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2017

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Retrieved 3/3/2017 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent indicators of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information focuses on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

Two new sections are featured in this edition of the Overview. With the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them home report a section has been dedicated to Healing which highlights the contribution of healing workers and organisations to supporting people, families and communities impacted by the Stolen Generations. Environmental health with its important link to the social determinants of health is also included for the first time in the Overview 2016.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lindeman M, Mackell P, Lin X, Farthing A, Jensen H, Meredith M, Haralambous B (2017)

Role of art centres for Aboriginal Australians living with dementia in remote communities.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; 36(2): 128-133

Radford K, Delbaere K, Draper B, Mack HA, Daylight G, Cumming R, Chalkley S, Minogue C, Broe GA (2017)

Childhood stress and adversity is associated with late-life dementia in Aboriginal Australians.

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry; In press(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2017.05.008):

2016

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

Causes of death, Australia, 2014.

Retrieved 8 March 2016 from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3303.0?OpenDocument

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

Causes of Death, Australia, 2014: Deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians [data cube].

Retrieved 8 March 2016 from http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/subscriber.nsf/log?openagent&3303_12%20%20deaths%20of%20aboriginal%20and%20torres%20strait%20islander%20australians.xls&3303.0&Data%20Cubes&08B86273CE567D48CA257F6F000D440E&0&2014&08.03.2016&Latest

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

LoGiudice D (2016)

The health of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12332):

Smith K, Flicker L, Atkinson D, Dwyer A, Lautenschlager NT, Thomas J, Almeida OP, LoGiudice D (2016)

The KICA Carer: informant information to enhance the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment.

International Psychogeriatrics; 28(1): 101-107

2015

Flicker L, Logiudice D (2015)

What can we learn about dementia from research in Indigenous populations?.

International Psychogeriatrics; 27(12): 1957-1958

Gabriel M, Faulkner D, Stirling C (2015)

Housing priorities of people with dementia: security, continuity and support.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Radford K, Mack HA, Draper B, Chalkley S, Daylight G, Cumming R, Bennett H, Delbaere K, Broe GA (2015)

Prevalence of dementia in urban and regional Aboriginal Australians.

Alzheimer's & Dementia; 11(3): 271-279

Radford K, Mack HA, Draper B, Chalkley S, Delbaere K, Daylight G, Cumming RG, Bennett H, Broe GA (2015)

Comparison of three cognitive screening tools in older urban and regional Aboriginal Australians.

Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders; 40(1-2): 22-32

Warren LA, Shi Q, Young K, Borenstein A, Martiniuk A (2015)

Prevalence and incidence of dementia among indigenous populations: a systematic review.

International Psychogeriatrics; First View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1041610215000861): 1-12

2014

Arkles R (2014)

'Between shadow and light': a hermeneutic inquiry of Aboriginal families' meaningful world of caring, ageing and dementia.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of New South Wales: Sydney

Flicker L, Holdsworth K (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and dementia: a review of the research.

Canberra: Alzheimer's Australia

Katzenellenbogen JM, Knuiman MW, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MS, Thompson SC (2014)

Prevalence of stroke and coexistent conditions: disparities between Indigenous and nonIndigenous Western Australians.

International Journal of Stroke; 9(Supplement A100): 61–68

Parker RM (2014)

Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: editorial.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(8): 435-436

Qin Li SQ, Guthridge S, Aratchige PE, Lowe MP, Wang Z, Zhao Y, Krause V (2014)

Dementia prevalence and incidence among the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations of the Northern Territory.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(8): 465-469

Radford K, Mack HA, Robertson H, Draper B, Chalkley S, Daylight G, Cumming R, Bennett H, Jackson Pulver L, Broe GA (2014)

The Koori Growing Old Well Study: investigating aging and dementia in urban Aboriginal Australians.

International Psychogeriatrics; 26(6): 1033-1043

Sansoni J, Duncan C, Grootemaat P, Samsa P, Capell J (2014)

Younger onset dementia: a literature review.

Melbourne: Australian Health Services Research Institue

Shelley BP (2014)

Targeting brain-health from "cradle to grave": can we prevent or delay dementia?.

Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences; 2(1): 87-95

You EC, Dunt DR, White V, Hoorn SV, Doyle C (2014)

Risk of death or hospital admission among community-dwelling older adults living with dementia in Australia.

BMC Geriatrics; 14: 71

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-14-71

2013

Dwyer AL (2013)

The brain painting: “the snake eating away the life of your memory”.

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(5): 287

This resource was developed to assist health promotion activities in the area of dementia in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

The painting depicts the brain and 'the snake eating away the life of your memory' to represent dementia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Farrow M, Ellis K (2013)

Physical activity for brain health and fighting dementia.

Canberra: Alzheimer's Australia

LoGiudice D, Gibson S, Savvas S (2013)

Indigenous cognitive assessment - modification and validation of the KICA in Victoria. Phase 1. Final report February 2013.

Melbourne: National Ageing Research Institute

Standing Committee on Health and Ageing (2013)

Thinking Ahead: report on the inquiry into dementia: early diagnosis and intervention.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia, Inquiry into Dementia: Early diagnosis and Intervention

Wall S, Koori Growing Old Well Study Project Team (2013)

Working with older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Paddington, NSW: Benevolent Society

This briefing presents evidence from research to guide mainstream community aged care organisations and practitioners on working in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Topics covered by the briefing include:

  • history and culture
    • relationships
    • Elders
    • carers
  • health and wellbeing of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • demographics and life expectancy
    • intergenerational disadvantage and other factors contributing to the gap in life expectancy
    • resilience
    • dementia and Alzheimer's disease
  • community care services for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • access to community care services
    • time
    • communication
    • person-centred care
    • end of life.

The briefing includes a discussion guide to prompt readers to reflect on how the material in the briefing could be applied in practice. The briefing was prepared by Sharon Wall and the Koori growing old well study project team at Neuroscience Research Australia, in partnership with The Benevolent Society.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2012

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian social trends, December 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

National ageing and aged care strategy for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

Living longer. Living better..

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Dementia in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report uses a combination of recent data and information on trends over time to provide a comprehensive illustration of dementia in Australia. Dementia is regarded as a major health concern for Australia and with population ageing and growth, will pose multiple challenges to the health and aged care systems in the coming years. This report describes: the characteristics of people with dementia; the prevalence, mortality, and burden of disease associated with dementia; the use of health and aged care services by dementia sufferers; the characteristics of carers of people with dementia; and expenditure on dementia in Australia. With the number of people with dementia in Australia expected to triple between 2011 and 2050, this report is timely in providing crucial information for policymaking and service planning.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Brady M (2012)

The grog book: strengthening Indigenous community action on alcohol (revised edition).

Revised ed. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This book was developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to tackle the effects that grog has on their communities. The book has eight chapters on: history; alcohol; action; prevention; controls; strategies; care and handouts. For each chapter there is:

  • a list of contents
  • a key word (chapter title) tab
  • a colour coded tab
  • colourful pictures that relate to the topic
  • colour coded arrows which allow the user to find other topics within the book which deal with the same issue
  • a list of resources that might be helpful to learn more about an issue

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Brown J-A, Sait K, Meltzer A, Fisher KR, Thompson D, Faine R (2012)

Service and support requirements of people with younger onset dementia and their families: final report, August, 2012.

Sydney: NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care

This report outlines research undertaken by Alzheimer's Australia NSW (AlzNSW) in 2011 that sought to identify the service and support requirements of people with younger onset dementia and their families in New South Wales.

Younger onset dementia is defined as dementia which occurs before the age of 65 years and under 50 years for Indigenous people, and it is recognised that people with younger onset dementia have service requirements that differ from those of older people with dementia.

This research collected data from people with younger onset dementia, their family members and carers, and service providers, using roundtables, interviews and surveys. The findings describe the experiences of people with younger onset dementia and that of their families and carers, and are presented in three parts:

  • identifying younger onset dementia
  • experience of support services, and
  • services in the later stages of dementia.

The report concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for policy and presents strategies to address key areas of need.

Adapted from Ageing, Disability and Home Care, New South Wales

Burns K, Jayasinha R, Tsang R, Brodaty H (2012)

Behaviour management – a guide to good practice: managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Sydney: Dementia Collaborative Research Centre

These guidelines provide information for Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) clinicians in assisting residential aged care facility staff, community care staff and family members caring for persons with dementia, who present with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

The guidelines outline information on:

  • DBMAS behaviour management process
  • general behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • aggression
  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • apathy
  • depression
  • disinhibited behaviours
  • nocturnal disruption
  • psychotic symptoms
  • vocally disruptive behaviours
  • wandering.

Abstract adapted from Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service

Flicker L, Reilly P (2012)

Remote dementia carers stressed and overworked [radio interview].

: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association

Greenway-Crombie A, Snow P, Disler P, Davis S, Pond D (2012)

Influence of rurality on diagnosing dementia in Australian general practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(3): 178-184

Jackson Pulver L, Broe GA, Grayson D, Chalkley S, Flicker L, Daylight G, Mack H, Radford K (2012)

Dementia screening for urban Aboriginal Australians: the modified Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (mKICA).

Sydney: Dementia Collaborative Research Centres

Jensen H, Bell D, Flicker L, LoGiudice D, Lindeman M, Atkinson D, Smith K (2012)

Dementia service coordination in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia.

Perth: Western Australia Centre for Health and Ageing, University of Western Australia

Lindeman MA, Taylor KA, Kuipers P, Stothers K, Piper K (2012)

'We don't have anyone with dementia here': A case for better intersectoral collaboration for remote Indigenous clients with dementia.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20(4): 190-194

Logiudice D, Smith K, Atkinson D, Carroll E, Schaper F, Shadforth G, Murphy R, Lautenschlager N, Flicker L (2012)

Lungurra Ngoora: a pilot model of care for aged and disabled in a remote Australian Aboriginal community - can it work?.

Alzheimer's & Dementia; 8(4, supplement): P384

LoGiudice DC, Smith K, Shadforth G, Lindeman CE, Atkinson D, Schaper F, Lautenschlager N, Murphy R, Flicker L (2012)

Lungurra Ngoora - a pilot model of care for aged and disabled in a remote Aboriginal community – can it work?.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 2078

Retrieved 24 December 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2078

This study explored the development and implementation of a locally designed community service model of care for older people, and people with disability and/or mental health problems in remote Aboriginal Australia.

Based on extensive community consultation with older people, families, carers, community members and stakeholders, a model of care was developed to address unmet needs for the target population and their carers in the remote community of Looma, in the Kimberley region of Australia. The model was implemented and evaluated over 12 months.

The Lungurra Ngoora community care service model pilot project demonstrated a successful collaborative service model that addressed the care needs of older persons, those with disability and mental illness, and their carers in this remote community. The developmental approach, and model structure, could serve as a template for future delivery of services in remote Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from Rural and Remote Health

McLeod T, Nolan J, Dewing J (2012)

The Kuranya/‘Rainbow' service for Indigenous Australians, in New South Wales: innovative practice.

Dementia; 11(5): 703-706

Price J (2012)

Indigenous cognitive assessment.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 34-35

Taylor K, Lindeman M, Kuipers P, Stothers K, Piper K (2012)

Intercultural communications in remote Aboriginal Australian communities: what works in dementia education and management?.

Health Sociology Review; 21(2): 208-219

World Health Organization, Alzheimer's Disease International (2012)

Dementia: a public health priority.

Geneva: World Health Organization

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Comparing an SLK-based and a name-based data linkage strategy: an investigation into the PIAC linkage.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Dementia among aged care residents: first information from the Aged Care Funding Instrument.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2011)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This factsheet contains information on older Indigenous people in Australia, including:

  • the number of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the population
  • their specific health care and support needs
  • where they live
  • how their needs are being met.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The Hospital Dementia Services Project: a study description.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Trends in palliative care in Australian hospitals.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Brooke NJ (2011)

Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients residing in Australian residential aged-care facilities.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 19(4): 166-170

Fisher D (2011)

Wandering in the dreamtime.

Australian Ageing Agenda; (May-June 2011): 28-30

Frontier Services NT Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) (2011)

New dementia resource for remote Indigenous carers.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(5): 25

Garvey G, Simmonds D, Clements V, O'Rourke P, Sullivan K, Gorman D, Curnow V, Wise S, Beattie E (2011)

Making sense of dementia: understanding among Indigenous Australians.

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry; 26(6): 649–656

Garvey G, Simmonds D, Clements V, O'Rourke P, Whop L, Sullivan K, Gorman D, Curnow V, Wise S, Beattie E (2011)

Understanding dementia amongst Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(2): 16-18

Kowal P, Gibson R, Wutzke S, Smith K, Cotter P, Strivens E, Lindeman M, LoGiudice D, Broe G (2011)

Roundtable discussion: data on ageing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

World Medical & Health Policy; 3(3): 7

Retrieved from http://www.psocommons.org/wmhp/vol3/iss3/art7/

LoGiudice D, Strivens E, Smith K, Stevenson M, Atkinson D, Dwyer A, Lautenschlager N, Almeida OA, Flicker L (2011)

The KICA screen: the psychometric properties of a shortened version of the KICA (Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment).

Australasian Journal on Ageing; 30(4): 215–219

Productivity Commission (2011)

Caring for older Australians: draft report.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Productivity Commission (2011)

Caring for older Australians: Inquiry report.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

The Caring for older Australians: inquiry report follows the Government's request for the Productivity Commission to develop detailed options for redesigning Australia's aged care system in order to meet the challenges facing it in coming decades. The report includes the Commission's recommendations along with a summary of the reforms proposed based on consultations with older Australians, their carers, aged care providers, government agencies and other interested parties. The report also provides an overview of the diversity in the demand for aged care services with a chapter on evaluating how well aged care services are being delivered in ways that meet the needs and preferences of clients from specific groups, including Indigenous people. Principles of a reformed aged care system identified as critical to the establishment of culturally secure services specific to Indigenous Australians included factors relevant to attracting and retaining Indigenous workers to provide culturally appropriate services, use of culturally appropriate assessment tools, and support to develop service capacity appropriate to meet Indigenous clients specific needs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Productivity Commission (2011)

Caring for older Australians: Productivity Commission inquiry report overview.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Reamy AM, Kim K, Zarit SH, Whitlatch CJ (2011)

Understanding discrepancy in perceptions of values: individuals with mild to moderate dementia and their family caregivers.

The Gerontologist; 51(4): 473-483

Seeher K, Withall A, Brodaty H (2011)

The Dementia Research Mapping Project: the 2010 update: final report.

Sydney: Dementia Collaborative Research Centres

Smith K, Flicker L, Shadforth G, Carroll E, Ralph N, Atkinson D, Lindeman M, Schaper F, Lautenschlager NT, LoGiudice D (2011)

‘Gotta be sit down and worked out together': views of Aboriginal caregivers and service providers on ways to improve dementia care for Aboriginal Australians.

Rural and Remote Health; 11: 1650

Retrieved 14 June 2011 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1650.pdf

 
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