to be funded from confiscated proceeds of crime.
 

Secure funding announced for disability insurance scheme

2 May 2013

The Australian Government has announced that the $14 billion National disability insurance scheme (NDIS) will be funded in part by a special Medicare-style levy set at 0.5 per cent.
 

NT project wins homelessness award

2 May 2013

Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LANC) in Darwin has received a National homelessness services achievement award in recognition of its tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness.
 

Young Indigenous people continue to be overrepresented in youth justice system

1 May 2013

A report, Youth justice in Australia 2011-12: an overview, by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released information on young people aged 10-17 years who are under youth justice supervision in Australia due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime.
 

Supporting people to tackle volatile substance use

30 April 2013

A new report evaluating the effectiveness of the Australian Government's Petrol sniffing strategy (PSS) has found a reduction in petrol sniffing has been achieved primarily through the roll out of low aromatic fuel and the introduction of additional youth services.
 

The Lowitja Institute calls for expressions of interest for position of Director on their Board

24 April 2013

The Lowitja Institute - Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research is calling for expressions of interest for the honorary position of Director on their Board.
 

Heart Week 2013 campaign to teach warning signs of heart attack

23 April 2013

Each year, almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack, a toll which means one Australian life is claimed every 53 minutes.
 

Breast screen service on its way to Mt Isa

22 April 2013

Nurses from Townsville Hospital have been in Mount Isa spreading the word about breast screening.
 

Federal Government renews effort to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

18 April 2013

The Australian Government has announced $777 million to fund its share of a renewed National partnership agreement (NPA) on Closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes for a further three years to 30 June 2016.
 

Yamba's Roadshow on tour again

17 April 2013

Deadly Awards finalist for outstanding achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Yamba the honeyant, will be taking his healthy messages on the road again when he and best friend Jacinta Price begin touring their hit stage musical Yamba's Roadshow in Queensland (Qld) and the Northern Territory (NT) next week.
 

Fears cervical cancer checks falling behind

15 April 2013

Physical isolation and cultural differences are being blamed for pap smears rates in the Kimberley falling well below those in the rest of Western Australia.
 

Survey of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

15 April 2013

An evaluation is being conducted of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia (RHDAustralia) and their activities in preventing and managing acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
 

Research reveals concerning nutrition outcomes in remote communities

15 April 2013

Some remote Indigenous communities are spending as little as 2.2 per cent of total food expenditure on fruit and just 5.4 per cent on vegetables according to a study by the Menzies School of Health Research, published in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.
 

New AIHW reports show some improvements in Aboriginal health

15 April 2013

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a series of state-based reports providing 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.
 

AMA - Good mental health and wellbeing essential to close Indigenous health gap

9 April 2013

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Dr Steve Hambleton has stated that factors that contribute to poor mental health and social and emotional wellbeing among Indigenous Australian peoples should be given greater priority in the nation's health policy agenda.
 

World Heart Federation releases position paper on rheumatic heart disease

7 April 2013

The World Heart Federation (WHF) has released its position statement on rheumatic heart disease (RHD) affirming the Federation's commitment to the prevention and control of the disease.
 

Traditional healers share their stories

5 April 2013

A new book that profiles the ancient art of the ngankari has just been launched by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council.
 

Cancer Council NSW $2 million grant to cut Aboriginal cancer deaths

4 April 2013

Cancer Council NSW has been awarded a $2m grant over the next five years.
 

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare releases state-based reports on Indigenous health outcomes

4 April 2013

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week released jurisdictional versions of data on indicators relevant to the health status, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Indigenous Australians.
 

Broome visitors give new perspectives on Rheumatic Heart Disease

29 March 2013

Leading paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist, Professor Jonathan Carapetis, recently visited the town of Broome on the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, along with over 50 other health professionals and medical students, to share an evening of information, discussion and new perspectives on Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).
 

Senate committee release report on the social determinants of health

27 March 2013

The Senate Community Affairs Committee (Senate committee) have released a report on the social determinants of health after inquiring into Australia's domestic response to the World Health Organization's (WHO) commission report, Closing the gap within a generation.
 

Social and emotional wellbeing of Australian Indigenous peoples

27 March 2013

The National Mental Health Commission has released a supplementary paper to the 2012 report, A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.
 

Prestigious national health science award for Menzies Director

27 March 2013

Menzies School of Health Research Director, Professor Alan Cass has been named the 2013 TJ Neale Award recipient by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN).
 

New group to lobby for kidney action

25 March 2013

The Kidney Action Network has been formed to lobby governments to improve the lives and treatment of renal patients from remote Indigenous communities.
 

Cancer Australia receives grant to focus on Indigenous lung cancer

20 March 2013

Cancer Australia has received a grant from the Department of Health and Ageing for a project focusing on lung cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
 

Campaign to highlight awareness of lung cancer

20 March 2013

An awareness campaign by the New South Wales (NSW) Cancer Institute encourages people to listen out for the symptoms of lung cancer among their family, friends, community and colleagues.
 

Top restaurants join the National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI)

19 March 2013

The National Indigenous Culinary Institute (NICI) has garnered the support of a number of top restaurants including Tetsuys's, Aria and Bistro Moncur to join their accredited training program.
 

Indigenous cancer centre of excellence unveiled

14 March 2013

The launch of Australia's first Indigenous cancer research centre is set to improve the diagnosis, treatment and survival rates for Indigenous Australians with cancer.
 

Online newsletter for Indigenous offender health research launched

13 March 2013

The Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG) has launched an online version of its biannual newsletter through the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.
 

Do you use the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet eye health section? Take our survey

12 March 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is conducting a survey to find out information on users of the website, particularly its 'eye health' section.
 

Aboriginal Literacy Foundation to give away 80,000 new books

11 March 2013

Minimbah Primary School students have become the first in the nation to receive a pack of books encouraging healthy living after hosting the launch of the series last week.
 

Renewing the national strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' mental health and social emotional wellbeing

6 March 2013

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is leading the renewal of the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' mental health and social emotional wellbeing (2004-2009).
 

2013 NAIDOC Week

27 February 2013

This year's NAIDOC theme is 'We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963.' The theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to Federal Parliament.
 

Indigenous ownership and support adds to effectiveness of social and emotional wellbeing programs

26 February 2013

According to two newly released papers on the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse website, the most effective programs to promote social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous people are those that are culturally competent and have Indigenous ownership and community support.
 

New census analysis on disability in Australia

26 February 2013

New census analysis to be released by the Australian National University (ANU) finds an increase in reported rates of disability between 2006 and 2011 for Indigenous Australians.
 

QIMR starts human trials of Strep A vaccine in Queensland

26 February 2013

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has begun human trials of a vaccine for Streptococcus A, the germ that causes rheumatic fever.
 

Mobile health clinic reaches out to underserviced Indigenous communities

25 February 2013

A new Indigenous Health Mobile Training Unit has just been launched by the University of Queensland (UQ).
 

New Trans-Tasman funding in search for rheumatic heart disease vaccine

18 February 2013

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has agreed with New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, to provide support for the development of a potential vaccine for rheumatic fever.
 

Indigenous recognition bill passed unanimously

13 February 2013

The House of Representatives has passed legislation recognising Indigenous Australian peoples as the first inhabitants of Australia.
 

Prime Minister tables annual Closing the gap report

6 February 2013

The Prime Minister tabled the fifth annual report on progress in Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage in Parliament on 6 February 2013.
 

Indigenous ear health workshop - making a difference

5 February 2013

A one day workshop addressing ear disease and its underlying issues in Indigenous children will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, WA, on Friday, 15 March, 2013.
 

Launch of the National Indigenous Cancer Network

4 February 2013

A new national cancer research network was launched today, Monday 4 February, World Cancer Day, at Cancer Council Australia in Sydney.
 

Professor Ross Spark

31 January 2013

The team at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet would like to express sincere condolences to Professor Ross Spark's wife, Kim, other family members, friends and colleagues.
 

March 21 is National Close the Gap Day

30 January 2013

On 21 March people all over Australia will join forces to show their support for 'closing the gap' in life expectancy between Indigenous and other Australians by participating in a National Close the Gap Day event.
 

New mental health service for Aboriginal people in Perth metropolitan area

16 January 2013

The metropolitan-based Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service (SAMHS) has a new home after a $380,000 refurbishment of De Grey House at Graylands Hospital.
 

Trachoma could be eradicated in Australia within five years

8 January 2013

Trachoma could be entirely eradicated from Australia within the next five years, according to Hugh Taylor, professor of Indigenous eye health at Melbourne University.
 

Review of cannabis laws shows positive uptake of education sessions

20 December 2012

The Western Australian (WA) government's current cannabis laws have resulted in a 12-fold increase in the number of people attending mandatory cannabis education sessions compared to the rate of attendance under the previous legislation.
 

Cancer pain guidelines released for public consultation

17 December 2012

Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cancer pain management in adults are now available for public consultation.
 

Clayton garden provides food and medicine

12 December 2012

An Aboriginal garden has been created in a corner of Monash University's Clayton campus.
 

A healthy approach at Waminda

3 December 2012

In the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast, the Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation has introduced a program to improve women's health.
 

Beswick Nursery a new source of employment and local produce

29 November 2012

A revamp of a remote Aboriginal community's plant nursery is providing a new source of employment for young people, as well as fresh local produce for the community store.
 

Northern Territory (NT) Child health check sees improvements in oral and ear health

29 November 2012

Improvements have been made in the oral and ear health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory (NT), according to a report released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Plenty healthy!

29 November 2012

Plenty Valley Community Health, in partnership with the local Indigenous community in the Whittlesea area of Victoria, is running a project called Feedin' the mob.
 

Launch of first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention

27 November 2012

The first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention has been launched by Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission.
 

New TV campaign promotes swimming lessons for Indigenous Australians

20 November 2012

A new national TV campaign from the YMCA (the Y), in partnership with the SBS Foundation, is calling for all Australians, particularly those from Indigenous and culturally diverse communities, to learn to swim.
 

New bush foods in FSANZ database

20 November 2012

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has added 14 new Indigenous foods to the nutrition panel calculator (NPC).
 

CQUni part of project developing network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers

19 November 2012

CQUniversity will be part of a newly-funded special research initiative for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers network.
 

Partnership has the right ingredients for Aboriginal health

13 November 2012

Aboriginal training organisation Tauondi College, with project partners the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and South Australia Health, has set up the Live longer! mobile training van project which aims to help prevent chronic disease in Indigenous communities across South Australia by providing free two-day training courses in healthy eating, nutrition and horticulture.
 

NHMRC seeks consultant for Indigenous research ethics guidelines evaluation

9 November 2012

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is undertaking a review of its two Indigenous research ethics guidelines: Values and ethics: guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research 2004 Keeping research on track: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics 2005.
 

Menzies to investigate Indigenous suicide in new study

9 November 2012

The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has been awarded more than $290,000 by beyondblue to investigate the key drivers of suicide attempts and opportunities for prevention among Indigenous Australians.
 

Indigenous health advocates among Australian of the Year state finalists

8 November 2012

Many Indigenous health advocates are state finalists for the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards.
 

Better than expected!

7 November 2012

It all started off rather slowly, and the targets of 40 teams and $50,000 raised seemed a long way off.
 

Join the Aboriginal pathways to diagnosis study

31 October 2012

Cancer is the second biggest killer of Aboriginal people in Australia, with the death rate from cancer being 60% higher in Aboriginal people than in non-Aboriginal people.  Aboriginal cancer patients are encouraged to join the Pathways to diagnosis study which will investigate the barriers to Aboriginal people getting health care.
 

New residential facility at AFL Cape York

30 October 2012

AFL Cape York (AFLCY) was established in 2003 with the main purpose of co-ordinating the AFL kickstart program among primary and secondary children.
 

Improved access to healthy food in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities

29 October 2012

The Federal Government has announced the expansion of the stores licensing scheme in the Northern Territory.
 

New mobile app to speed sharing of trachoma data from the field

24 October 2012

A new mobile phone application is being tested to streamline data sharing on trachoma.
 

Closing the gap on Aboriginal cancer rates at La Perouse NSW

24 October 2012

Four health and community organisations have signed an historic partnership agreement to work together to improve health outcomes for the local Aboriginal community at La Perouse.
 

Feedback needed: new resource for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

22 October 2012

The Australian Lung Foundation is developing a new resource to support clinicians working with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and invites you to be involved.
 

Progress of the nation's first Indigenous suicide prevention strategy

18 October 2012

Researchers from the Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE) criss-crossed the country during August and September conducting public consultations in 16 capital cities and regional centres.
 

Steve Widders and Mick Adams walk and ride from Brisbane to Sydney for Aboriginal men's health

17 October 2012

Steve Widders, an Indigenous health advocate who is legally blind, and Dr Mick Adams, a prominent Indigenous leader and HealthInfoNet Advisory Board member, are walking and cycling from Brisbane to Sydney to raise awareness about the importance of good health for Aboriginal men and families.
 

Stephanie Alexander's most remote kitchen garden school: Rawa Community School

17 October 2012

The Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program has been implemented in a variety of school settings throughout Australia.
 

Indigenous cricket squad going to India

11 October 2012

Cricket Australia's National Indigenous development squad departs for India this week to attend the country's Global cricket schools and play a series of matches against representative sides.
 

Kidney specialist Professor Alan Cass to head Menzies

11 October 2012

A leading Australian kidney specialist will take the helm at the Northern Territory's Menzies School of  Health Research (Menzies), following a six-month global search for a world-class director and health researcher.
 

Aunty Lorraine Darcy Peeters accepts Lifetime Achievement Award for Healing the Stolen Generations

4 October 2012

Aunty Lorraine Darcy Peeters, Marumali Healing founder and member of the Stolen generations, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for Healing the Stolen Generations at the 18th Deadlys on 25 September 2012 at the Sydney Opera House.
 

New funding to support people with Machado Joseph Disease in the Northern Territory

2 October 2012

New funding is being provided for projects that support people with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Report into Aboriginal service delivery in the Northern Territory (NT) makes 12 recommendations

2 October 2012

A report into spending on service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities recommends a reassessment of priorities and greater transparency.
 

Outstanding Indigenous health achievements honoured at this year's Deadlys

28 September 2012

A passionate Indigenous health worker from Queensland and a WA antenatal program took out coveted health awards at the 18th annual Deadlys at the Sydney Opera House on 25 September 2012.
 

Belinda Duarte named AFL football Woman of the Year

28 September 2012

Richmond's Belinda Duarte was announced yesterday (27 September 2012) as the 2012 AFL football Woman of the Year.
 

Inquiry into the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring

25 September 2012

On the 20th of September 2012 the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, and the Minister for Sport, Senator The Hon Kate Lundy, asked the House Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs to inquire into and report on the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.
 

Live Longer! Campaign recent grant recipients announced

18 September 2012

The Minister for Indigenous health, Mr Warren Snowdon has announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Local community campaigns to promote better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (Live longer! campaign).
 

Singer shares cancer story with Narrandera women

12 September 2012

Australian singer Christine Anu is hoping her own family's cancer story will encourage Aboriginal families to be more aware about the disease.
 

NATSIHP discussion paper released, consultation dates set

11 September 2012

Input is now being sought into the development of the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan (the Plan), following the launch of a discussion paper, online submissions process and national consultation dates this week.
 

Culturally appropriate screening tool for Aboriginal Australians

6 September 2012

A screening tool assessing Indigenous mental health is being validated and will be ready for distribution across the country this year.
 

Lisa Briggs announced as new CEO of NACCHO

5 September 2012

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has announced the name of its new CEO.
 

Report reveals levels of Indigenous expenditure

4 September 2012

The 2012 Indigenous expenditure report was released on 4 September 2012.
 

First Indigenous environmental health university graduate for Western Australia

31 August 2012

Troy Hill is the very first Aboriginal person from Western Australia (WA) to graduate at a tertiary level in environmental health.
 

Researchers tackle Indigenous lung cancer

31 August 2012

Queensland doctors are planning a program to reduce lung cancer death rates in remote Indigenous communities.
 

ACT Labor plan to phase out sugary drinks in primary schools

29 August 2012

ACT Labor is promising extra cash for schools that phase out sugary drinks if it is re-elected to government in October.
 

Early detection of diabetes is paying health dividends

29 August 2012

Australians with type two diabetes are living longer and mange their blood glucose levels better compared to 20 years ago.
 

Top Sydney chefs join to mentor Indigenous trainee chefs

28 August 2012

A group of top chefs have decided to do something constructive to address Indigenous unemployment - they have assembled the National Indigenous Culinary Institute apprenticeship scheme.
 

Help seeking for suicide in an Aboriginal community: the Njernda CRUNCH study

24 August 2012

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation in Echuca is in the process of developing an early intervention response to suicide among Aboriginal youth due to the higher rate of youth suicide among Aboriginal communities when compared with the non-Aboriginal population.
 

Jump in number of Indigenous medical students

22 August 2012

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students in Australia has increased significantly over the last decade.
 

Australian Medical Association releases position statement on health and the criminal justice system

21 August 2012

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a new position statement on Health and the criminal justice system (2012) on 15 August at the Justice health in Australia: equity in health care symposium in Canberra.
 

Community walks encourage good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle

15 August 2012

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi's Healthy community healthy life project is encouraging physical activity, good nutrition, and the importance of health checks though a series of walks around communities.
 

Empowering Aboriginal communities the key to suicide prevention

15 August 2012

A comprehensive research report into the high rates of suicide in the Kimberley has called for a major change in the way prevention programs are designed and delivered that will both empower and heal Aboriginal communities.
 

2012 National Indigenous Music Award winners announced

13 August 2012

The winners of the 2012 National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) were announced on Saturday 11 August.
 

Menzies' lung and cancer programs win $5m in research excellence funding

6 August 2012

Two esteemed lung health and cancer research programs from the Menzies School of Health Research have been declared Centres for Research Excellence and awarded funding of $2.5 million each over five years.
 

HealthInfoNet consultant commences new role at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

2 August 2012

Dr Alex Brown, a top researcher in the area of Indigenous cardiovascular and metabolic disease and a consultant with the HealthInfoNet, has now commenced his new role as Indigenous Health Theme Leader at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
 

Major telehealth initiative will improve remote Indigenous access to healthcare

1 August 2012

A major project was launched yesterday (31 July 2012) that will improve access to health care for Indigenous people living in remote parts of the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) through the use of innovative technologies.
 

Menzies research will shine light on Indigenous adolescent wellbeing

28 July 2012

Dr Kate Senior from the HealthInfoNet's partner organisation, Menzies School of Health Research, has been awarded a significant fellowship to examine the health and wellbeing of Indigenous adolescents.
 

Indigenous Health Worker registration now a must

27 July 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice professionals are now being regulated nationally.
 

National Preventive Health Research Strategy (2012-2016) Consultation Draft - Invitation to comment

26 July 2012

Promoting a healthy Australia (The Australian National Preventive Health Agency) invites submissions for the second consultation process to develop the National preventive health research strategy 2012-2016.
 

HealthInfoNet Advisory Board member commences new role at Telethon Institute of Child Health Research

26 July 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet congratulates Professor Jonathan Carapetis on his commencement this week as the new Director of Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (TICHR).
 

Indigenous women urged to tell their stolen stories

23 July 2012

Indigenous women from the New England North West, who were removed to the Aboriginal girls training home at Cootamundra, are being urged to share their stories.
 

75 kilometre outback trek promotes traditional and healthy lifestyles for women and children

20 July 2012

About 50 women and children, who have been tracing traditional dreaming routes across Central Australia, finished the nine-day 'Long Walk' at Haasts Bluff yesterday.
 

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.
 

Cough, step and jump: a profile of Professor Anne Chang

19 July 2012

Professor Chang is among Menzies' most-published authors, with a current tally of around 240 peer-reviewed papers.
 

$48 million for Australian Indigenous arts, culture and languages

17 July 2012

Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced $48 million for projects that support Indigenous arts, culture and languages, including a $21 million investment in jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Beating bowel cancer: prevention, detection, treatment

16 July 2012

A live interactive panel discussion will be broadcast by the Rural Health Education Foundation, chaired by Dr Norman Swan on Tuesday 24th July, 2012.
 

Tailor the health care to close the gap

13 July 2012

The primary health care peak body, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, is encouraging Australia's Indigenous population to sign up for quality chronic disease management in general practice to receive the health care they need.
 

Time to enter Lowitja's Indigenous health awards for researchers and students

11 July 2012

The Lowitja Institute has announced two national competitive awards for researchers and students whose area of interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
 

Art or essay about Indigenous health sought for Dr Ross Ingram prize

11 July 2012

The Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Prize is for an outstanding essay or artwork on Indigenous health by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
 

Winners of the national NAIDOC awards announced

9 July 2012

Twelve outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians were honoured at the 2012 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony and Ball in Hobart on Friday 6 July 2012.
 

Genetics 'could improve' Indigenous health

4 July 2012

Researchers are hoping to solve more Indigenous health problems by overcoming barriers to genetic research in Aboriginal communities.
 

Indigenous mental health graduates now have a national voice

26 June 2012

Indigenous graduates from the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) across the country will now have a national voice thanks to the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Inc (IAHA).
 

2011 Australian Census data now available online - including Indigenous statistics

21 June 2012

The first data from the 2011 Australian Census of Population and Housing was released today, 21 June 2012, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
 

NSW Aboriginal Medical Service among winners of 2012 GlaxoSmithKline Childhood Immunisation Awards

20 June 2012

The Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney, based in Mt Druitt, NSW, is among the four winners of the 2012 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Childhood Immunisation Awards.
 

Indigenous names announced in the Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours List

14 June 2012

At least eight Aboriginal people were named in the Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours List, which was announced on 11 June 2012 by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
 

Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work launched at NIDAC conference today

7 June 2012

The Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work was launched today (7 June 2012) at the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) conference in Fremantle, Western Australia (WA).
 

Development of the nation's first Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy

4 June 2012

The Menzies School of Health Research has been appointed to help the Gillard Government develop the nation's first Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.
 

Dare to Lead Excellence in Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Awards announced

4 June 2012

The 2011 Dare to Lead Excellence in Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Awards were announced in May 2012, by Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon.
 

Aboriginal psychology student receives scholarship to study at Oxford University

1 June 2012

Paul Gray, a member of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA), is one of two inaugural recipients of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship, which funds postgraduate study at Oxford University for those of Aboriginal descent.
 

New National guide for preventive health assessments for Indigenous people released

31 May 2012

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (second edition) was released today (31 May 2012) by Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.
 

Aboriginal health programs among the winners of MedicineWise Awards in 2012

29 May 2012

Two programs developed for Aboriginal people were among the winners of the National MedicineWise Awards 2012.
 

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence creating an online Indigenous social network

29 May 2012

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) are in the process of developing an online Indigenous social network to connect young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to each other, their mentors and role models.
 

Bush delicacies on the menu

29 May 2012

A taste of reconciliation was about showing people they could cook and enjoy their own bush food as well as talk about reconciliation around the table, says National Reconciliation Week organiser Donna Moodie.
 

National sorry day and reconciliation week 2012

25 May 2012

The 15th National sorry day will be taking place tomorrow on Saturday 26 May 2012.
 

First national free-to-air health TV channel launched

23 May 2012

The first national free-to-air health TV channel was launched this week (21 May 2012).
 

Online suicide prevention training for health professionals

21 May 2012

An updated online training package for suicide prevention professionals has been launched by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler.
 

New cancer support group for Indigenous people in Perth

18 May 2012

Indigenous people in Perth, Western Australia (WA), may be interested in a new cancer support group run by Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc.
 

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package invests in infrastructure for Indigenous Australians

16 May 2012

A $3.4 billion package to support infrastructure for Indigenous Australians in urban and remote communities - the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package - has been announced by the Minister for Families, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin.
 

Healthy eating on the menu in north west

15 May 2012

It is hoped the success of a healthy food program at Walgett and Lightning Ridge will encourage more businesses to make healthy changes to their menus.
 

Aboriginal Elder and cancer survivor among finalists for Nursing Award

14 May 2012

Aboriginal elder, cancer survivor, and nurse, David Copley, was named among five finalists this year in the Hesta Australian Nursing Awards (2012).
 

National bowel cancer screening program to expand under Budget 2012-13 funds

10 May 2012

The Australian Government's National bowel cancer screening program will be expanded under the 2012-13 Federal Budget to provide additional screenings to people aged 60-70 years.
 

Poor oral health found among preschool children in rural and remote Western Australia

10 May 2012

An article published in the journal Rural and Remote Health has shown findings of poor oral health among preschoolers in rural and remote Western Australia (WA).
 

Improved services for Indigenous health seen in Hunter-New England region

10 May 2012

A forum to discuss Aboriginal chronic disease took place in Muswellbrook, New South Wales on 3 May 2012, involving over 70 health professionals.
 

GenerationOne aims to tackle Indigenous youth unemployment

10 May 2012

Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine is set to lead GenerationOne's private sector campaign to increase Indigenous employment.
 

Budget 2012-13: information of relevance to Indigenous health

9 May 2012

The Federal Budget for 2012-13 was delivered on Tuesday evening, 8 May 2012, by Treasurer Wayne Swan.
 

Indigenous Elder receives three awards, including honorary Doctorate

7 May 2012

Indigenous Elder Aunty Joan Hendriks, of North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, received an honorary Doctorate from the Australian Catholic University on May 4, 2012.
 

Hunter New England Local Health District calls for culturally appropriate palliative care strategy

7 May 2012

An inquiry by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs into palliative care in Australia has resulted in a submission calling for improved services.
 

Telemedicine project for diabetes related, remote eye care planned for Flinders University

4 May 2012

Flinders University's optometrists will soon be able to diagnose and manage eye diseases in rural and remote communities without leaving Adelaide.
 

New health worker website fosters Indigenous cultural awareness and empathy

3 May 2012

A new Edith Cowan University (ECU) website is changing the attitudes of health professionals when it comes to Indigenous medical care.
 

Nominate now for Indigenous Governance Awards

1 May 2012

There are four weeks left to apply for the Indigenous Governance Awards, with $60,000 in prize money available.
 

New National Children's Commissioner for Australia

1 May 2012

The Federal Government has announced the creation of a National Children's Commissioner within the Australian Human Rights Commission.
 

Cervical screening in Australia 2009-2010 report released by AIHW

1 May 2012

A recently released Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report shows that more than 3.6 million women participated in cervical screening in 2009-2010.
 

Young Victorian Aboriginal people recognised for leadership

30 April 2012

Twenty young Victorian Aboriginal achievers were recognised at the 16th annual Ricci Marks Awards ceremony at the Korin Gamadji Institute in Melbourne last week.
 

Kimberley woman conquers Boston Marathon

27 April 2012

An Indigenous woman from the Kimberley region in Western Australia has conquered the famous Boston Marathon.
 

Heart Week 2012 Sunday 6th May - Saturday 12th May

27 April 2012

During Heart Week 2012, the Heart Foundation will be urging all Australians to learn the warning signs of heart attack.
 

Bourke community to launch awareness campaign targeting alcohol and other drug use

24 April 2012

On Wednesday 2 May 2012, the Bourke Alcohol and drug working group (BAWG) will launch an alcohol and other drug awareness campaign in Bourke, New South Wales (NSW).
 

'Move it mob style' named ASTRA award finalist

20 April 2012

Move it mob style, the Indigenous TV dance program, has been named as a finalist in one of the TV industry's most prominent awards - the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) Awards.
 

Local councils awarded for their Indigenous initiatives

20 April 2012

Federal Minister for Local Government Simon Crean yesterday (19 April 2012) announced the category winners of the 2012 National Awards for Local Government.
 

Review of HLT07 Health Training Package for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

20 April 2012

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) is reviewing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker (A&TSIHW) qualifications and competency standards to ensure they are current and relevant to existing and emerging job roles.
 

PapScreen Vic initiatives helping to improve cancer health outcomes for Indigenous communities

18 April 2012

PapScreen Victoria has implemented a funding initiative to help improve cervical screening rates within the Koori community.
 

Research on Indigenous aged care and life expectancy sheds doubt on current policy

18 April 2012

A recent study led by researchers at universities around Australia has produced results suggesting that Indigenous Australians may not be ageing prematurely, an outcome that has worried Indigenous aged care providers.
 

Healthy living week one - Lajamanu

16 April 2012

After a nine hour road trip through some of the most beautiful remote country, which features abundant wildlife with everything from brolgas to death adders, the Red Dust team made its way to Lajamanu.
 

Indigenous liaison bridges cultural divide in Queensland ED

10 April 2012

In a Queensland first, three Indigenous liaison officers have started work in the Townsville hospital's emergency department to help bridge the cultural divide and support Indigenous patients undergoing emergency care.
 

Funding for remote community clinics in NT

10 April 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Minister for Construction and Infrastructure Gerry McCarthy today announced $5.7 million in funding for remote community clinics as part of the Territory Government's health spending.
 

Winners of 2012 NSW Aboriginal health awards announced

10 April 2012

Individuals, teams and communities in New South Wales (NSW) who have demonstrated excellence in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes were celebrated at an Awards ceremony late last month.
 

Recommendations made by new NT youth suicide report

5 April 2012

The Select Committee on Youth Suicides in the NT has tabled its report Gone too soon: a report into youth suicide in the Northern Territory.
 

National Indigenous health worker secretariat launched

4 April 2012

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) Secretariat was launched by The Hon.
 

Australian Policy Online celebrates ten years

4 April 2012

Australian Policy Online (APO), an important player in Australia's policy and research field, celebrates its tenth birthday this year.
 

National Indigenous health award winners announced

3 April 2012

The winners of the 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 were announced on 28th March 2012 in Sydney.
 

Launch of First Peoples Disability Network (Australia)

2 April 2012

Australia's first national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability was launched in Sydney on Friday (30 March 2012) by the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas.
 

Musician and health ambassador Jimmy Little passes away

2 April 2012

Dr Jimmy Little, the first Indigenous performer to top Australia's pop music charts, and an ambassador for Indigenous health, has died at the age of 75.
 

Feral camels a new income source for SA's remote Aboriginal lands

2 April 2012

About 200 camels have been removed from South Australia's remote Aboriginal lands as part of a feral camel management project.
 

Significant funding commitment to NT Indigenous communities

30 March 2012

The Federal Government yesterday announced that it would make a long-term funding commitment to services for Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Cancer Institute NSW to fund grants to improve Indigenous cancer outcomes

28 March 2012

The Cancer Institute of New South Wales (NSW) is seeking expressions of interest in three new grants to support organisations working to improve cancer outcomes.
 

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT wants floor price for alcohol

27 March 2012

The peak body for Aboriginal health services in the Northern Territory (NT), the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT), says Australia should follow Britain's lead and introduce a floor price on alcohol.
 

New Indigenous aged care research informs policy suggestions

26 March 2012

Recently published research suggests that the aged care planning policy - used by the Department of Health and Ageing to provide Indigenous Australians with a fair share of resources - is based on a problematic assumption and has not worked as intended.
 

Close the Gap Day well supported

22 March 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet hosted one of more than 840 Close the Gap Day events taking place throughout Australia today.
 

NSW Government seeks input into Aboriginal health plan

22 March 2012

The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, today released Towards an Aboriginal health plan for NSW, a discussion and consultation paper to support the development of a new 10-year plan to improve Aboriginal health.
 

New report shows effectiveness of Indigenous health research institute

21 March 2012

A new report has been released showing that Australia's leading Indigenous health research institute makes a significant economic and social contribution to the nation.
 

Asian origins of Machado-Joseph disease revealed

15 March 2012

Knowledge of a disease prevalent among Northern Territory Indigenous communities has been overhauled, following research by the University of Sydney's Garth Nicholson.
 

HealthInfoNet now offers easy access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework

15 March 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet now has a website section devoted to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework.
 

Nation-wide grants announced for research into preventive health

6 March 2012

Almost $4 million in research funding has been allocated nation-wide to 13 new projects that will investigate ways to prevent the harm caused by obesity, tobacco and harmful use of alcohol.
 

New diabetes drug will help Indigenous kidney patients

2 March 2012

A new drug for diabetics is expected to improve the treatment of high levels of chronic kidney disease in Indigenous communities.
 

Northern Territory alcohol reforms still lowering crime rate

29 February 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Government's alcohol reforms, stage one of which was effective from 1 July 2011, have been deemed a success by the Minister for Alcohol Policy, Delia Lawrie.
 

New booklet showcases good practice in Indigenous medical education

28 February 2012

Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) has launched the inaugural edition of the LIME Good practice case studies resource, which can be accessed via the links below.
 

New Indigenous mental health web resource launched

22 February 2012

A new web resource for Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) workers is now available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.
 

Proposal to research Indigenous Australian medicines

21 February 2012

Traditional medicines that have been used by Indigenous Australians for thousands of years may eventually be sold in pharmacies and health food shops around the world, under a plan by the complementary medicines industry.
 

Water upgrades for Indigenous communities in north WA

21 February 2012

Remote Indigenous communities in the north part of Western Australia (WA) will soon have their essential water services upgraded.
 

Better support scheme for country patients in NSW

20 February 2012

Patients in Broken Hill and across New South Wales (NSW) who access the Isolated patients travel and accommodation assistance scheme (IPTAAS) will soon benefit from a significant overhaul of the current complex administration process.
 

Finalists announced, Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards

17 February 2012

The 3rd Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards 2012 finalists have now been announced.
 

HealthInfoNet consultants included in 'Ten of the best'

16 February 2012

Two of Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's consultants have been recognised for their achievements in leading outstanding health research projects in Australia in 2011.
 

Call for Indigenous incarceration rates to be addressed as part of Closing the Gap targets

16 February 2012

The Prime Minister presented the annual Closing the Gap report to Parliament on 15 February 2012.
 

3on3 gives a good vibe

16 February 2012

Hundreds of young people descended on the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre for the National Indigenous 3on3 basketball and hip hop challenge - the Vibe 3on3 on February 16.
 

Prime Minister's Closing the gap report card released today

15 February 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today launched the Government's annual report card on efforts to end Indigenous disadvantage.
 

Close the Gap Campaign says planning and partnership welcome, but significant health data gaps remain

15 February 2012

The Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee (the Campaign) today congratulated the Federal Government on its agreement to work in partnership with Indigenous peoples on a national plan to close the gap in Indigenous life expectancy.
 

Feedback wanted on NT health promotion framework

15 February 2012

Health promotion in the Northern Territory (NT) will benefit from a new Health promotion framework to be released later this year.
 

Free membership offer for Indigenous Health Workers

9 February 2012

The peak body for Indigenous Health Workers in Australia is waiving membership fees until June 30 this year.
 

New kits rolled out to tackle ear disease

7 February 2012

New resource kits to tackle ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids have been launched by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.
 

NBN delivers hearing and vision services to the bush

3 February 2012

The Government today launched the Remote hearing and vision services for children initiative, to be delivered through the the National Broadband Network (NBN).
 

Remote health pioneer retires, NT

3 February 2012

Having contributed to the health and wellbeing of Northern Territorians for more than thirty years, Central Australian identity Margie McLean has decided to pass on the baton.
 

New CEO for national Institute for Indigenous health research

3 February 2012

Australia's national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, the Lowitja Institute, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
 

Bacteria putting stop to dengue spread north of Cairns

1 February 2012

The ABC has reported that researchers hope most dengue mosquitoes at Machans Beach, north of Cairns in far north Queensland, will be unable to transmit the disease by the end of the wet season.
 

Elder from Crocodile Islands named Senior Australian of the Year

27 January 2012

Aboriginal senior elder Laurie Baymarrwangga has been honoured as the Senior Australian of the Year for preserving the culture and environment of East Arnhem Land.
 

Indigenous teens happy despite obstacles, landmark study shows

27 January 2012

The first study to investigate the happiness of Indigenous Australian teenagers has revealed a story of resilience in the face of adversity.
 

Indigenous runners now being recruited for 2012 NY marathon

25 January 2012

Seven Indigenous men and four Indigenous women have recently returned from America where they ran the world famous foot race, the New York City Marathon.
 

Clean slate without prejudice program in Redfern a success

20 January 2012

A boxing program called Clean slate without prejudice has seen good results since it began in Redfern, New South Wales, in June 2009.
 

Record number of Djirruwang Indigenous mental health graduates

12 January 2012

The new head of a unique program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) to increase the size of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workforce has ticked more than a few boxes in 2011.
 

First Noongar dentist graduates

12 January 2012

Chantel Thorn has recently graduated from The University of Western Australia (UWA) as the first Noongar dentist and the State's second Aboriginal dentist.
 

Latest edition of the Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin now online

12 January 2012

The January to March 2012 issue of the Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin is now 'in progress' and available online at www.healthbulletin.org.au.
 

Time to nominate excellent local governments (Indigenous, rural health, roads and more...)

12 January 2012

Entries are now being sought for a competition that recognises local government achievements in Indigenous community engagement, reconciliation, rural and remote health and improving services to remote communities.
 

Time to nominate for Indigenous health awards

10 January 2012

Submissions are now being sought for the third Annual Excellence in Indigenous Health Awards.
 

New Indigenous Oral Health Unit for the University of Adelaide

16 December 2011

A new research unit focusing on improving the dental health of Indigenous Australians will be officially opened at the University of Adelaide today.
 

New trust fund remembers respected Indigenous midwife

16 December 2011

Sister Alison Bush, a respected Indigenous woman and one of the longest serving and influential midwives in New South Wales, has been honoured with the launch of the Alison Bush Memorial Trust Fund recently.
 

Funding for Indigenous lung, hepatitis B and kidney research

15 December 2011

The Minister for Health, Tanya Pilbersek, today announced funding of $644,950 for nine scholarships in Indigenous health research at the Northern Territory's Menzies School of Health Research.
 

Recognition for Stolen Generations advocate

13 December 2011

A key advocate for members of the Stolen Generations has been acknowledged for her tireless work for social justice.
 

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.
 

Second anniversary of work on Alice Springs town camps

8 December 2011

In a media release today, the Australian Government celebrated the second anniversary of work commencing on the town camps under the $150 million Alice Springs transformation plan.
 

HealthInfoNet Advisory Board member to head Telethon Institute

6 December 2011

A member of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet's Advisory Board, paediatrician and infectious diseases specialist Professor Jonathan Carapetis, has been appointed Director of Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
 

Queensland transitioning to community control of Indigenous health

6 December 2011

Queensland Health is supporting the transition of primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control.
 

Award for Pilbara's Indigenous health jobs program

1 December 2011

An innovative employment program, which is helping to retain and attract Aboriginal people to the health sector in Western Australia (WA), took out a major prize at last night's 2011 WA Health Awards.
 

Warren Snowdon shaves trademark mo for Indigenous health

1 December 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has had no choice but to shave off his trademark moustache after Queensland's peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health body raised $10,000 for Movember.
 

New funding to promote better relationships in Alice Springs

30 November 2011

Women in Alice Springs will benefit from around $125,000 as part of the Government's National plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2010-2022.
 

Closing the gap should include justice targets

30 November 2011

The national advocacy organisation Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) has congratulated the Government on its positive response to the recent report about Aboriginal imprisonment, Doing time - time for doing.
 

High praise for Aboriginal Health Workers

25 November 2011

The Northern Territory's Minister for Health, Kon Vatskalis, has congratulated the recipients of this year's Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) Excellence Awards, presented at a function at Darwin's Parliament House this week.
 

Stronger Futures legislation proposed today

23 November 2011

The Government will today introduce its Stronger futures legislation into Parliament.
 

Aboriginal community foodies recognised in SA health awards

22 November 2011

The hard work and commitment to community demonstrated by the team that runs the Aboriginal community foodies program was recognised at the 2011 South Australia (SA) Health Awards this week.
 

Justin Mohamed re-elected as NACCHO Chair

16 November 2011

Mr Justin Mohamed has been re-elected to a three year term as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the national peak body for over 150 Aboriginal community controlled medical services across Australia.
 

New jobs package for remote NT includes caring for country

15 November 2011

A $19.1 million jobs package for Aboriginal people in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) was announced today.
 

New measures to tackle alcohol, jobs, education in NT

15 November 2011

The Australian Government has today announced new initiatives to tackle alcohol abuse, school attendance and employment in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT).
 

Indigenous housing program on track in the NT

15 November 2011

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments have welcomed an Australian National Audit Office report on the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory.  The report finds that a significant number of new and refurbished houses have been built under the program and that this is a positive achievement.
 

New evaluation of Northern Territory Emergency Response released

11 November 2011

An independent evaluation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) has found Aboriginal people living in remote communities in the Northern Territory feel safer and receive better levels of government services than they did four years ago.
 

Indigenous housing project wins international award

11 November 2011

A program which is giving Indigenous Australians in remote communities access to safe and well functioning housing has won a 2011 World Habitat award.
 

Indigenous social worker from WA acknowledged for remarkable contributions

10 November 2011

Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab from the Aboriginal Health and Education Unit, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, has won a 2011 Social Worker of the Year award.
 

Applications open for Indigenous youth leadership program

10 November 2011

Applications for the Indigenous youth leadership program (ILYP), commencing in June 2012, are now open.
 

NSW Aboriginal Health Awards now open for nominations

9 November 2011

Closing the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is a key priority for New South Wales (NSW).
 

WA funded for Indigenous mental health and parenting research

4 November 2011

Researchers from Perth's Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing have won more than $1.3 million in competitive funding for Indigenous mental health and parenting projects.
 

Health spending per Indigenous Australian highest in remote areas

3 November 2011

In remote and very remote areas of Australia, health spending on selected health services per person is around $2.41 for Indigenous Australians for every $1.00 spent on non-Indigenous Australians, according to a report released yesterday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

New national voice and national plan for Indigenous health

3 November 2011

The Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced the development of a new health plan for Indigenous Australians.
 

New headspace locations announced

2 November 2011

Fifteen new sites and two new outpost sites for the successful headspace youth mental health program have recently been announced.
 

Children of the Dreaming recognised for closing the gap in health

1 November 2011

An organisation based in Ipswich, Queensland, has received an award for their outstanding commitment to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
 

More Indigenous Australians accessing targeted health services

26 October 2011

There was a significant increase in the use of services targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2009-10 compared with the previous year, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 

Australia's first Indigenous psychiatrist wins top international awards

25 October 2011

Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal and Dental Health and the University of Western Australia (UWA), Helen Milroy, has won two international awards.
 

Government releases NT consultation report

24 October 2011

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin released the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory consultation report in Alice Springs last week.
 

Community controlled health sector in Queensland demonstrates real influence

20 October 2011

A new blueprint for Indigenous health reform in Queensland has just been launched by Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Partnerships Minister, Curtis Pitt.
 

New primary health care services for south-east Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

20 October 2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south-east Queensland will have better access to health checks, general practice services, dental health, allied health and follow-up care with the opening of two new clinics in Brisbane.
 

Community controlled health services get 41 new jobs

20 October 2011

Forty-one new health positions have been created across Australia as part of the Government's $805.5 million Indigenous chronic disease package.
 

$39.8 million in health and medical research to help close the gap

19 October 2011

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced 53 National Health and Medical Research Council grants focusing on Indigenous health.
 

Fourth report on remote Indigenous services details improvements in 29 remote locations

19 October 2011

The Australian Government has released the fourth six-monthly report from the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, Brian Gleeson, on the progress being made in delivering essential services to people living in the 29 priority Indigenous locations across Australia.
 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet wins Australia and New Zealand Internet Award

18 October 2011

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has won the 'diversity' category of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards (the ANZIAs) which were announced this week in Melbourne.
 

$5 million to help close the gap in Indigenous urban child health and remote primary health care

18 October 2011

In a major boost for Indigenous health research, the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) at the Australian National University has won $5 million in Commonwealth Government funding for two new Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) in primary health care.
 

Nominate now for Northern Territory (NT) 2011 Aboriginal Health Worker Excellence Awards

12 October 2011

The Northern Territory (NT) 2011 Aboriginal Health Worker Excellence Awards are now open for nominations.
 

Indigenous STI plans need evidence

7 October 2011

Indigenous health expert, James Ward from the University of New South Wales's Kirby Institute, says programs that have a proven track record must be rolled out nationally to address high rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in Aboriginal communities.
 

Indigenous theatre promotes safe sex and self-respect message

5 October 2011

A group of young performers and health workers are using their artistic skills to teach young Pilbara people about leading a healthy lifestyle.
 

School workshops encourage Indigenous kids to work in health

4 October 2011

Indigenous secondary students are being encouraged to consider pursuing a career in health, as part of the Australian Government's Attracting more people to work in Indigenous health campaign.
 

Health workers honoured at the Deadly Awards

28 September 2011

The 17th Deadly Awards were held at the Sydney Opera House on the 27 September 2011, recognising outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in sport, the arts, music and health.
 

Twenty new health services for Indigenous mums and babies funded under Closing the gap

23 September 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has announced funding for 20 new services to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their babies with better access to vital health care.
 

Productivity Commission releases supplement to 2010 Indigenous expenditure report

23 September 2011

The Productivity Commission has released a new supplement to its 2010 Indigenous expenditure report.
 

APY health plan push

22 September 2011

The women of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (APY) Lands are pressing ahead with a voluntary healthy food scheme which the SA Government has declined to support.
 

Chronic Disease Network Recognition Awards for Aboriginal Health Workers

16 September 2011

The Chronic Disease Network (CDN) Recognition Awards have been held annually since 2008.
 

Indigenous PhD and professional doctorate graduates conference

15 September 2011

The Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council (IHEAC) is holding aconference to enable Indigenous PhD and professional doctorate graduates to contribute to the current Review of Indigenous higher education.
 

APY lands to get mobile dialysis service

13 September 2011

An Aboriginal women's group says mobile dialysis trials to begin soon in South Australia's remote Aboriginal lands are a step in the right direction.
 

Funds to cut high suicide rates 'tied up'

7 September 2011

Extra Federal Government money to address the growing suicide toll in the Kimberley has been tied up in red tape instead of improving mental health services on the ground, the opposition claims.
 

'Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker' launched in the Northern Territory

6 September 2011

The important contributions made to the Aboriginal health workforce in the Northern Territory (NT) have been celebrated in Katherine with the launch of the 'Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker'.
 

Global award for Aboriginal traditional healers

30 August 2011

Two traditional Aboriginal healers, Ginger Toby and Rupert Peters, from a remote desert area in central Australia have received international psychotherapy awards in Sydney this week.
 

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: latest data

30 August 2011

The latest Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report was released on 25 August 2011.
 

Nutrition website launched for Indigenous kids

29 August 2011

The Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF) has launched a new interactive website called Thumbs up! to promote healthy eating to Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.
 

Professor Taylor honoured for dedication to eye health

22 August 2011

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) founder, Professor Hugh Taylor AC, has been appointed as a Melbourne Laureate Professor for his work in ophthalmology.
 

Council appointed to promote Indigenous health

17 August 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, announced the new membership of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council on 11 August 2011.
 

Lingiari lecture proposes systemic change to Indigenous health

4 August 2011

Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous studies at the University of Melbourne, Professor Marcia Langton, will present at the upcoming Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture in Darwin.
 

Indigenous infant mortality rates fall dramatically

4 August 2011

A new report from Australia's state and federal health ministers show some encouraging improvements in Indigenous health are being made.
 

All Stars has stunning impact on Indigenous communities

1 August 2011

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2012 Harvey Norman All Stars as Indigenous, political, sporting and social leaders gathered in Brisbane to unveil the stunning impact of rugby league based school to work programmes in Indigenous communities.
 

Preston's boots auctioned for Close the gap round

1 August 2011

Indigenous All Stars hero Preston Campbell's signed, handpainted football boots will be auctioned as part of the NRL Close the gap round (round 22 - August 5-8) to raise funds for charity.
 

New funding for 38 community projects to tackle Indigenous health challenge

29 July 2011

The Australian Government is funding 38 local Indigenous community-driven projects around the nation as part of the Live longer health campaign.
 

Mobile dental clinic van welcomed in Red Centre

28 July 2011

Indigenous Health Minister, Warren Snowdon, announced $420,000 funding for a new mobile dental clinic van which will be used to service Aboriginal people living in communities throughout the Northern Territory and South Australia border area.
 

Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support - online 24/7

27 July 2011

New self service and online options will give Australians 24/7 access to many Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services.
 

First Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to receive Crawford Prize for academic excellence

27 July 2011

Dr Kerry Arabena was awarded the prestigious JG Crawford Prize for academic excellence on 15 July 2011.
 

Push to get more Indigenous people into health careers

26 July 2011

A $4.3 million campaign has been launched to attract more Indigenous people to careers in Indigenous health.
 

Indigenous eye health program broadcast

25 July 2011

A clear view: improving Indigenous eye health will be broadcast on Tuesday 26 July 2011 via live webcast on Channel 4 at 8:00 pm (AEST) and Friday 29 July 2011 on Channel 23 at 12:30 pm (AEST).
 

High rate of hearing loss among Indigenous inmates

20 July 2011

The outcomes of a recent study of Indigenous prisoners in Darwin and Alice Springs are discussed with the co-author, Dr Damien Howard.
 

Health project tackles Indigenous diabetes

19 July 2011

The Western Desert kidney health project will visit Laverton in Western Australia's Goldfields this week with a mobile clinic to test for as well as work with the community to educate them about what causes diabetes and kidney disease.
 

New Aboriginal health board launched in the West Arnhem region

18 July 2011

The new Red Lily Health Board, based in the West Arnhem region of the Northern Territory, will give local Aboriginal people a greater say in health planning activities and priorities for their communities.
 

New DVD focuses on improving road safety for Indigenous Australians

14 July 2011

The Australian Government has launched the DVD Being safe, not sorry in conjunction with the National Road Safety Council focusing on practical ways to improve road safety for Indigenous Australians.
 

Sharing stories to improve Indigenous health care

12 July 2011

A study conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy has found that sharing stories and health information with friends and families gives strength to Indigenous Australians living with chronic illness.
 

Beliefs curse Aboriginal survival rate

12 July 2011

Aboriginal people with cancer are missing out on life-saving treatment because some see it as a curse that western medicine cannot treat, a new study shows.
 

True state of Indigenous health lost in translation

7 July 2011

Researchers working in north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory say Indigenous people are not using interpreters to understand medical advice, leading to poor health outcomes.
 

Forum spotlights rising Indigenous imprisonment

6 July 2011

A symposium of more than 120 academics and Indigenous leaders from across the country are meeting in Cairns to discuss the sentencing and punishment of Indigenous people, with one academic saying Indigenous offenders should be rehabilitated in their own communities, rather than incarcerated in mainstream prisons.
 

$9.6M campaign to tackle Indigenous hearing health

4 July 2011

The Minister for Indigenous health, Warren Snowdon, has launched a new $9.6 million national campaign to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear and hearing health.
 

Telehealth transforming health care

29 June 2011

The Gillard Government's $620 million Telehealth initiative will allow Australian patients in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas to ‘see' their specialist close to home without the time and expense of travelling to major cities.
 

Menzies School of Health Research's program on youth

27 June 2011

Dr Kate Senior from the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin is visiting Alice Springs, working on a program with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.
 

Dialysis difficult for SA Aboriginal people

27 June 2011

Kidney problems and end-stage renal disease are becoming increasingly common problems for Aboriginal people in far-north South Australia, but to get treatment they have to leave their communities and move to Adelaide or Port Augusta, more than a thousand kilometres away.
 

Cultural competency under spotlight

21 June 2011

Understanding the culture of Indigenous patients will help doctors 'close the gap' in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, says Professor David Simmons from Cambridge University.
 

Over representation of young Indigenous people in the criminal justice system needs to be urgently addressed

21 June 2011

Over representation of young Indigenous people in the criminal justice system needs to be urgently addressed.
 

Mary honoured for healthy ambition

17 June 2011

Mary Elizabeth Martin was acknowledged for her service to the Indigenous community in the Queen's birthday 2011 honours list.
 

Territory program sees kids' first teachers learn some lessons too

17 June 2011

Families as first teachers is being rolled out in Indigenous towns such as Gunbalanya throughout the Northern Territory, with a dual focus on improving parenting skills and ensuring children have the skills they need to start school.
 

Visionary new eye project brings hope to the North West

16 June 2011

A visionary new community eye surgery service was launched this week in Karratha which will benefit 12,000 people living across the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.
 

Sam is deadly serious about being heard

15 June 2011

Maroons football hero Sam Thaiday launched the My trip to hospital DVD last month, produced as part of Queensland Health's Deadly ears program, to help calm the fears of Indigenous children about having ear surgery.
 

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver honoured in Queen's birthday list

15 June 2011

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, a Jewish Indigenous woman, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year's Queen's birthday list.
 

Indigenous violence funding boost

15 June 2011

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced $1.1 million in new funding to fight against family violence in Indigenous communities.
 

Eye health resources available from ICEE

13 June 2011

Would your organisation benefit from some eye health educational resources? If so, please register your interest now to obtain one of the I see for culture resource kits.
 

Australia 'falling behind' on Indigenous literacy

9 June 2011

The Federal Government committed to halving the literacy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students several years ago, but the latest report suggests there is still a long way to go.
 

Aboriginal men march for health week

8 June 2011

Aboriginal men from all over Australia have marched down the main street of Katherine to promote men's health.
 

Pilot workshop program to improve Indigenous health to be rolled out in WA

3 June 2011

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet based at Edith Cowan University has been awarded $174,036 by Healthway.
 

TB clinic shutdown exposes islanders

3 June 2011

Federal and Queensland officials have agreed after negotiations to close tuberculosis (TB) clinics in Australia's northern border region of Torres Strait.
 

Closing the gap for Indigenous eye health an achievable vision

2 June 2011

The significant eye health and vision problems experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be eliminated to bring us one step closer to closing the gap in Indigenous health, according to two new reports from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Indigenous Studies.
 

Aboriginal doctor receives 2011 AMA excellence in health care award

2 June 2011

An Aboriginal doctor has won the Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Excellence in Health Care Award for 2011 for the development of Indigenous health workforce policy.
 

School attendance gap grows in NT

1 June 2011

The latest report card on closing the education gap in the Northern Territory shows a significant drop in school attendance in remote Aboriginal communities, despite the existence of several programs designed to get more children going to school.
 

New booklet promotes a healthier future for Aboriginal Victorians

30 May 2011

Minister for Health David Davis has launched a new booklet to help health services tackle chronic disease among Aboriginal Victorians and promote healthy living.
 

Eye health funding for WA, NT, SA and NSW

27 May 2011

Funding for the purchase of eye health testing and treatment equipment for mobile health teams in Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales has been announced by the Minister for Indigenous Health.
 

Healthy food on the menu

23 May 2011

The newly launched The Wilcannia kids cookbook features recipes which have been tried and tested by local Aboriginal students at Wilcannia Central School over the past 18 months.
 

More doctors urged to help close the gap

23 May 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is meeting in Darwin this week to discuss ways aimed at closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
 

AMA Indigenous scholarship winner has his heart set on tackling chronic disease

23 May 2011

Young Aboriginal man Murray Haar, was awarded AMA Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship for 2011.
 

Blindness still a threat in remote areas

20 May 2011

The International Centre for Eye Care Education have found Indigenous people are six times more likely to go blind compared to non-Indigenous people.
 

Language problems stifle Indigenous dementia help

19 May 2011

The Alzheimer's Australia's national conference being held in Brisbane has heard calls for an increase in federal funding for dementia services and to raise awareness about dementia in Indigenous communities.
 

Inquiry to probe PBS distribution to remote communities

16 May 2011

The Federal Government has launched a Senate committee inquiry into the effectiveness of supplying Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines to remote Aboriginal health services.
 

Budget 2011-12: information relevant to mental health and related health services

12 May 2011

The Government has announced it will be committing a $2.2 billion package over five years towards funding mental health initiatives in the new 2011-12 budget, including investments in hospitals and health services.
 

Budget 2011-12: information of relevance to Indigenous health

11 May 2011

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan delivered his third Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 11 May 2011.
 

New report on Indigenous health released from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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 statistics prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
 

Professor Cindy Shannon appointed University of Queensland's inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor for Indigenous education

18 April 2011

Professor Cindy Shannon has been appointed the University of Queensland's inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous education.
 

Professor Shane Houston appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney's Indigenous Strategy and Services

18 April 2011

Professor Shane Houston has been appointed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Strategy and Services at the University of Sydney.
 

Boost in funding for Aboriginal health partnership for AHCWA

13 April 2011

Health Minister Kim Hames has announced that an additional $500,000 will be invested into the partnership between the Department of Health and the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA), over three years.
 

Raising the profile of Indigenous lung health

24 March 2011

The respiratory team of the Child Health Division of the Menzies School of Health Research in collaboration with the Lung Foundation, Asthma Australia and the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will work together to raise the profile of Indigenous lung health.
 

Aboriginal Health Workers and National Registration

9 March 2011

On 1 July 2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners will join the national registration and accreditation scheme (the national scheme).  The national scheme commenced on the 1 July 2010 when the first 10 health professions moved from state and territory based registration.
 

Professor Ian Anderson commences new role as Director of Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, University of Melbourne

3 March 2011

Professor Ian Anderson has taken up his new role as Director of Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, University of Melbourne.
 

Formation of the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists, Inc. (NAATSIP) announced

3 March 2011

The National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists, Inc.
 

Closing the gap Prime Minister's report 2011 released

9 February 2011

The Closing the gap Prime Minister's report 2011 has been released today, the 9th of February 2011.
 

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

8 February 2011

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report on substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, focusing on the three main areas of tobacco use, alcohol consumption and illicit drug use (including petrol sniffing).
 

Reductions in the levels of pneumonia for Indigenous Australian children

3 February 2011

The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has released a new report showing that the pneumococcal vaccine program has contributed to 'closing the gap' in the levels of pneumonia between Indigenous children and non-Indigenous children in Australia.
 

Aboriginal health organisations to receive support in the form of $5.6 million

31 January 2011

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon, has announced that 85 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisations in Australia will receive funds to achieve accreditation.
 

Brisbane conference focuses on reducing Indigenous cancer rates

8 December 2010

A conference was held in Brisbane 3 December 2010 to address the rates of cancer among Indigenous Australians.
 

Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon launches a national workforce to address Indigenous smoking and to improve health

8 December 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon has launched a new national workforce in Canberra (8 December 2010).
 

New dental training clinics to be set up in southern Queensland in 2011

7 December 2010

The University of Queensland together with the Goondir Indigenous Health Service will create new dental training clinics in Dalby and St George in south Queensland next year.
 

Indigenous 15 year olds 2 years behind non-Indigenous students in education

7 December 2010

The 2009 OECD Program for International Student Assessment National Report was released on 7th of December 2010.
 

Medical equipment provided to help reduce the rate of hearing loss among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

1 December 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowdon, has announced that the Australian Government will be providing more than 400 pieces of specialised ear equipment to help reduce hearing loss among Indigenous Australian children.
 

Menzies School of Health Research celebrates its 25th anniversary

1 December 2010

Menzies School of Health Research, with offices based in Darwin and Alice Springs, are celebrating their 25th anniversary.
 

Indigenous academic shortlisted for 2011 Australian of the year awards

26 November 2010

Indigenous academic, Professor Larissa Behrendt has been named the New South Wales Australian of the year for her work on Indigenous human rights issues.
 

Minister announces $24 million to 'close the gap' in Indigenous literacy and numeracy

11 November 2010

The Minister for School Education Peter Garrett has announced $24 million in funding for 15 new intensive literacy and numeracy projects.
 

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution

8 November 2010

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that the Federal Government will set up an independent panel of experts to advise on the best way to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution.
 

Indigenous Australians ready to run the 42km New York City Marathon

27 October 2010

Later this week, four Indigenous people from remote communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory will set off to New York City for the 42km marathon.
 

Anangu traditional owners celebrate the 25th anniversary of the handback of Uluru-Kata Tjuta in central Australia

26 October 2010

The Anangu traditional owners today (26 October 2010) celebrate the 25th anniversary of the handback of Uluru-Kata Tjuta in central Australia.
 

Six million watch Aboriginal teen address the nation on closing the gap

25 October 2010

Generation One aired a two minute speech by Aboriginal schoolgirl Madeleine Madden on free-to-air stations on October 24th using over four million dollars of donated airtime.
 

Dementia risk factors higlighted in new study

21 October 2010

A new study conducted in the Kimberley region of Western Australia identifies several risk factors for dementia for Indigenous Australians living in remote communties.
 

Yandeyarra, Western Australia, the first Aboriginal community to sign a housing management agreement with the West Australian Government

20 October 2010

Yandeyarra Aboriginal Community in Western Australia is the first Aboriginal community to sign a housing management agreement with the West Australian Government.
 

The Fred Hollows Foundation announces a week-long Indigenous eye intensive

18 October 2010

The Fred Hollows Foundation launches a week long eye intensive for Indigenous people in need of cataract surgery living in remote areas of Central Australia.
 

2010 Deadly Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

29 September 2010

The 16th Deadly Awards were held at the Sydney Opera House on the 27 September 2010, recognising outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in sport, the arts, music and health.
 

Mr Ken Wyatt welcomed to Parliament in traditional ceremony

29 September 2010

At the 21 August 2010 election, Mr Ken Wyatt became the first Indigenous Australian member of Parliament's lower house, as the Western Australian Liberal member for the seat of Hasluck.
 

Launch of new Indigenous Business Directory inguides

15 September 2010

The first online Indigenous service and business directory inguides has been launched in Australia.
 

The Hon. Warren Snowdon MP appointed as Minister for Indigenous Health

15 September 2010

The Federal Government has announced that The Hon.
 

Launch of Dictionary of anatomy - Dhäruk mala ga mayali' rumbalpuy

8 September 2010

The first dictionary translating anatomical and medical terms from English to an ancient Aboriginal language was launched on 7 September at the Northern Territory library.
 

Aboriginal Health Worker receives top praise

26 August 2010

Phyllis Tighe from Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Limited (WAMS) in western NSW has received the 2010 Director General's Award for Aboriginal Health.
 

4 August 2010 - National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day

4 August 2010

National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day (NAICD) is an annual event celebrated on 4 August each year.
 

New Aboriginal Health Centre of Research Excellence

21 July 2010

The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has been awarded a Centre of Research Excellence award to lead research into Aboriginal health and wellbeing.
 

Fetal alcohol study set up

17 July 2010

Marulu: The Lililwan Project, launched on Saturday the 17 July 2010, is Australia's first study into the prevalence and impact of foetal alcohol sprectrum disorder among Indigenous children.
 

New national Indigenous sexual health program

14 July 2010

The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) has received Commonwealth funding to develop and execute a national program aimed at improving the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

NAIDOC week and awards: 4-11 July 2010

2 July 2010

NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
 

Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy released

14 June 2010

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Warren Snowden, has launched the Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2010 - 2013.
 

$4.3 Million funding boost to Indigenous health IT services

14 June 2010

Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon has announced funding of $4.3 million to allow a number of Aboriginal Health bodies to improve and upgrade their information technology capability.
 

Cancer Council develops new national resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

11 June 2010

The Cancer Council NSW in partnership with the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council NSW has developed new national resources including a book titled: Aboriginal cancer journeys: our stories of kinship, hope and survival.
 

New report released: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

28 May 2010

The latest results from national statistical collections on the health and wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous population have been revealed today with the release of The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2010.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health strategy released

21 May 2010

The first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health strategy was launched on 19 May 2010 at the 6th Australian Women's Health Conference in Hobart.
 

Senate Committee releases report into Hearing Health

13 May 2010

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee has tabled its report about hearing health.
 

Launch of Australia's first National Male Health Policy

6 May 2010

The first National Male Health Policy has been developed through extensive consultation with health services, health professionals, and men themselves in 26 public forums attended by 1,300 people.
 

First Indigenous Australian woman elected to a United Nations body

30 April 2010

Countries in the UN's Economic and Social Council have elected Megan Davis to become a member of the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
 

New website available to promote self management of diabetes among Indigenous people

29 April 2010

A new website is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and health workers to promote self management of type 2 diabetes.
 

Website and resource set about the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package

29 April 2010

The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package is a vital part of the Australian Government's response to closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.
 

Solid Kids, Solid Schools website addresses bullying

28 April 2010

The Solid Kids, Solid Schools website (www.solidkids.net.au) was launched on Wednesday, 28th April at a community gathering at Beachlands Primary School in Geraldton, Western Australia.
 

Nationwide review of investment into Indigenous drug and alcohol programs

14 April 2010

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) today released a report identifying the areas of greatest need to address harmful Indigenous alcohol and other drug use.
 

Congress Lowitja meets for the first time

29 March 2010

The first meeting of Congress Lowitja, held at the Aboriginal Health College at Little Bay in Sydney on 23 and 24 March, provided the opportunity for stakeholders to consider the Lowitja Institute's research agenda in the context of Indigenous health developments and the experiences of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) and its predecessor, the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health (CRCATH).
 

New funds to support purple house and expand renal care in central Australia

18 March 2010

At the 2010 Medicines Australia Parliamentary dinner, the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP announced a funding boost of $1 million a year to expand renal care available for Aboriginal patients from remote areas of Central Australia.
 

Indigenous women get voice in Canberra

15 March 2010

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin announced the establishment of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance during her opening address at Straight Talk 2010 on 9 March 2010.
 

$10.7 Million and a new national coordinator announced to tackle Indigenous smoking

11 March 2010

The Federal Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, has announced the 14 sites across Australia to receive funding from the $10.7 million availavle under the Australian Government's Indigenous Tobacco Control Initiative.
 

Australian Government announces funding for Opal roll out across Western Australia

5 March 2010

The Australian Government has announced the allocation of an additional $2.3 million dollars to roll out Opal fuel in the Goldfields region of Western Australia to help curb petrol sniffing in the region's communities.
 

Mick Gooda commenced his five-year term as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

15 February 2010

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Cathy Branson QC, has welcomed Mr Mick Gooda who commenced his five-year term with the Human Rights Commission as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association formally acknowledged

1 February 2010

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSIHWA) has been formally launched by the Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon on Friday 29 January 2010.
 

RHDAustralia: a national approach to rheumatic heart disease prevention and management

25 January 2010

The Federal Government has announced that it will spend $2.5 million to help combat rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and acute rheumatic fever (ARF), through the establishment of RHDAustralia, a new centre dedicated to prevention and management of the disease.
 

Social justice and native title reports released

25 January 2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, released the sixth Social Justice and Native Title reports on 22 January 2010.
 

Ethics Council established for the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

15 January 2010

The inaugural Ethics Council has been established for the new representative body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
 

Mick Gooda to be the new Social Justice Commissioner

16 December 2009

Mr Gooda will be the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, replacing Tom Calma who has been in the position since 2004.
 

New National Congress of Australia's First Peoples announced

23 November 2009

Tom Calma has announced that a new national Indigenous representative body will be called the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
 

Report of remote stores inquiry tabled in Parliament

17 November 2009

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has tabled the report of its inquiry into remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stores entitled Everybody's Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Stores.
 

New Chair elected to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

13 November 2009

A new Chair, Mr Justin Mohamed, has been elected to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the national peak body for over 145 Aboriginal community controlled medical services.
 

2009 AMA Indigenous report card focuses on Indigenous male health

10 November 2009

The eighth Australian Medical Association (AMA) Indigenous Health Report Card was launched in Darwin today by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, and AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2008 released

30 October 2009

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released initial information from the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).
 

Deadlys Award 2009 for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

19 October 2009

The Deadly Awards have again highlighted the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
 

H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccination program commences

5 October 2009

The H1N1 (Swine flu) vaccine is now available for all Indigenous people aged 10 years and older.
 

Healing Foundation Development Team releases report

25 September 2009

The Healing Foundation Development Team has released the report Voices from the campfires: Establishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.
 

Experimental estimates and projections for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations released

9 September 2009

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the Experimental estimates and projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991 to 2021.
 

National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care - One21seventy

23 August 2009

A new centre has been launched to support primary health care centres in delivering high quality care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 

Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council re-established

10 August 2009

Western Australian Indigenous Affairs Minister Kim Hames today announced the 12 members of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC).
 

Report: Indigenous housing indicators 2007-08 released

5 August 2009

The Indigenous housing indicators 2007-08 report was released recently.
 

Indigenous Australians honoured at the 2009 NAIDOC awards

13 July 2009

At the end of every NAIDOC Week, the National NAIDOC Awards are announced at a ceremony and ball held in the national focus city.
 

Indigenous disadvantage: COAG meeting and key report released

3 July 2009

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) met on 2 July 2009 in Darwin, to discuss further measures to overcome Indigenous disadvantage.
 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association formed

17 June 2009

May 2009 saw the formation of the interim Board of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Association.
 

New portfolio announced for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery

9 June 2009

A new portfolio for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery has been created in a Federal Government Cabinet shuffle.
 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation consultations begin

29 May 2009

The Healing Foundation Development Team has begun conducting community workshops across Australia to listen to ideas for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.
 

New estimates of Indigenous life expectancy

25 May 2009

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has produced substantially revised estimates of the life expectancy of Indigenous people in Australia.
 

The Australian Government Budget 2009-10: information of relevance to Indigenous health

13 May 2009

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2009.
 

2009 Native Title and Social Justice Reports released

4 May 2009

The annual Native Title and Social Justice Reports were released in Sydney on 4 May 2009.
 

Government grant for new Centre for Excellence in Aboriginal health

22 April 2009

The Rudd Government has allocated $2.5 million to establish a Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health at the University of New South Wales.
 

Russell Taylor new CEO (Principal) at AIATSIS

9 April 2009

Russell Taylor has been appointed as the new Chief Executive (Principal) at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet launches new-look website

10 March 2009

The 10th March 2009 saw the upgrade of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website go live.
 

Professor Mick Dodson named Australian of the Year 2009

24 February 2009

Indigenous leader, Professor Mick Dodson AM, has been named Australian of the Year 2009.
 

Charles Darwin University appoints Steven Larkin to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership

18 February 2009

Charles Darwin University has appointed Indigenous studies academic Steve Larkin to the position of Pro Vice Chancellor.
 

Jimmy Little memorial service and concert, May 3rd

A state memorial service and a celebration concert in honour of the late James Oswald Little AO (Jimmy Little) will take place on Thursday 3 May at the Sydney Opera House.
 

National Lead Clinicians Group - 2014 Awards for excellence now open

The National Lead Clinicians Group - 2014 Awards for excellence are now open.
 

Working for a healthier Indigenous Australia

Date posted 25 August 2014 Years of experience in the field of Indigenous health will guide Romlie Mokak as he establishes himself in his new role leading the Lowitja Institute, Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
 
 
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