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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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New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

New coalition to end RHD once and for all

9 December 2016

Six leading health organisations have joined a new coalition to end rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today.

Australian Government opens first Health Care Homes grant round

7 November 2016

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced that medical practices in ten Primary Health Network regions around Australia can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.

Significantly higher disease burden for Indigenous Australians - but improvements made

26 September 2016

A new report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face a substantially higher disease burden than non-Indigenous Australians, improvements have been seen, with more possible.

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.

Chronic care finds new home in Medicare

26 August 2016

The Australian Government announced this week the ten regions across the country that will participate in stage one of the Health Care Homes model for delivering Medicare to Australians with chronic illness.

New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

30 June 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce.

Funding boost for NT health research

1 June 2016

Menzies School of Health Research will receive an additional $5 million in the Northern Territory (NT) Budget 2016 to increase support to fund research that is delivering strong economic and health returns for the Territory.

National strategic framework for chronic conditions: online public consultation on the second draft

18 May 2016

Chronic conditions are long-term public health problems that have ongoing effects.

Australian Government announces $129.4 million in grants to support medical research

3 March 2016

The Turnbull Government has awarded $129.4 million in grants to Australia's preeminent researchers, helping fund Australia's commitment to fostering health and medical research.

NT telehealth trial has saved time, money and improved access to care

1 March 2016

An independent evaluation of the Northern Territory's (NT) telehealth trial has recommended that the project continue and that the telehealth network be developed further until the services are embedded into routine practice.  The NT Department of Health began the trial in June 2014 to provide telehealth service to clinics in the Katherine, Barkly and Central Australian regions from their hospital specialists in Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin.

We can close the Indigenous nutrition gap - here's how

19 February 2016

Nutrition is finally being recognised as integral to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

New Closing the gap annual reports show limited progress in meeting targets

10 February 2016

Two critical reports were released this week, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2016, and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Tackling Indigenous smoking - regional tobacco control grants (2015-2018)

12 January 2016

The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) regional tobacco control grants are aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through population health activities to reduce tobacco use.

Department of Health inviting feedback on discussion paper addressing care of patients with chronic and complex conditions

6 August 2015

The Department of Health has released an options discussion paper, Better outcomes for people living with chronic and complex health conditions through primary health care, and is inviting feedback from patients, health professionals and interested parties.

New report sets benchmarks to measure cardiac care and outcomes for Indigenous people

4 August 2015

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that there have been some improvements in cardiac care, and lower death rates from cardiac conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aurukun kids get healthier start to school life

19 May 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council carried out 127 health screenings for students at the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy in community.

Report released: Australian burden of disease study: fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010

10 April 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has recently released their second report in the Australian burden of disease study series.

Poche Indigenous health centre opens in Queensland

11 March 2015

Improving health outcomes for urban Indigenous people will be the focus of the new University of Queensland (UQ) Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, opened officially this week.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Indigenous use of aged care services far less than that of wider population

29 January 2015

Indigenous Australians seek aged care services at just over one-third the rate of the wider population, a Productivity Commission report has found, despite requiring aged care facilities earlier due to high rates of disability and chronic disease.

Tour Da Country ends at Albion Park

1 December 2014

The 2014 Tour Da Country riders finished their final stage of their journey last Friday and celebrated with local community members at a family fun day in Albion Park, Albury, New South Wales.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Dr Calma urges support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survey

11 November 2014

Specially trained interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have started collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS).

National approach needed to improve specialist care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

6 October 2014

Despite a higher burden of illness and chronic disease, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access fewer Medicare-rebated specialist services than non-Indigenous people, prompting calls from a peak medical group for a national approach to address the inequity.

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

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.

Skin sores research to improve health of children

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.

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.

Australian Indigenous ClinicalInfoNet survey open

11 April 2014

The Australian Indigenous ClinicalInfoNet is a web resource for primary health care workers to assist in the prevention and management of chronic disease in Indigenous patients.

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.
Last updated: 20 February 2017
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