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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to kidney health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2016

Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. (2016)

The thirty eighth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry Report 2015.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

Arnold LW, E Hoy WE, Wang Z (2016)

High C-reactive protein levels increase risk for chronic kidney disease hospitalisations in adults of a remote Indigenous Australian community - a prospective cohort study.

Nephrology; Accepted articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nep.12841):

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014-15.

Retrieved 28 April 2016 from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4714.0?OpenDocument

This publication presents results of the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey (NATSISS). The survey was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The NATSISS is a six-yearly multidimensional social survey which provides broad, self-reported information across key areas of social interest for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primarily at the national level and by remoteness. Topics include language and culture, social networks and support, health, education, work, access to services, crime and justice, housing and financial stress. Supporting summary tables provide an overview for different population groups and selected themes.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Department of Human Services (2016)

Indigenous health education for health professionals.

Retrieved 2016 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/subjects/indigenous-health-education-health-professionals

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information 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.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2015. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Chronic disease risk factors.

Retrieved 19 April 2016 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/chronic-diseases/risk-factors/

Bailie J, Matthews V, Laycock A, Schultz R, Bailie R (2016)

Priority evidence-practice gaps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preventive health care: final report. Engaging stakeholders in identifying priority evidence-practice gaps and strategies for improvement in primary health care (ESP project).

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

This final report presents the findings from each of the phases of the Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps and Strategies for Improvement in Primary Health Care (ESP) Project for preventive care.

The report presents findings for all participating health centres from all jurisdictions together. It collates analysis of aggregated continuous quality improvement (CQI) data and stakeholder views on priority evidence-practice gaps, barriers and enablers to addressing the priority evidence-practice gaps, and strategies for improvement.

The report is designed for people working in a range of roles including national and jurisdictional
policy makers, managers, community-controlled organisations and government health authorities,
peak bodies, clinical leaders, researchers, primary health care staff and CQI practitioners who may
have an interest in the interpretation and use of aggregated CQI data to drive decision making.

Abstract adapted from authors

Bailie C, Matthews V, Bailie J, Burgess P, Copley K, Kennedy C, Moore L, Larkins S, Thompson S, Bailie RS (2016)

Determinants and gaps in preventive care delivery for Indigenous Australians: a cross-sectional analysis.

Frontiers in Public Health; 4: 34

Retrieved 10 March 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00034

Collaborative handbook: Closing the Gap (2016)

Improvement Foundation

Kidney fast facts (2016)

Kidney Health Australia

Maple-Brown LJ, Hughes JT, Ritte R, Barzi F, Hoy WE, Lawton PD, Jones GR, Death E, Simmonds A, Sinha AK, Cherian S, Thomas MA, McDermott R, Brown AD, O'Dea K, Jerums G, Cass A, MacIsaac RJ (2016)

Progression of kidney disease in Indigenous Australians: the eGFR follow-up study.

Clinical Journal of The American Society of Nephrology; Online before print:

Menzies School of Health Research (2016)

Mother's Day.

: Menzies School of Health Research

Mother's day is a documentary made in response to a request from a young man who wanted to show the impact of kidney disease on Aboriginal people from remote areas. When Ronald Morgan (Ronno) was four years old, he became the first Aboriginal child to receive a mother to child kidney transplant. Twenty four years later that kidney failed and Ronno was facing the prospect of relocating thousands of miles away from his home and family in order to commence dialysis.

Menzies School of Health Research has filmed and documented his real-life journey showing what it means to face kidney failure, being displaced from community and separated from family and the challenging processes associated with kidney transplantation.

Ronno hoped this documentary would assist other Aboriginal patients and their families develop a better understanding of kidney health, available treatment options and how to engage with and negotiate the health system.

The documentary was made by award winning film maker Brendan Fletcher and Paul Bell who have a long standing relationship with the Morgan family.

Filming commenced in early 2013 and followed Ronno on an often tumultuous journey, as his clinical condition and treatment requirements dictated his movements between his home community of Wyndham and Perth, Western Australia.

On Mother's day in 2014 Ronno received a deceased donor kidney transplant, providing a bitter sweet end to this documentary.

Abstract from Menzies School of Health Research

North Western Melbourne PHN (2016)

Closing the Gap in North Western Melbourne PHN: information paper.

Melbourne: North Western Melbourne PHN

Rodgers R, Kovacevic C, Zhang X, Tuttle R, Nebe B (2016)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This seventh national report presents information from 278 organisations across Australia, funded by the Australian Government to provide one or more of the following health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: primary health care, maternal and child health care, social and emotional wellbeing services, and substance-use services. These organisations participated in the 2014-15 online services report data collection. Information is presented on the characteristics of these organisations, the health services and activities provided to clients and staffing levels. Other information presented includes client numbers, client contacts and episodes of care, and service gaps and challenges.

Abstract Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Sinclair C, Stokes A, Jeffries-Stokes C, Daly J (2016)

Positive community responses to an arts–health program designed to tackle diabetes and kidney disease in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia: a qualitative study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12522): 1-6

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Report on government services 2016, volume E: Health.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Togni S, Askew D, Rogers L, Potter N, Egert S, Hayman N, Cass A, Brown A (2016)

Creating safety to explore: Strengthening innovation in an Australian Indigenous primary health care setting through developmental evaluation.

In: Patton MQ, McKegg K, Wehipeihana N, eds. Developmental evaluation exemplars: principles in practice. New York: Guilford Press: 234-251

This book chapter focuses on experiences of using developmental evaluation within an exploratory research project. The project centres on a collaboration between the Inala Indigenous Health Service in southern Queensland and the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration, a research collaboration aimed at improving the quality of life of, and the quality of care for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with chronic conditions. The authors describe how developmental evaluation is applied, what it has contributed, the challenges faced, and the lessons learned.

Adapted from author abstract

2015

Carty J, ed. (2015)

Patrick Tjungurrayi: beyond borders.

Perth, WA: UWA Publishing

This book tells Patrick Tjungurrayi's story and how he has used his art to raise awareness of a major renal health crisis facing Aboriginal people across Australia. As a dialysis patient himself, Patrick's story illuminates the innovative and effective response to this crisis being driven by an extraordinary Indigenous organisation, The Purple House-Western Desert Dialysis.

Abstract adapted from UWA Publishing

Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. (2015)

The thirty seventh annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry Report 2014.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

Australian Government Department of Health (2015)

Implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

This publication reports on the implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2013-2023. The implementation plan focuses on the Australian Government's role in ensuring the health system is flexible to respond to identified needs, is able to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices, and provides culturally safe access to quality early intervention and treatment services and integrated clinical services, and is free of racism.

It includes strategies such as:

  • investing in increased capability of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations to be able to meet identified needs
  • reducing racism and discrimination and improving the cultural safety of the mainstream health system, including primary health care
  • identifying, mapping and responding to need, recognising that geographical factors can play an important role in assessing the need of individual communities, and ensuring good quality care is delivered
  • ensuring evidence-based care is provided
  • ensuring accountability and leadership for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health
  • defining the core services that are required to flexibly respond to identified needs
  • increasing workforce capability
  • partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all levels of planning, service delivery and evaluation.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This is the fifth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It includes 68 key measures under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, community capacity, health behaviours and person-related behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, appropriateness, efficiency, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses, is the fifth in a series of reports against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework which are published every two years. This report provides information on a range of measures of health status, determinants of health and the health system performance relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Detailed tables to support the analysis presented in this report are provided.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Acute kidney injury in Australia: a first national snapshot.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the first national statistical snapshot on acute kidney disease (AKI) and its impact in Australia. Australian hospital and mortality data have been used to assess the burden of AKI. The key findings highlight the substantial hospitalisations and deaths associated with AKI and the related inequalities that exist in the Australian population; including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The report examines AKI and its impact on hospitalisations and deaths in relation to: sex (gender) and age, remoteness of residence, socioeconomic disadvantage and Indigenous status. It also presents trends and describes the relationship between AKI and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data and information on how cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) affect the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It also compares these effects with the impact on the non-Indigenous population.

The key questions answered in this report are:

  • How many Indigenous people have CVD, diabetes or CKD, either alone or in combination?
  • How large is the gap in rates of these diseases between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people?
  • How do risk factors, disease rates, treatment and management vary among Indigenous people by remoteness?

The report examines key risk factors for these diseases in the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. It then considers each disease: CVD, diabetes and CKD in each population, with the final chapter discussing the comorbidity of these three diseases.

This report is the fifth report in the series Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease-Australian facts, authored by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian facts: risk factors.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Implementation plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–23: technical companion document.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2015.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the health and welfare of Australia's Indigenous population, presenting the latest information on a range of topics including key demographic and economic characteristics, factors that influence health, main conditions causing ill health and mortality, life expectancy and mortality patterns, service use, and health and welfare expenditure. Some of the links between education, employment and health are also explored, as are links between selected risk factors and health. The report places a particular emphasis on describing differences among Indigenous Australians that are associated with living in very remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (2015)

A 'Wellbeing Framework' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease.

Sydney: Kanyini Vascular Collaboration

This report presents a wellbeing framework designed to assist healthcare services to improve the quality of life and quality of care, as well as the health outcomes, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease. Guided by a national reference group, the framework incorporates physical and social, emotional, cultural and spiritual aspects of health and wellbeing.

Abstract adapted from Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute

Barraclough KA, Grace BS, Lawton P, McDonald SP (2015)

Residential location and kidney transplant outcomes in Indigenous compared with nonIndigenous Australians.

Transplantation; Online First(http://journals.lww.com/transplantjournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=9000&issue=00000&article=97575&type=abstract):

Burns J, Burrow S, Drew N, Elwell M, Gray C, Harford-Mills M, Hoareau J, Lynch R, MacRae A, O’Hara T, Potter C, Ride K, Trzesinski A (2015)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

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

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2014. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Burns J, Burrow S, Drew N, Elwell M, Gray C, Harford-Mills M, Hoareau J, Lynch R, MacRae A, O’Hara T, Potter C, Ride K, Trzesinski A (2015)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Davy C, Bleasel J, Liu H, Tchan M, Ponniah S, Brown A (2015)

Effectiveness of chronic care models: opportunities for improving healthcare practice and health outcomes: a systematic review.

BMC Health Services Research; 15: 194

Retrieved 10 May 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-015-0854-8

Department of Health Victoria (2015)

Koori health counts! 2012-13.

Melbourne: Department of Health Victoria

Dutton T, Stevens W, Newman J (2015)

Health assessments for Indigenous Australians at Orange Aboriginal Medical Service: health problems identified and subsequent follow up.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; Online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14120):

Ekinci EI, Hughes JT, Chatfield MD, Lawton PD, Jones GRD, Ellis AG, Cass A, Thomas M, MacIsaac RJ, O'Dea K, Jerums G, Maple-Brown LJ (2015)

Hyperfiltration in Indigenous Australians with and without diabetes.

Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation; Advance Access(http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfv230): 1-8

Gibson O, Lisy K, Davy C, Aromataris E, Kite E, Lockwood C, Riitano D, McBride K, Brown A (2015)

Enablers and barriers to the implementation of primary health care interventions for Indigenous people with chronic diseases: a systematic review.

Implementation Science; 10: 71

Retrieved 22 May 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13012-015-0261-x

The Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE) (2015)

Harfield S, Davy C, Canuto K, Gomersall J, Aromataris E, Brown N, Braunack-Mayer A, Brown A

Hoy WE, White AV, Tipiloura B, Singh G, Sharma SK, Bloomfield H, Swanson CE, Dowling A, McCredie DA (2015)

The multideterminant model of renal disease in a remote Australian Aboriginal population in the context of early life risk factors: lower birth weight, childhood post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, and current body mass index influence levels of albumi.

Clinical Nephrology; 83(7(Supplement 1)): S75-S81

Jeffries-Stokes C, Stokes A, McDonald L (2015)

Pulkurlkpa: the joy of research in Aboriginal communities.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 51(11): 1054-1059

Kidney Health Australia (2015)

Kidney health for all: a report on policy options for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kidney health.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

This report provides an overview of the key messages and recommendations presented by some of the leading researchers, nephrologists and Aboriginal community controlled health services. These include:

  • excerpts from the World kidney day parliamentary breakfast speeches
  • a summary of the burden of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • an overview of prevention activities that are currently in place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders showcasing the work to improve access to primary health care, screening for kidney disease and community engagement
  • an overview of dialysis access, issues and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • an overview of kidney transplantation among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • a summary list of recommendations which are consolidated at the front for consideration by governments and other key organisations working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kidney health.

Abstract adpated from Kidney Health Australia

Luke JN, Schmidt DF, Ritte R, O’Dea K, Brown A, Piers LS, Jenkins AJ, Rowley KG (2015)

Nutritional predictors of chronic disease in a Central Australian Aboriginal cohort: a multi-mixture modelling analysis.

Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases; In press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.numecd.2015.11.009):

McNamara K, Knight A, Livingston M, Kypri K, Malo J, Roberts L, Stanley S, Grimes C, Bolam B, Gooey M, Daube M, O’Reilly S, Colagiuri S, Peeters A, Tolhurst P, Batterham P, Dunbar J, de Courten M (2015)

Targets and indicators for chronic disease prevention in Australia.

Melbourne: Australian Health Policy Collaboration

Primary Health Care Advisory Group (2015)

Better outcomes for people with chronic and complex health conditions.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

Productivity Commission (2015)

National Indigenous Reform Agreement: performance assessment 2013-14.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience profound economic and social disadvantage. This is manifested in many ways, affecting both the young and the old, and can span generations. To address this disadvantage, The Council of Australia Governments (COAG) has committed to a number of targets for reducing the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in life expectancy, health, education and employment outcomes.

This report is the sixth in a series of performance assessments for the Closing the gap targets (with assessments made previously by the COAG Reform Council).

Like other components of the Indigenous reporting framework, the focus of this report series is on monitoring broad outcomes rather than establishing what works in bridging outcomes gaps.

As well as assessing progress against the targets, the Commission has looked at how the broader reporting framework and policy evaluation efforts could be improved.

At the national level, progress in meeting individual gap targets has been mixed. Good progress has been made in reducing outcomes gaps in child mortality and Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rates. Though the target of providing access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote areas by 2013 was not met, the evidence suggests a positive outcomes picture.

Despite considerable effort and investment, little or no progress has been made in closing gaps for life expectancy and reading and numeracy. The employment gaps have also increased rather than narrowed.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Smyth W, Hartig V, Hayes M, Manickam V (2015)

Patients' adherence to aspects of haemodialysis regimens in tropical north Queensland, Australia.

Journal of Renal Care; 41(2): 110–118

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2015)

Report on government services 2015: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This compendium of Indigenous data, now in its thirteenth edition, is drawn from information contained in the Report on Government Services 2015.

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from the 2015 report. Service areas covered by the 2015 report include:

  • child care, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which the objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each service stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Victorian Council of Social Service (2015)

COSS Network submission to Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care: House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health.

Melbourne: Victorian Council of Social Service

2014

McDonald S, Clayton P, Hurst K, eds. (2014)

The thirty sixth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry Report 2013.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

Anomie, MacRae A, Burns J, Poynton M, D'Costa B, Ride K, Gray C, Thomson N, Hoareau J, Trzesinski A, Levitan L (2014)

Summary of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia, 2013.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: updated results, 2012–13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

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

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: in brief.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2014 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the fourtenth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 7 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse and illicit drug use.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Bailie R, Bailie J, Chakraborty A, Swift K (2014)

Consistency of denominator data in electronic health records in Australian primary healthcare services: enhancing data quality.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; Online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14071):

Cho Y, Baer R, Killen JP, Mantha M (2014)

Outcomes of nephrologist-inserted peritoneal catheters in Indigenous patients from far north Queensland.

Peritoneal Dialysis International; 34(6): 663-667

Chondur R, Li SQ, Guthridge S, Lawton P (2014)

Does relative remoteness affect chronic disease outcomes? Geographic variation in chronic disease mortality in Australia, 2002–2006.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 117–121

Egger G, Binns A, Cole MA, Ewald D, Davies L, Meldrum H, Stevens J, Noffsinger E (2014)

Shared medical appointments: An adjunct for chronic disease management in Australia?.

Neurology; 43(3): 151-154

Gracey M (2014)

Why closing the Aboriginal health gap is so elusive.

Internal Medicine Journal; 44(11): 1141-1143

Health Performance Council (2014)

Aboriginal health in South Australia 2011-2014: a case study.

Adelaide: Health Performance Council

Health Performance Council (2014)

State of our health Aboriginal population compendium: data volume.

Adelaide: Health Performance Council

Holman D, Joyce SJ (2014)

A promising future: WA Aboriginal health programs: review of performance with recommendations for consolidation and advance.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

This report, also known as 'The Holman review', evaluated the effectiveness of state-funded Indigenous health programs in Western Australia (WA), focusing on the measurement and achievement of clinical health outcomes. The report examined 184 Indigenous health programs and found that the majority deliver value for money and are underpinned by scientific evidence. It also found that primary prevention programs are under-funded relative to their significance and that service delivery in regional areas is fragmented. The report recommends that changes be made to the way the WA Department of Health funds and contracts Indigenous health services. The report was commissioned by the WA Department of Health at the request of the State Government and was prepared by independent expert Winthrop Professor D'Arcy Holman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Western Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hoy WE (2014)

Kidney disease in Aboriginal Australians: a perspective from the Northern Territory.

Clinical Kidney Journal; 7(6): 524-530

Kidney Health Australia (2014)

What is kidney disease?.

Retrieved 2014 from http://www.kidney.org.au/kidneydisease/tabid/578/default.aspx

Ludlow M, Mathew T (2014)

State of the nation : chronic kidney disease in Australia.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Majoni SW, Ellis JA, Hall H, Abeyaratne A, Lawton PD (2014)

Inflammation, high ferritin, and erythropoietin resistance in Indigenous maintenance hemodialysis patients from the Top End of Northern Australia.

Hemodialysis International; 18(4): 740–750

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (2014)

Murrumbidgee Local Health District renal clinical services plan 2013-2017.

Wagga Wagga, NSW: Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (2014)

QAIHC external report 3 : Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services Clinical Excellence (ACE program).

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council

Rae K, Weatherall L, Blackwell C, Pringle K, Smith R, Lumbers E (2014)

Long conversations: Gomeroi gaaynggal tackles renal disease in the Indigenous community.

Australasian Epidemiologist; 21(1): 44-48

Russell L (2014)

Analysis of 2014-15 health budget: unfair and unhealthy.

Sydney: Menzies Centre for Health Policy

Scott JA (2014)

Chronic disease profiles in one high risk Indigenous community: a comparison of chronic disease profiles after a 10 year follow up and the relationship between birth weight and chronic disease morbidity and mortality.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Queensland: Brisbane

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the sixth report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: health: volume E.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Tsuboi N, Kanzaki G, Koike K, Kawamura T, Ogura M, Yokoo T (2014)

Clinicopathological assessment of the nephron number.

CKJ Clinical Kidney Journal; 7(2): 107-114

Wang Z, Scott J, Wang Z, Hoy WE (2014)

Trends in health status and chronic disease risk factors over 10–14 years in a remote Australian community: a matched pair study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(1): 73-77

Whitty JA, Sav A, Kelly F, King MA, McMillanSS, Kendall E, Wheeler AJ (2014)

Chronic conditions, financial burden and pharmaceutical pricing: insights from Australian consumers.

Australian Health Review; 38(5): 589-595

Zimmet PZ, Magliano DJ, Herman WH, Shaw JE (2014)

Diabetes: a 21st century challenge.

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology; 2(1): 56 - 64

2013

Ah Chee D (2013)

Preventing renal disease: action to prevent the epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2013)

Erratum regarding “Accurate assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians: the Estimated GFR Study” (Am J Kidney Dis 2012; 60:679-682).

American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 61(3): 527–528

In the research letter entitled Accurate Assessment of Kidney Function in Indigenous Australians: The Estimated GFR Study appearing in the October 2012 issue of AJKD (Maple-Brown et al; volume 60, issue 4, pages 679-682), a calculation error in the STATA code caused errors in the bias reported for estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) values in women that were determined using the Chronic kidney disease epidemiology collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Anomie, MacRae A, Burns J, Poynton M, D'Costa B, Ride K, Gray C, Thomson N, Hoareau J, Trzesinski A, Levitan L (2013)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides comprehensive information specific to Western Australia (WA) on:

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

This WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ansari Z, George MK (2013)

Drug-induced immune-mediated thrombocytopenia secondary to sunitinib in a patient with metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a case report.

Journal of Medical Case Reports; 7: 54

Retrieved 26 February 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-7-54

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This plan provides a long-term, evidence-based policy framework as part of the Council of Australian Governments' approach to Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. The Australian Government worked in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, and peak bodies to produce the plan.

The plan builds on the United nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples, with a focus on:

  • policies and programs to improve Indigenous health
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • resilience
  • promoting healthy behaviours
  • the centrality of culture for health and wellbeing
  • the right of people to be safe and empowered.

The plan at a glance includes:

  • the vision
  • principles
  • priorities
  • implementation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Incontinence in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Thematic list of projects using linked data relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Boudville N, Dent H, McDonald S, Hurst K, Clayton P (2013)

Peritoneal dialysis.

In: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. The thirty sixth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry report 2013. Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 6.1 - 6.31

Burns J, MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Summary of Indigenous women's health.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Clayton P, Grace B, Chapman J, Wright J, McDonald S (2013)

Transplant waiting list.

In: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. The thirty sixth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry report 2013. Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 7.1 - 7.8

Collum J, Jones RHB, Lynham A, Hirst J (2013)

Leontiasis ossea: a presentation of hyperparathyroidism in an Indigenous Australian man secondary to chronic renal failure.

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; 71(1): 56-61

Edwards L (2013)

NT chronic conditions prevention and management strategy annual report 2011.

The Chronicle; 25(1): 29-30

Flinders Closing the Gap Program (2013)

Success stories for managing chronic conditions – Jim's story.

Adelaide: Flinders University

Grace B, Hurst K, McDonald S, Clayton P (2013)

Stock and flow.

In: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. The thirty sixth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry report 2013. Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 1.1 - 1.8

Grace B, McDonald S, Hurst K, Clayton P (2013)

New patients (commencing treatment in 2012).

In: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. The thirty sixth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry report 2013. Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 2.1 - 2.12

Hoy WE (2013)

Chronic disease care in remote Aboriginal Australia has been transformed.

British Medical Journal; 347: f6127

Retrieved 18 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6127

Hughes JT (2013)

The inter-relationships between body build, body composition, body fat distribution, metabolic syndrome and inflammation in adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Kidney Health Australia (2013)

Charting a comprehensive approach to tackling kidney disease: “proposals to guide increased risk assessment, support early detection and improve the treatment of kidney disease”: pre-budget submission 2013-2014 federal budget.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Kidney Health Australia (2013)

Tackling kidney disease: a national action plan to reduce Australia's kidney disease burden.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

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

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

McDonald S (2013)

Deaths.

In: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. The thirty sixth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry report 2013. Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 3.1 - 3.10

Polkinghorne K, Briggs N, Khanal N, Hurst K, Clayton P (2013)

Haemodialysis (including home haemodialysis).

In: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry, ed. The thirty sixth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry report 2013. Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 5.1 - 5.42

Rix EF, Barclay L, Wilson S, Stirling J, Tong A (2013)

Service providers' perspectives, attitudes and beliefs on health services delivery for Aboriginal people receiving haemodialysis in rural Australia: a qualitative study.

BMJ Open; 3(10): e003581

Retrieved 23 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003581

Sajiv C (2013)

Cultural considerations when providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) opting for conservative care.

Nephrology; Accepted article(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nep.12080):

Sav A, Kendall E, McMillan SS, Kelly F, Whitty JA, King MA, Wheeler AJ (2013)

‘You say treatment, I say hard work': treatment burden among people with chronic illness and their carers in Australia.

Health & Social Care in the Community; 21(6): 665–674

Secombe PJ, Stewart PC, Brown A (2013)

Functional outcomes in high risk ICU patients in Central Australia: a prospective case series.

Rural and Remote Health; 13: 2128

Retrieved 11 February 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2128

Shephard M (2013)

Point-of-Care Testing in Australia: the status, practical advantages, and benefits of community resiliency.

Point of Care Testing; 12(1): 41-45

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This publication draws on the Report on government services 2013 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • childcare, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which the objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each service stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Improvements in reporting by Indigenous status has allowed for detailed reporting for Indigenous children enrolled and attending preschool and elapsed times for aged care services to Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stumpers S, Thomson N (2013)

Review of kidney disease among Indigenous people.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Tanamas SK, Magliano DJ, Lynch B, Sethi P, Willenberg L, Polkinghorne KR, Chadban S, Dunstan D, Shaw JE (2013)

AusDiab 2012 : the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study.

Melbourne: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Thompson SL, Chenhall RD, Brimblecombe JK (2013)

Indigenous perspectives on active living in remote Australia: a qualitative exploration of the socio-cultural link between health, the environment and economics.

BMC Public Health; 13: 473

Retrieved 15 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-473

Todd A, Carroll R, Gallagher M, Meade A (2013)

Nutritional status of haemodialysis patients: comparison of Australian cohorts of Aboriginal and European descent.

Nephrology; 18(12): 790–797

Tracey K, Cossich T, Bennett PN, Wright S, Ockerby C (2013)

A nurse-managed kidney disease program in regional and remote Australia.

Renal Society of Australasia Journal; 9(1): 28-34

Wang Z, Hoy WE, Wang Z (2013)

The correlates of urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) in a high risk Australian Aboriginal community.

BMC Nephrology; 14: 176

Retrieved 16 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-14-176

Wang Z, Hoy WE (2013)

Decreasing rates of natural deaths in a remote Australian Aboriginal community, 1996–2010.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 365–370

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (2013)

Western Desert Dialysis – sharing our story.

: Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

Woo KT, Wong KS, Choong H, Foo M, Chan CM (2013)

Renal biopsy among Indigenous Australians [letter].

Kidney International; 83(6): 1206

2012

Anderson K, Cunningham J, Devitt D, Preece C, Cass A (2012)

"Looking back to my family": Indigenous Australian patients' experience of hemodialysis.

BMC Nephrology; 13: 114

Retrieved 20 September 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2369/13/114

McDonald S, Clayton P, Hurst K, eds. (2012)

The thirty fifth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry Report 2012.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

Development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan: discussion paper.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2012 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions including disease or injury, human function, life expectancy, wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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)

Multiple causes of death: an analysis of all natural and selected chronic disease causes of death 1997–2007.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Badgery-Parker T (2012)

Majority rule for assigning Aboriginality in linked hospital data [letter].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(5): 488-489

Douglas M, Roberts M, Cashmore A, Lowbridge C, Ireland J, Roberts D (2012)

Health and disease in the Aboriginal community: Northern NSW.

Lismore, NSW: University Centre for Rural Health

Edwards L, Boyd J (2012)

NT Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Strategy annual report 2011: Section A: Profile of chronic conditions and health determinants in the NT.

The Chronicle; 24(4): 45-47

Gosling C (2012)

Mobile dialysis bus: dialysis on the move.

The Chronicle; 24(4): 10

Hoy WE, Samuel T, Mott SA, Kincaid-Smith PS, Fogo AB, Dowling JP, Hughson MD, Sinniah R, Pugsley DJ, Kirubakaran MG, Douglas-Denton RN, Bertram JF (2012)

Renal biopsy findings among Indigenous Australians: a nationwide review.

Kidney International; 82(12): 1321–1331

Hughes J (2012)

Body build, body composition and indicators of health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults.

: Menzies School of Health Research

In this video Dr Jacqui Highes a nephrologist at Royal Darwin Hospital, and PhD candidate at Menzies School of Health Research reports on a project investigated the relationship of body fat distribution, obesity and the metabolic syndrome (MS) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Kidney Health Australia (2012)

Kidney Health Australia submission: national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Koefler S (2012)

Is cancer a death sentence for Indigenous Australians? the impact of culture on cancer outcomes.

Australian Medical Student Journal; 3(1): 35-38

Kowanko I, Helps Y, Harvey P, Battersby M, McCurry B, Carbine R, Boyd J, Abdulla O (2012)

Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities: final report 2011.

Adelaide: Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

The main aim of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities project was to evaluate the effectiveness of tailoring mainstream chronic care management strategies to suit Indigenous clients and settings. This was achieved through assessing the health outcomes and impacts, and the sustainability of the strategies. The strategies included:

  • structured care planning focused on clients' problems and goals
  • training in chronic disease self management and management support for health staff and peer leaders
  • coordinated holistic team care.

Data collection involved the analysis of health service records of 36 clients involved in chronic care management over 1-10 years, and semi-structured interviews with 18 clients and 12 staff.

The research was conducted by a team from Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, in collaboration with Aboriginal clients and community members from Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc. and Riverland Commuity Health Service.

The authors conclude that people involved in structured chronic condition management strategies (eg care plans) improve their health and wellbeing over time. A range of barriers and enablers of chronic condition management strategies were identified and the authors highlight the importance of tailoring new initiatives to suit individual needs and local circumstances.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Maple-Brown LJ, Hughes JT, Lawton PD, Jones GRD, Ellis AG, Drabsch K, Brown ADH, Cass A, Hoy WE, MacIsaac RJ, O'Dea K, Jerums G (2012)

Accurate assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians: the estimated GFR study.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 60(4): 680-682

McNamara BJ, Gubhaju L, Chamberlain C, Stanley F, Eades SJ (2012)

Early life influences on cardio-metabolic disease risk in aboriginal populations - what is the evidence? A systematic review of longitudinal and case–control studies.

International Journal of Epidemiology; 41(6): 1661-1682

New South Wales Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2012)

The health of Aboriginal people of NSW: report of the Chief Health Officer 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Taylor AW, Marin T, Avery J, Grande D (2012)

South Australian Aboriginal health survey.

Adelaide: South Australian Population Research and Outcome Studies

This report provides information on chronic diseases among Indigenous people in South Australia, including the social determinants of health and some risk and protective factors. It includes information on:

  • kidney disease
  • hearing problems
  • mental health
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

2011

Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (2011)

The thirty fourth annual report: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 2011.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the first detailed analysis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comparative to the non-Indigenous Australian population. Previous information on CKD in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the national level has been limited to high-level summary information. Using a variety of data sources (i.e., Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant (ANZDATA) Registry, AIHW Disease Expenditure Database), the current report presents detailed information on CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) including, prevalence and incidence; hospitalisation; mortality; co-morbidity; risk factors; remoteness; health service use and expenditure; quality of life; and burden of disease. The report summates that Indigenous people, especially those who live in remote communities, are more likely to have ESRD, and are more likely to be hospitalised, and/or die as a result of CKD compared with non-Indigenous Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in adult mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians (2011)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This overview is a summary of Indigenous health and welfare at the national level. Topics covered include:

  • demographic characteristics
  • determinants of health and welfare: socioeconomic factors, housing, community capacity, behavioural factors, and social and emotional wellbeing
  • health and functioning: disability, community functioning, and health conditions
  • mortality and life expectancy of mothers and babies, children, young people and older people
  • health care and support services, including health and welfare expenditure.

The report compares Indigenous statistics to the non-Indigenous statistics on the same health and welfare issues and provides time series data where available. It relates the picture of Indigenous health and welfare to the goals set by the Council of Australian Governments and the raft of measures under Closing the gap agreement aimed at reducing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For the first time, the report looks at the impact of chronic diseases on the life expectancy gap, currently estimated to be 12 years for men and 10 years for women. It shows that about 80% of the mortality gap can be attributed to chronic diseases, most significantly heart diseases (22%), diabetes (12%) and liver diseases (11%).

The report is accompanied by nine online papers on specific topics, available from the Indigenous observatory: Indigenous life expectancy and mortality, child safety, eye health, disability, access to health services, chronic disease and older people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This national statistical publication reports on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12-24 years of age. This reporting is vital for the development of evidence-based youth policies. Part VII provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and looks at key issues including:

  • health status
  • determinants of health
  • families and communities
  • socioeconomic factors
  • housing
  • health system performance.

The report also highlights areas where work is still needed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bailie RS, Si D, Connors CM, Kwedza R, O'Donoghue L, Kennedy C, Cox R, Liddle H, Hains J, Dowden MC, Burke HP, Brown A, Weeramanthri T, Thompson S (2011)

Variation in quality of preventive care for well adults in Indigenous community health centres in Australia.

BMC Health Services Research; 11: 139

Retrieved 1 June 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/11/139

Gardner K, Bailie R, Si D, O'Donoghue L, Kennedy C, Liddle H, Cox R, Kwedza R, Fittock M, Hains J, Dowden M, Connors C, Burke H, Beaver C (2011)

Reorienting primary health care for addressing chronic conditions in remote Australia and the South Pacific: review of evidence and lessons from an innovative quality improvement process.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 19(3): 111–117

Hayman N (2011)

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Australian Prescriber; 34(2): 38-40

Helps Y, Kowanko I (2011)

Riverland Aboriginal chronic disease support group community storybook 2011.

Melbourne: Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

This community storybook showcases the Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group (RACDSG). The storybook demonstrates how, in partnership with health professionals, Aboriginal people from the Riverland area in rural South Australia are taking an active part in managing their chronic conditions. The storybook tells how and why RACDSG was formed, and how the Riverland Community Health Service is involved with RACDSG. Also described are:

  • achievements and benefits of RACDSG to date
  • several stories and tips from individual members
  • some related activities in the region
  • how this work fits into a larger research project about chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group

Kuipers K, McIntosh K, Paluch T, Oke L (2011)

Caring for country was associated with positive health outcomes for Indigenous people living in remote areas of Northern Australia.

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; 58(1): 56-57

Madin S (2011)

Dealing with disease in the desert: a new approach.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

McMeniman E, Holden L, Kearns T, Clucas DB, Carapetis JR, Currie BJ, Connors C, Andrews RM (2011)

Skin disease in the first two years of life in Aboriginal children in East Arnhem Land.

Australasian Journal of Dermatology; 52(4): 270–273

Rae K, Weatherall L, Naden M, Slater P, Smith R (2011)

Gomeroi Gaaynggal - moving forward.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(6): 28-29

Sayers S, Davison B, Fitz J, Singh G (2011)

Aboriginal birth cohort study–wave 3 selected results: the good news and the bad news.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(5): 23-24

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

This report is the fifth in a series of reports on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage as commissioned by the heads of government in 2002. It has been produced in consultation with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics and service providers. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on the current outcomes and those interventions and policies that have enhanced those outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011 overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Stumpers S, Thomson N, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Urquhart B (2011)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The George Institute for Global Health (2011)

Australian Department of Health and Ageing Central Australia Renal Study.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The central Australia renal study was a joint study by the Australian, Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australian Governments, conducted by the George Institute for Global Health for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. The study was undertaken to inform the governments in the cross‐jurisdictional region to make evidence based policy decisions to better meet the health and service needs of Aboriginal dialysis patients in the region, in affordable and sustainable ways. Building on work already undertaken by the Government in the development of National services guidelines for the management of dialysis and kidney transplantation in Remote Australia 2006, the current study also takes into account stakeholder consultation and activity-based data. Key findings identified current and future treatment issues such as those associated with location and cost. A preferred renal services model was presented as a primary recommendation of the study with the model representing a structured and sustainable transition from the current urban facility model, to expansion of community based care as a way of addressing the current gaps in service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander renal patients.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Department of Health (2011)

WA chronic conditions self-management strategic framework 2011-2015.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

2010

Andreasyan K, Hoy WE (2010)

Recent patterns in chronic disease mortality in remote living Indigenous Australians.

BMC Public Health; 10: 483

Retrieved 16 August 2010 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-483

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program – Indigenous chronic disease 2009-2013 guidelines.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

This guideline is designed to be partnered with the Medical specialist outreach assistance program - Indigenous chronic disease (MSOAP-ICD) policy framework.

The guidelines aim to increase access to a range of health services, including expanded primary health care, provided to people in rural and remote Indigenous communities for the treatment and management of chronic disease.

The MSOAP-ICD measure will focus service delivery in outreach locations on the following chronic conditions:

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • chronic respiratory disease
  • chronic renal (kidney) disease
  • cancer.

The objectives of the MSOAP-ICD measure are to:

  • support health professionals to provide outreach services to rural and remote Indigenous communities
  • increase the range of services offered by visiting health professionals to detect, manage and prevent chronic disease more effectively
  • foster the collaboration between health services in the local Indigenous community and visiting health professionals to target the delivery of essential treatment to patients with chronic disease
  • improve ongoing management and continuity of patient care
  • provide up-skilling opportunities in the outreach location
  • work with communities to build knowledge and support informed self-care.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Australia's health 2010: the twelfth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2010 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the twelfth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 5.1 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chronic Care for Aboriginal People (2010)

Clinical services redesign program: chronic care for Aboriginal people model of care.

North Sydney: NSW Health Centre for Aboriginal Health

Debuyst O (2010)

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet kidney health.

The Chronicle; 16(1): 20

Closing the Gap: Indigenous chronic disease package information for general practice, Aboriginal community controlled health services and Indigenous health services (2010)

Department of Health and Ageing

The Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) supports general practices and Indigenous health services to:

  • develop and implement systems to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients and encourage regular health checks
  • receive additional payments through the Practice incentives program (PIP) Indigenous health incentive
  • prescribe more affordable Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) medicines for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients through the PBS co-payment measure
  • develop a team approach to care by accessing training for practice nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers in the Chronic disease self-management program
  • ensure Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients with a chronic disease are able to access specialists and allied health professionals consistent with their care plan through the Care coordination and supplementary services program
  • refer Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients with, or at risk of chronic disease to regionally-based, and culturally appropriate, supports - such as tobacco action workers and healthy lifestyle workers.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing

Gordon R (2010)

Factors that contribute to chronic disease in Aboriginal people.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Hoy WE, Davey RL, Sharma S, Hoy PW, Smith JM, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan S (2010)

Chronic disease profiles in remote Aboriginal settings and implications for health services planning.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(1): 11-18

Hoy WE, Kincaid-Smith P, Hughson MD, Fogo A, Sinniah R, Dowling J, Samuel T, Mott SA, Douglas-Denton RN, Bertram JF (2010)

CKD in Aboriginal Australians.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 56(5): 983–993

Hughes J, Nickels M, Sharma S, O'Dea K, Tucker L, Maple-Brown L (2010)

Implementing the eGFR study in a remote site: a case study.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(2): 6-8

Maple-Brown LJ, Lawton PD, Hughes JT, Sharma SK, Jones GRD, Ellis AG, Hoy W, Cass A, MacIsaac RJ, Sinha AK, Thomas MAB, Piers LS, Ward LC, Drabsch K, Panagiotopoulos S, McDermott R, Warr K, Cherian S, Brown A, Jerums G, O'Dea K (2010)

Study protocol - accurate assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians: aims and methods of the eGFR Study.

BMC Public Health; (10): 80

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-80.pdf

National Consumer Council of Kidney Health Australia (2010)

The impact of kidney disease and what government should do about it.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Reath J, Brown N (2010)

Managing cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Prescriber; 33(3): 72-75

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2010)

Report on government services 2010: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

 
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