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Key references

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


Giarola BF, McCallum GB, Bailey EJ, Morris PS, Maclennan C, Chang AB (2014)

Retrospective review of 200 children hospitalised with acute asthma. Identification of intervention points: a single centre study.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 50(4): 286–290

The object of this retrospective review of 200 children hospitalised in Royal Darwin Hospital with asthma was to determine if Indigenous Australian children hospitalised with acute asthma have differing severity, risk factors and management than non-Indigenous children with asthma. The aim of the review is to identify intervention points to reduce morbidity and mortality of asthma. It compared admission characteristics, severity indices, treatment, discharge plans and readmissions in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Collins DA, Hoskins A, Bowman J, Jones J, Stemberger NA, Richmond PC, Leach AJ, Lehmann D (2013)

High nasopharyngeal carriage of non-vaccine serotypes in Western Australian Aboriginal people following 10 years of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination.

PLOS ONE; 8: e82280

Retrieved 3 December 2013 from

Davidson PM, Jiwa M, DiGiacomo ML, McGrath SJ, Newton PJ, Durey AJ, Bessarab DC, Thompson SC (2013)

The experience of lung cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and what it means for policy, service planning and delivery.

Australian Health Review; 37(1): 70-78


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

Bailey EJ, Maclennan C, Morris PS, Kruske SG, Brown N, Chang AB (2009)

Risks of severity and readmission of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children hospitalised for bronchiolitis.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 45(10): 593–597

Munro K, Singleton RJ, Edwards EA, Redding GJ, Chang AB, Byrnes CA (2009)

Burden of bronchiectasis in Indigenous peoples - how can it be improved?.

Current Pediatric Reviews; 5(4): 198-206


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

Last updated: 11 August 2016
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