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2014

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: first national results June 2012 to June 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This is the first national report on the Indigenous primary health-care national key performance indicators data collection. It covers all the indicators collected since June 2012, and presents data analysed at the national level by jurisdiction, remoteness, and organisational size. The data are collected from over 200 primary health-care organisations receiving funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The purpose of the indicators is to improve the delivery of primary health-care services by supporting continuous quality improvement activity among service providers. The indicators also support policy and planning at the national and state/territory level by monitoring progress and highlighting areas for improvement.

The 19 indicators presented in this report focus on chronic disease prevention and management and on maternal and child health. The indicators provide information on both process of care indicators and health outcomes for clients.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Boardman C (2014)

National rheumatic fever strategy – the role of RHDAustralia.

: RHDAustralia

Ludlow M, Mathew T (2014)

State of the nation : chronic kidney disease in Australia.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

2013

Edwards L (2013)

NT chronic conditions prevention and management strategy annual report 2011.

The Chronicle; 25(1): 29-30

2012

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2012)

Healthy lifestyle programs for physical activity and nutrition.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report assesses the evidence regarding the effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition intervention programs in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in Indigenous communities. The report also describes the burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease) affecting Indigenous Australians and assesses strategies that have the potential to be affective.

The authors conclude from the evidence that healthy lifestyle programs can help to combat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In particular, the programs that were found to be most effective were community-based projects that were initiated and managed by the communities in which they were run. Individual, family and group-based Indigenous healthy lifestyle projects were found to have positive effects in the short term (up to two years). It is not known whether these effects are sustained in the long term as few programs have both the resources and impetus to continue long term.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Higgins R, Murphy B, Worcester M, Daffey A (2012)

Supporting chronic disease self-management: translating policies and principles into clinical practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(1): 80-87

Macklin J (2012)

Continuing our efforts to close the gap: Ministerial statements 2012-13.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2012)

The Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease: 2nd edition.

Winnellie, NT: Menzies School of Health Research

This report by Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Australia is the second edition of an evidence based review of the diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD in Australia.

RHDAustralia considers this document to be the main source of information to guide all aspects of RHD management, prevention and control across Australia.

The key aims of the document are to:

  • identify the standard of care, including preventative care, which should be available to all people
  • identify areas where current management strategies may not be in line with available evidence
  • in the interest of equity, ensure that high risk populations receive the the same standard of care as that available to other Australians.

The guideline is split into five sections:

  • overview of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
  • primordial and primary prevention of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease
  • diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever
  • secondary prevention and rheumatic heart disease control programs
  • diagnosis and management of rheumatic heart disease.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2010

Chronic Care for Aboriginal People Program (2010)

Chronic care for Aboriginal people: model of care.

Sydney: Department of Health, New South Wales

Closing The Gap: Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease (2010)

Indigenous chronic disease package: monitoring and evaluation framework.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

National Heart Foundation of Australia, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (2010)

Better hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing heart attack.

Canberra: National Heart Foundation of Australia

2009

Council of Australian Governments (2009)

National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

Croft C (2009)

Chronic conditions prevention and management strategy 2010-2020.

The Chronicle; 15(4): 31

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (2009)

Revision of the preventable chronic disease strategy: a comparison of chronic disease frameworks and models of care.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (2009)

Revision of the preventable chronic disease strategy: background paper: preventable chronic diseases in Aboriginal populations.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

2006

National Public Health Partnership (2006)

Blueprint for nation-wide surveillance of chronic diseases and associated determinants.

Melbourne: Department of Health and Ageing

New South Wales Department of Health (2006)

NSW chronic care program phase three: 2006–2009, NSW chronic disease strategy: executive summary.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Health

 
Last updated: 19 November 2014
 
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