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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for publications associated with respiratory disease in general 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.

2014

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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013.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)

Mortality and life expectancy of Indigenous Australians 2008 to 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report is the second on the topic of mortality and life expectancy in the Indigenous Observatory series of reports. It updates information presented in Life expectancy and mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2011).

It provides an overview of current patterns and trends in mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by examining age, sex and jurisdictional differences as well as highlighting the main causes of death among Indigenous Australians.

Comparisons with the non-Indigenous population are presented to outline the gap between the two populations and to identify demographic and cause-specific differences in mortality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The following topics are covered in this report:

  • life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people (section two)
  • overall mortality rates and patterns in Indigenous mortality by age, sex and jurisdictional differences (section three)
  • the main causes of death among Indigenous Australians (section four)
  • trends in mortality (section five).

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Mortality inequalities in Australia 2009–2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bailie J, Schierhout GH, Kelaher MA, Laycock AF, Percival NA, O’Donoghue LR, McNeair TL, Chakraborty A, Beacham BD, Bailie RS (2014)

Follow-up of Indigenous-specific health assessments - a socioecological analysis.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(11): 653-657

Brett T, Arnold-Reed DE, Troeung L, Bulsara MK, Williams A, Moorhead RG (2014)

Multimorbidity in a marginalised, street-health Australian population: a retrospective cohort study.

BMJ Open; 4(8): e005461

Retrieved 19 August 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005461

Chang AB, Brown N, Toombs M, Marsh RL, Redding GJ (2014)

Lung disease in Indigenous children.

Paediatric Respiratory Reviews; in press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prrv.2014.04.016):

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

COAG Reform Council (2014)

Healthcare in Australia 2012-13: comparing outcomes by Indigenous status: supplement to the reports to the Council of Australian Governments.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

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

Medlin LG, Chang AB, Fong K, Jackson R, Bishop P, Dent A, Hill DC, Vincent S, O'Grady KAF (2014)

Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care: the first 18 months of a specialist respiratory outreach service to rural and remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, Australia.

Australian Health Review; 38(4): 447-453

Rac K, McLaughlin M (2014)

Melioidosis in the Torres Strait Islands: an 11 year audit 2001-2012.

Australian Medical Student Journal; 4(2): 62-65

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

Consumer health organisations for chronic conditions: why do some people access them and others don’t?.

Primary Health Care Research & Development; 15(4): 418-429

Smith-Vaughan HC, Chang AB, Sarovisch DS, Marsh RL, Grimwood K, Leach AJ, Price EP (2014)

Absence of an important vaccine and diagnostic target in carriage- and disease-related nontypeable haemophilus influenzae.

Clinical and Vaccine Immunology; 21(9): 250-252

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

Tong SY, Varrone L, Chatfield MD, Beaman M, Giffard PM (2014)

Progressive increase in community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Indigenous populations in northern Australia from 1993 to 2012.

Epidemiology and Infection; FirstView(http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268814002611):

Torzillo PJ, Chang AB (2014)

Acute respiratory infections among Indigenous children.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(10): 559-560

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; online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH13190):

Woods CE, Usher K, Maguire GP (2014)

Obstructive sleep apnoea in adult indigenous populations in high-income countries: an integrative review.

Sleep and Breathing; online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11325-014-1032-7):

2013

Abbott P, Menzies R, Davison J, Moore L, Wang H (2013)

Improving immunisation timeliness in Aboriginal children through personalised calendars.

BMC Public Health; 13: 598

Retrieved 20 June 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-598

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)

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

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/docs/wa-overview-2013.pdf

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

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)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (2013)

Snapshot 2013: children and young people in Queensland.

Brisbane: Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Communicable Diseases Intelligence (2013)

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System tables.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E180-E186

Freebairn L, Jenkins L (2013)

The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the ACT 2006 - 2011.

Canberra: ACT Government Health Directorate

Harvey PW, Petkov J, Kowanko I, Helps Y, Battersby M (2013)

Chronic condition management and self-management in Aboriginal communities in South Australia: outcomes of a longitudinal study.

Australian Health Review; 37(2): 246-250

This paper describes the longitudinal component of a larger mixed methods study into the processes and outcomes of chronic condition management and self-management strategies implemented in three Indigenous communities in South Australia. The study was designed to document the connection between the application of structured systems of care for Indigenous people and their longer-term health status.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Review

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

Hull B, Dey A, Menzies R, McIntyre P (2013)

Annual immunisation coverage report, 2010.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(1): E21-E39

Lorig K, Ritter PL, Plant K, Laurent DD, Kelly P, Rowe S (2013)

The South Australia health chronic disease self-management Internet trial.

Health Education and Behavior; 40(1): 67-77

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

Naidu L, Chiu C, Habig A, Lowbridge C, Jayasinghe S, Wang H, McIntyre P, Menzies R (2013)

Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Australia 2006–2010.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(December 2013 supplement): S1-S92

Northern Territory Department of Health (2013)

Remote Health Atlas.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Remote_Health_Atlas/

This website ('the Atlas') is a tool for Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health staff who work in remote areas. The Atlas is maintained by the Remote Health Branch of the NT Department of Health.

The Atlas contains protocols, standards, forms and information relevant to remote health work in the NT. Topics covered are:

  • community relationships
  • cultural considerations
  • medical records
  • recall
  • referrals
  • patient travel
  • quality assurance
  • health programs
  • emergencies, evacuations and retrievals
  • clinical protocols
  • births and deaths
  • pharmacy
  • stores and ordering
  • pathology
  • Medicare
  • information and communication technology
  • staff travel
  • vehicles
  • equipment and other assets
  • accommodation
  • visitors
  • occupational health and safety
  • infection control
  • employment matters
  • staff development.

In general, the website does not provide protocols for the management of clinical conditions. Protocols for the management of clinical conditions are covered by the CARPA standard treatment manual and the Women's business manual, both of which are endorsed by the NT Health Department. However, when clinical best practice changes, or where a new requirement for clinical guidance emerges, interim advice is contained in this Atlas.

Abstract adapted from NT Department of Health

O'Grady K-A F, Whiley DM, Torzillo PJ, Sloots TP, Lambert SB (2013)

Mailed versus frozen transport of nasal swabs for surveillance of respiratory bacteria in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

BMC Infectious Diseases; 13(http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-13-543): 543

Retrieved 14 November 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-13-543

Panzironi F (2013)

Hand-in-Hand. Report on Aboriginal traditional medicine.

Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY): Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC)

This report investigates the status of Aboriginal traditional medicine in Australia and assesses the extent that Aboriginal traditional medicine is recognised and integrated in the health care system. It provides a systematic response to the issues and challenges identified and establishes the foundations for the recognition of Aboriginal traditional medicine in Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy.

It proposes a new South Australian statewide policy framework which builds on the strengths of current arrangements and untangles the identified barriers. The proposed policy framework establishes a two-way health care model to guarantee Aboriginal traditional healing is systematically provided hand-in-hand with western medicine.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this report contains references to people who have since passed away.

Abstract adapted from Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corportation

Plant N, Mallitt KA, Kelly PJ, Usherwood T, Gillespie J, Boyages S, Jan S, McNab J, Essue BM, Gradidge K, Maranan N, Ralphs D, Aspin C, Leeder S (2013)

Implementation and effectiveness of 'care navigation', coordinated management for people with complex chronic illness: rationale and methods of a randomised controlled trial.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 164

Retrieved 3 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-164

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

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

Self-management of chronic conditions in a rural and remote context.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13084):

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

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

Report on government services 2013.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

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

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

Toelle BG, Xuan W, Bird TE, Abramson MJ, Atkinson DN, Burton DL, James AL, Jenkins CR, Johns DP, Maguire GP, Musk AW, Walters EH, Wood-Baker R, Hunter ML, Graham BJ, Southwell PJ, Vollmer WM, Buist AS, Marks GB (2013)

Respiratory symptoms and illness in older Australians: the burden of obstructive lung disease (BOLD) study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(3): 144-148

Valery PC, Morris PS, Byrnes CA, Grimwood K, Torzillo PJ, Bauert PA, Masters IB, Diaz A, McCallum GB, Mobberley C, Tjhung I, Hare KM, Ware RS, Chang AB (2013)

Long-term azithromycin for Indigenous children with non-cystic-fibrosis bronchiectasis or chronic suppurative lung disease (Bronchiectasis Intervention Study): a multicentre, double-blind, randomised controlled trial.

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine; 1(8): 610–620

Vincent FB, Bourke P, Morand EF, Mackay F, Bossingham D (2013)

Focus on systemic lupus erythematosus in Indigenous Australians: towards a better understanding of autoimmune diseases.

Internal Medicine Journal; 43(3): 227–234

Ward K, Quinn H, Bachelor M, Bryant V, Campbell-Lloyd S, Newbound A, Scully M, Webby R, McIntyre PB (2013)

Adolescent school-based vaccination in Australia.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E156-E167

Ward K, Quinn H, Menzies R, McIntyre P (2013)

A history of adolescent school-based vaccination in Australia.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E168-E174

Zhao Y, Wright J, Begg S, Guthridge S (2013)

Decomposing the Indigenous life expectancy gap by risk factors: a life table analysis.

Population Health Metrics; 11: 1

Retrieved 29 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-7954-11-1

This study aims to explain the Indigenous life expectancy (LE) gap by common modifiable risk factors in the period from 1986 to 2005. The LE gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was 12 years for men and 10 years for women, whereas the Northern Territory Indigenous LE gap was at least 50% greater than the national figures.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2012

Annamalay AA, Khoo SK, Jacoby P, Bizzintino J, Zhang G, Chidlow G, Lee WM, Moore HC, Harnett GB, Smith DW, Gern JE, Le Souef PN, A Laing I, Lehmann D (2012)

Prevalence of and risk factors for human rhinovirus infection in healthy Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australian children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 31(7): 673–679

Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (2012)

Vaccination uptake among people with chronic respiratory disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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)

Medications prescribed for people with obstructive airways disease: antibiotics and inhaled corticosteroids.

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

Chang AB, Robertson CF, Van Asperen PP, Glasgow NJ, Mellis CM, Masters B, Teoh L, Tjhung I, Morris PS, Petsky HL, Willis C, Landau LI (2012)

A multicentre study on chronic cough in children: burden and etiologies based on a standardized management pathway.

Chest Journal; 142(4): 943 - 950

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

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

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

New South Wales Ministry of Health Communicable Diseases Branch (2012)

Communicable diseases report, NSW, January and February 2012.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 94-98

Parameswaran U, Baird RW, Ward LM, Currie BJ (2012)

Melioidosis at Royal Darwin Hospital in the big 2009-2010 wet season: comparison with the preceding 20 year.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(5): 345-348

Queensland Health (2012)

The health of Queenslanders 2012: advancing good health. Fourth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Schmidt B, Wenitong M, Esterman A, Hoy W, Segal L, Taylor S, Preece C, Sticpewich A, McDermott R (2012)

Getting better at chronic care in remote communities: study protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled of community based management.

BMC Public Health; 12: 1017

Retrieved 21 November 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-1017

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, Burns J, McLoughlin N (2012)

The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children.

In: Beresford Q, Partington G, Gower G, eds. Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education: fully revised edition. Revised ed. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing: 202-234

The revised edition of Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education reflects on the challenges and achievements that have occurred for both teachers and students in this significant area of education since the book's original release in 2003. The chapter, The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children, reviews the specific health issues currently affecting Indigenous children, and how these issues impact on their education. The chapter provides a summary of key indicators of Indigenous health status.

Prevalent issues and indicators discussed include:

  • infant mortality and birthweight status
  • nutrition
  • substance use
  • anaemia
  • ear disease and hearing loss
  • infectious diseases
  • eye conditions
  • oral health
  • injuries
  • social and emotional wellbeing.

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

2009 adult vaccination survey: summary results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

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)

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008–09: an analysis by remoteness and disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Key indicators of progress for chronic disease and associated determinants: data report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Life expectancy and mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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

Binks MJ, Cheng AC, Smith-Vaughan H, Sloots T, Nissen M, Whiley D, McDonnell J, Leach AJ (2011)

Viral-bacterial co-infection in Australian Indigenous children with acute otitis media.

BMC Infectious Diseases; 11: 161

Retrieved 7 June 2011 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-11-161

Einsiedel L, Fernandes L, Spelman T, Steinfort D, Gotuzzo E (2011)

Bronchiectasis is associated with Human T-Lymphotropic Virus 1 infection in an Indigenous Australian population.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 54(1): 43-50

Hull B, Dey A, Mahajan D, Menzies R, McIntyre PB (2011)

Immunisation coverage annual report, 2009.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 35(2): 132-148

Jacoby P, Carville KS, Hall G, Riley TV, Bowman J, Leach AJ, Lehmann D (2011)

Crowding and other strong predictors of upper respiratory tract carriage of otitis media-related bacteria in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 30(6): 480-485

JowseyT, Yen L, Aspin C, Ward NJ, The SCIPPS Team (2011)

People I can call on: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of chronic illness. Community report. Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study.

Canberra: Menzies Centre for Health Policy

O’Grady KF, Revell A, Maguire GP, Millonig R, Newman MA, Reid DW, Hill DC, Chang AB (2011)

Lung health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders: breathing easy is not so easy.

Australian Health Review; 35(4): 512-519

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

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

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

Victorian Department of Health (2011)

Aboriginal health promotion and chronic care partnership (AHPACC) initiative: guidelines and strategic directions 2011–14.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

This report outlines the program logic model for the Aboriginal Health Promotion and Chronic Chronic Care Partnership (AHPACC) initiative, which supports people in Victoria who have chronic disease, or are at risk of chronic disease. The report specifies seven strategic directions that aim to strengthen the program and inform broader policy and program development during 2011 - 14.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Westphal DW, Thomas DP, Johnston V (2011)

‘Healthy Starts Study'- helping to make Indigenous babies healthier.

The Chronicle; 20(1): 5-6

Yip TW (2011)

Pertussis outbreak in Central Australia 2010.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 18(3): 1-7

2010

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)

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory diseases in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

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

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Indigenous chronic disease package: care coordination and supplementary services: program guidelines.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (2010)

Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Einarsdóttir K, Preen DB, Sanfilippo FM, Reeve R, Emery JD, D'Arcy C, Holman J (2010)

Mortality in Western Australian seniors with chronic respiratory diseases: a cohort study.

BMC Public Health; 10: 385

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-385.pdf

Gordon R (2010)

Factors that contribute to chronic disease in Aboriginal people.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Hocking S, Draper G, Somerford P, XiaoJ, Weeramanthri T (2010)

The Western Australian Chief Health Officer's report 2010.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Johnston V, Walker N, Thomas DP, Glover M, Chang AB, Bullen C, Morris P, Brown N, Vander Hoorn S, Borland R, Segan C, Trenholme A, Mason T, Fenton D, Ellis K (2010)

The study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of a family-centred tobacco control program about environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) to reduce respiratory illness in Indigenous infants.

BMC Public Health; (10): 114

Retrieved 7 March 2010 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-114

Moore HC, Jacoby P, Taylor A, Harnett G, Bowman J, Riley TV, Reuter K, Smith DW, Lehmann D (2010)

The interaction between respiratory viruses and pathogenic bacteria in the upper respiratory tract of asymptomatic Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 29(6): 540-545

O'Grady K-AF, Chang AB (2010)

Lower respiratory infections in Australian Indigenous children.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 46(9): 461-465

O'Grady KA, Lee KJ, Carlin JB, Torzillo PJ, Chang AB, Mulholland EK, Lambert SB, Andrews RM (2010)

Increased risk of hospitalization for acute lower respiratory tract infection among Australian Indigenous infants 5-23 months of age following pneumococcal vaccination: a cohort study.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 50(7): 970-978

O’Grady K-AF, Torzillo PJ, Chang AB (2010)

Hospitalisation of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory for lower respiratory illness in the first year of life.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 586-590

O’Grady KF, Revell A, Maguire G, Millonig R, Newman M, Reid D, Hill DC, Chang AB (2010)

Lung health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

This publication reports on a project conducted by the Queensland Statewide Respiratory Clinical Network which addressed the limited information relating to lung health among Indigenous people in Queensland and the availability of health services and resources to prevent, intervene and control chronic lung disease. The project consisted of; literature reviews, the analysis of morbidity and mortality data, a survey of health service providers and interviews with hospital health professionals, Aboriginal community controlled health organisations and other key stakeholders.

The project found that Indigenous people from Queensland experience significant disadvantage and the health services available do not meet needs, the identification of Indigenous people is poor, the health workforce does not have adequate Indigenous representation, health services are under-resourced and culturally appropriate services are limited in many areas of Queensland. The recommendations generated from the project apply to a broad range of stakeholders. 

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pierce R, Antic R, Chang A, Howard M, James A, Maguire G, Matthiesson A, Musk B, Roseby R, Simpson G, Torzillo P (2010)

Respiratory and sleep health in Indigenous Australians.

Sydney: Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

This report details the burden of respiratory and sleep symptoms in Indigenous Australians for the purpose of identifying and making recommendations on healthcare goals and strategies to improve respiratory health among this group. The report describes the prevalence, mortality and morbidity of acute and chronic respiratory disease and sleep disorders in Indigenous Australians and discusses specific disease issues. The report also investigates existing health service resources and includes case studies of Indigenous patients with respiratory and sleep health problems.

To conclude, the paper presents a strategic framework for respiratory and sleep health care, a summary of the major issues relating to respiratory and sleep health and offers recommendations on how to reduce premature deaths and morbidity of chronic respiratory disease in Indigenous Australians. The report was commissioned by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Sleep Association and the Australian Lung Foundation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Queensland Health (2010)

Making tracks toward closing the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders by 2033.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Queensland Health (2010)

The health of Queenslanders 2010: third report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Senanayake SN (2010)

Australia's health 2010: an overview of infectious diseases [editorial].

Medical Journal of Australia; 193(5): 256-257

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

Report on government services 2010: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

2009

Cancer Council Northern Territory (2009)

Health risks of passive smoking: position statement.

The Chronicle; 14(3): 18-20

Chang AB, Chang CC, O'Grady K, Torzillo PJ (2009)

Lower respiratory tract infections.

Pediatric Clinics of North America; 56(6): 1303-1321

Green D, Jackson S, Morrison J (2009)

Risks from climate change to Indigenous communities in the tropical north of Australia.

Canberra: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Howard M (2009)

Healthy breathing and heart: stage 2: final report for the National Rural Primary Health Projects Initiative.

Darwin: Charles Darwin University

Roe Y, McDermott RA (2009)

Effect of swimming pools on antibiotic use and clinic attendance for infections in two Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (letter).

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 602

Sayers S, Singh G, Mott S, McDonnell J, Hoy W (2009)

Relationships between birthweight and biomarkers of chronic disease in childhood: Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study 1987–2001.

Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology; 23(6): 548-556

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2009)

Report on Government services 2009: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Indigenous data from the Report of Government services 2009 are compiled in this compendium to provide a focus on the purchase and supply of services. In this edition, government services are divided into the following categories: early childhood, education and training, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing. For each category a framework of performance indicators highlights the level of objectives attained regarding the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of services. The interpretation of the data enable comparisons of Commonwealth and State Government services, including intra-government services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

The health of Aboriginal Victorians, 2009.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Webby R, Nagy C, Krause V (2009)

Childhood immunisation coverage and timeliness in the NT.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 16(2): 12-15

2008

Australian Lung Foundation (2008)

Northern Centre for Lung and Sleep Health: a proposal for a dedicated respiratory service in the Northern Territory.

Darwin: Australian Lung Foundation

Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (2008)

Bushfire smoke and public health.

Melbourne: Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre

Chang AB, Torzillo PJ (2008)

Respiratory infection (including Bronchiectasis).

In: Couzos S, Murray R, eds. Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach. 3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 355-385

Clucas DB, Carville KS, Connors C, Currie B, Carapetis J, Andrews R (2008)

Disease burden and health-care clinic attendances for young children in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization; 86(4): 275-281

Einsiedel L, Fernandes LA, Woodman RJ (2008)

Racial disparities in infection-related mortality at Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia, 2000-2005.

Medical Journal of Australia; 188(10): 568-571

Hanigan IC, Johnston FH, Morgan GG (2008)

Vegetation fire smoke, Indigenous status and cardio-respiratory hospital admissions in Darwin, Australia, 1996-2005: a time-series study.

Environmental Health; 7(42): 12

Musk AW, James AL, Palmer LJ, Ryan GF, Lake F, Golledge CL, De Klerk NH (2008)

Respiratory infections and lung function in an Australian Aboriginal community.

Respirology; 13(2): 257-262

Population Health Division (NSW) (2008)

The health of the people of New South Wales – report of the Chief Health Officer, data book – Aboriginal peoples.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

PricewaterhouseCoopers (2008)

The Walgan Tilly Project: chronic care for Aboriginal people: final report.

Sydney: NSW Health

Silva D, Lehmann D, Tennant M, Jacoby P, Wright H, Stanley FJ (2008)

Effect of swimming pools on antibiotic use and clinic attendance for infections in two Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 188(10): 594-598

Closing the Gap newsletter: special edition on immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2008)

South Australian Communicable Disease Control Branch ~ Immunisation Section

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2008)

Report on Government services 2008: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This compendium was produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP) as a part of its Report on Government Services, an annual review of the performance government services provided in each jurisdiction.

The compendium, which contains all Indigenous data reported in the main report, includes information about: the Indigenous health workforce; selected health indicators; use of public hospitals; use of Indigenous community healthcare services; and health management issues.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (2008)

Pools are cool!.

Under the Microscope; 2008(2): 6

Tikoft E (2008)

Aboriginal health status: a Central Australian respiratory perspective smoking and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

The Chronicle; 11(6): 15

Webby R (2008)

Pertussis program for new parents.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 15(4): 20-22

Zhao Y, Connors C, Wright J, Guthridge S, Bailie R (2008)

Estimating chronic disease prevalence among the remote Aboriginal population of the Northern Territory using multiple data sources.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(4): 307-313

Zurynski Y, Elliott EJ (2008)

Australian paediatric surveillance unit annual report, 2006.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 32(1): 52-56

 
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