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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Key references

References for the key publications about respiratory disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.


Barry C, Krause VL, Cook HM, Menzies RI (2012)

Invasive pneumococcal disease in Australia 2007 and 2008.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 36(2): E151-E165


Cunningham J (2010)

Socioeconomic status and self-reported asthma in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adults aged 18-64 years: analysis of national survey data.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 9(18): 1-37

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


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (2009)

Burden of disease due to asthma in Australia 2003.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Chang AB, Couzos S (2008)


In: Couzos S, Murray R, eds. Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach. 3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 386-409

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

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

Valery P, Chang A, Masters IB, Stirling J, Laifoo Y, Twist A (2008)

Stable prevalence of asthma symptoms in school-aged children in the Torres Strait region.

Respirology; 13(3): 447-451


Correll PK, Xuan W, Williamson M, Sundararajan V, Ringland C, Marks GB (2007)

Reattendance at hospital for asthma in two Australian states, 2000-2003.

Respirology; 12(2): 220-226

Last updated: 19 March 2014
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