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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin


This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with the cultural ways in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.


Abbott P, Reath J, Gordon E, Dave D, Harnden C, Hu W, Kozianski E, Carriage C (2014)

General Practitioner Supervisor assessment and teaching of Registrars consulting with Aboriginal patients - is cultural competence adequately considered?.

BMC Medical Education; 14: 167

Retrieved 13 August 2014 from

Australia Council for the Arts (2014)

A culturally ambitious nation: strategic plan 2014 to 2019.

Surry Hills, Sydney: Australia Council for the Arts

Aboriginal Australia map (2014)

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

The Aboriginal Australia map represents research carried out for the Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia. The research method was to use the published resources available between 1988 and 1994. The map was then created as a graphic illustration. It indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people, which may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group.

The Aboriginal Australia map does not claim to be definitive and is not the only source of information about language and social groups.

The map is a large-scale printed product available for sale in two formats small and large.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Green D, Minchin L (2014)

Living on climate-changed country: Indigenous health, well-being and climate change in remote Australian communities.

EcoHealth; 11(2): 263-272

Marmion D, Obata K, Troy J (2014)

Community, identity, wellbeing : the report of the second national Indigenous languages survey.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Molloy L, Grootjans J (2014)

The ideas of Frantz Fanon and culturally safe practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing; 35(3): 207-211

Parker S, McKinnon L, Kruske S (2014)

'Choice, culture and confidence': Key findings from the 2012 having a baby in Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survey.

BMC Health Services Research; 14( 196

Retrieved 1 May 2014 from

Rochecouste J, Oliver R, Bennell D (2014)

Is there cultural safety in Australian universities?.

International Journal of Higher Education; 3(2): 153-166

Sinclair C, Williams G, Knight A, Auret K (2014)

A public health approach to promoting advance care planning to Aboriginal people in regional communities.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(1): 23-28

Zander KK, Dunnet DR, Brown C, Campion O, Daniels C, Daniels G, Nelson E, Blitner G, Carson D (2014)

Indigenous cultural and natural resources management and mobility in Arnhem land, northern Australia.

Human Ecology; 42(3): 443-453


Bamblett L (2013)

Our stories are our survival.

First edition ed. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press

Berry SL (2013)

Culture in treatment for Aboriginal Australian men in New South Wales residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) thesis, University of Wollongong: Wollongong

Booth J, Nelson A (2013)

Sharing stories: using narratives to illustrate the role of critical reflection in practice with First Australians.

Occupational Therapy International; 20(3): 114–123

Chapman R, Martin C, Smith T (2013)

Evaluation of staff cultural awareness before and after attending cultural awareness training in an Australian emergency department.

International Emergency Nursing; In press(

Dockery AM (2013)

Cultural dimensions of Indigenous participation in vocational education and training: new perspectives.

Adelaide: National Centre for Vocational Education Research

Dwyer AL (2013)

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

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(5): 287

Kasat P (2013)

Community arts and cultural development: a powerful tool for social transformation.

Masters by Research thesis, Murdoch University: Perth

Kingsley J, Townsend M, Henderson-Wilson C, Bolam B (2013)

Developing an exploratory framework linking Australian Aboriginal peoples' connection to country and concepts of wellbeing.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(2): 678-698

LIME good practice case studies: volume two (2013)

Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education

McGuinness K, Leckning B (2013)

Bicultural practice in the Northern Territory children and families sector: practitioners' reflections of working two-ways.

Darwin: Centre for Child Development and Education and Strong Aboriginal Families, Together, Menzies School of Health Research

This publication reports on a qualitative research project which aimed to describe how cultural models of service delivery are understood, and to identify key elements to inform the development of a two-way, bicultural practice framework for the children and families sector in the Northern Territory (NT).

While the research focused on practice in non-government organisations (NGOs) delivering services to children and families at risk of substance misuse, family violence, and mental health issues, the researchers anticipate that the findings in this report could lead to a sharper policy and practice focus on cultural safety in the broader Australian Indigenous context.

The study design included:

  • a selective literature review
  • interviews and focus groups with 74 participants (48% Aboriginal) from nine organisations delivering services in remote, regional and urban settings across both the Top End and Central Australia
  • thematic analysis.

The report presents eight themes derived from the thematic analysis:

  • two-way practice
  • governance
  • operational management
  • recruitment and training
  • cultural safety
  • reflective practice
  • quality assurance
  • adapting systems.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (2013)

National Congress report 2013.

Strawberry Hills, NSW: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

Newman CE, Gray R, Brener L, Jackson LC, Johnson P, Saunders V, Harris M, Butow P, Treloar C (2013)

One size fits all? The discursive framing of cultural difference in health professional accounts of providing cancer care to Aboriginal people.

Ethnicity & Health; 18(4): 433-447

This paper identifies recurrent patterns of 'discursive framing' in interviews with health care professionals. It highlighted the reliance of familiar narratives about cancer care services that may not be culturally suited to Indigenous people affected by cancer.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjar Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation (2013)

Traditional healers of Central Australia : Ngangkari.

Broome, WA: Magabala Books

This book contains unique stories and imagery and primary source material from the Ngangkari; senior Aboriginal people authorised to speak publicly about Anangu (Western Desert language speaking Aboriginal people) culture and practices. It is accurate, authorised information about their work, written in their own words.

The practice of traditional healing is still very much a part of contemporary Aboriginal society. The Ngangkari currently employed at Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjar Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation deliver treatments to people across a tri-state region of about 350,000 square km, in more than 25 communities in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Ngangkari work collaboratively with hospitals and health professionals even beyond this region, working hand in hand with western medical practitioners.

Abstract adapted from Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjar Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation

Nguyen OK, Cairney S (2013)

Literature review of the interplay between education, employment, health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote areas: working towards an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing framework.

Alice Springs, NT: Ninti One Limited

This literature review investigated present wellbeing frameworks at a global and local level that are relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Australia. Current government frameworks gather statistical data for policy analysis and program development. Progressively more frameworks are incorporating holistic measures of health, for example, cultural health, governance, and the impacts of colonisation.

The review highlights the need to establish a wellbeing framework that considers the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people together with their worldviews, perspectives, and values. Cultural identity is vital combined with control, achievement, and inclusion at a wider level of society. Examples of successful projects are included in the review with recommendations for the development of a wellbeing framework.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Oliver SJ (2013)

The role of traditional medicine practice in primary health care within Aboriginal Australia: a review of the literature.

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine; 9: 46

Retrieved 2 July 2013 from

Robinson GW, Tyler WB, Silburn SR, Zubrick SR (2013)

Gender, culture and intervention: exploring differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children's responses to an early intervention programme.

Children & Society; 27(6): 459–470

SA Health Aboriginal culture and history handbook (2013)

SA Health

SA Health (2013)

SA Health guide for engaging with Aboriginal people.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

SA Health (2013)

South Australian Aboriginal History Timeline.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

Sajiv C (2013)

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

Nephrology; Accepted article(

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (2013)

A place for culture? Exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence in the national quality standard.

Melbourne: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

Thackrah RD, Thompson SC (2013)

Refining the concept of cultural competence: building on decades of progress.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(1): 35-38

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

Tynan M, Smullen F, Atkinson P, Stephens K (2013)

Aboriginal cultural competence for health services in regional Victoria: lessons for implementation [letter].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 392–393

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

Working with older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Paddington, NSW: Benevolent Society

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

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

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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Bennett B, Green S, Gilbert S, Bessarab B, eds. (2012)

Our voices : Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander social work.

South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

Anderson M, Bilney J, Bycroft N, Cockatoo-Collins D, Creighton G, Else J, Faulkner C, French J, Liddle T, Miller A, Miller J, Quinnell L, Stewart B, Sutton P, Thomas C, Trindall C, Wilson J, Malin M, Moller J (2012)

Closing the gap: support for Indigenous loss.

Australian Nursing Journal; 19(10): 24-27

Armstrong R, Hayman NE (2012)

Self-determination: more than politics.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(1): 7

Bandias S, Fuller D, Holmes S (2012)

Aboriginal economic and human development in the Northern Territory of Australia: to work or not to work. A clash of non-Indigenous beliefs.

Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy; 31(1): 50-62

Behrendt L (2012)

Indigenous Australia for dummies.

Richmond, Vic: John Wiley

Beresford Q, Partington G, Gower G, eds. (2012)

Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education: fully revised edition.

Perth, WA: UWA Publishing

Berry SL, Crowe TP, Deane FP (2012)

Preliminary development and content validity of a measure of Australian Aboriginal cultural engagement.

Ethnicity & Health; 17(3): 325-336

Bidzinski T, Boustead G, Gleave R, Russo J, Scott S (2012)

A journey to cultural safety.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 43

Collard L, Bracknell C (2012)

Beeliar Boodjar: an introduction to Aboriginal history in the city of Cockburn, Western Australia.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; 2012(1): 86 - 91

Cowlishaw G (2012)

Culture and the absurd: the means and meanings of Aboriginal identity in the time of cultural revivalism.

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute; 18(2): 397-417

Cullen-Unsworth LC, Hill R, Butler JRA, Wallace M (2012)

A research process for integrating Indigenous and scientific knowledge in cultural landscapes: principles and determinants of success in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia.

The Geographical Journal; 178(4): 351–365

Doyle K (2012)

Measuring cultural appropriateness of mental health services for Australian Aboriginal peoples in rural and remote Western Australia: a client/clinician's journey.

International Journal of Culture and Mental Health; 5(1): 40-53

Fogarty W, Schwab RG (2012)

Indigenous education: experiential learning and learning through country.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Fuller J, Hermeston W, Passey M, Fallon T, Muyambi K (2012)

Acceptability of participatory social network analysis for problem-solving in Australian Aboriginal health service partnerships.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 152

Retrieved 10 June 2012 from

Glaskin K (2012)

Anatomies of relatedness: considering personhood in Aboriginal Australia.

American Anthropologist; 114(2): 297-308

Herringa S, Spangarob J, Lauwa M, McNamara L (2012)

The intersection of trauma, racism, and cultural competence in effective work with Aboriginal people: waiting for trust.

Australian Social Work; iFirst(

Retrieved 16 October 2012 from

Hollinsworth D (2012)

Forget cultural competence; ask for an autobiography.

Social Work Education: The International Journal; iFirst(

Retrieved 16 October 2012 from

Hottle DC (2012)

Social impact of emerging digital technologies on Australian Indigenous cultural preservation efforts.

: Australian Peoples Issues & Resources

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources (2012)

Western Australia: information about the negotiations aimed at resolving the Noongar native title claims.

Retrieved 23 February 2012 from

Kelaher M, Parry A, Day S, Paradies Y, Anderson I (2012)

Racial and ethnic identification and quality of care: an Australian perspective.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(6): 382

Kruske S, Belton S, Wardaguga M, Narjic C (2012)

Growing up our way: the first year of life in remote Aboriginal Australia.

Qualitative Health Research; 22(6): 777-787

Lau P, Pyett P, Burchill M, Furler J, Tynan M, Kelaher M, Liaw S-T (2012)

Factors influencing access to urban general practices and primary health care by Aboriginal Australians - a qualitative study.

AlterNative; 8(1): 66-84

Madden D, Cadet-James Y, Watkin-Lui F, Atkinson I (2012)

Healing through ICT: enhancing wellbeing in an Aboriginal community.

Journal of Tropical Psychology; 2(e6): 1-9

Mares S, Robinson G (2012)

Culture, context and therapeutic processes: delivering a parent-child intervention in a remote Aboriginal community.

Australasian Psychiatry; 20(2): 102-107

McIntyre-Tamwoy S, Fuary M, Buhrich A (2012)

Understanding climate, adapting to change: Indigenous cultural values and climate change impacts in North Queensland.

Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability; iFirst Article(

Retrieved 28 August 2012 from

New South Wales Department of Education and Communities (2012)

Connected Communities strategy.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Education and Communities

New South Wales Department of Education and Communities (2012)

Connected Communities: discussion paper.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Education and Communities

Paul D, Hill S, Ewen S (2012)

Revealing the (in)competency of "cultural competency" in medical education.

AlterNative; 8(3): 318-328

Perso T (2012)

Cultural responsiveness and school education with particular focus on Australia's first peoples: a review & synthesis of the literature.

Darwin: Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research

Taylor A (2012)

More than mobile: migration and mobility impacts from the ‘technologies of change' for Aboriginal communities in the remote Northern Territory of Australia.

Mobilities; 7(2): 269-294

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

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

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

Wright S, Lloyd K, Suchet-Pearson S, Burarrwanga L, Matalena Tofa M, Bawaka Country (2012)

Telling stories in, through and with country: engaging with Indigenous and more-than-human methodologies at Bawaka, NE Australia.

Journal of Cultural Geography; 29(1): 39-60


Bauman T, Macdonald G, eds. (2011)

Unsettling anthropology - the demands of native title on worn concepts and changing lives.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Ansell S, Koenig J (2011)

CyberTracker: an integral management tool used by rangers in the Djelk Indigenous Protected Area, central Arnhem Land, Australia.

Ecological Management & Restoration; 12(1): 13–25

Australian Aboriginal Elders (2011)

To the people of Australia - elders statement on the Intervention.

Retrieved 28 February 2011 from

Australian Human Rights Commission (2011)

Constitutional reform: creating a nation for all of us.

Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Office for the Arts (2011)

Review of Australian Government investment in the Indigenous broadcasting and media sector 2010.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (2011)

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation submission to the Federal Budget 2011-12.

Sydney: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation

Bainbridge R (2011)

Becoming empowered: a grounded theory study of Aboriginal women's agency.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S26-S29

Biddle N, Swee H (2011)

Sustainability - land, language and culture: lecture 10.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 5 May 2011, Canberra

Byard RW (2011)

Indigenous communities and the forensic autopsy.

Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology; 7(2): 139-140

Calma T, Gooda M (2011)

The social and cultural determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the human rights-based approach of the close the gap campaign for Indigenous health equality.

In: Laverty M, Callaghan L, eds. Determining the future : a fair go & health for all. Ballan, Vic: Connor Court Publishing:

Close VA (2011)

An insight into cross cultural communication strategies in health.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Southern Queensland:

Dahlstrom V, Johnson A (2011)

Give us a break! A look at the myths and legends surrounding Aboriginal people and our lifestyles.

Canberra: Australian General Practice Training

Dockery AM (2011)

Traditional culture and the well-being of Indigenous Australians: an analysis of the 2008 NATSISS.

Perth: Centre for Labour Market Research, Curtin University of Technology

"Black engagement" Practical tips on how to engage with the Mt Isa Indigenous community (2011)

Duffy G, Woolley T, Ross S

This two-page colour pamphlet provides rural placement students and health practitioners with practical tips about how to engage respectfully with Indigenous patients and colleagues in Mount Isa, Queensland. The tips in the pamphlet include:

  • do understand cultural time frames (Murri time) and be prepared to be flexible
  • do wear appropriate clothing
  • don't use inappropriate language (e.g. too much jargon or 'big words')
  • don't speak down or be condescending
  • don't make promises you can't keep.

The pamphlet was produced by the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University (JCU), in collaboration with the Mount Isa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group (MIATSIRG). The aim of the MIATSIRG is to support JCU in delivering their services to Indigenous communities in a culturally appropriate manner, and to improve how JCU engages with Indigenous communities. Some of the general information in the pamphlet may be useful for health practitioners working in Indigenous settings outside of Mount Isa.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

El Sayed F, Soar J, Wang Z (2011)

Cultural matter in the development of an interactive multimedia self-paced educational health program for Aboriginal health workers.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(4): 7-13

Farrelly T, Carlson B (2011)

Towards cultural competence in the justice sector.

Canberra: Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse

Fels MH (2011)

'I succeeded once': the Aboriginal protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839–1840.

: Australian National University E Press

Gooda M (2011)

Our relationships in native title: starting the conversation: AIATSIS Native Title Conference: keynote address.

Paper presented at the AIATSIS Native Title Conference 2011. 1-3 June 2011, Brisbane

Guerin P, Guerin B, Tedmanson D, Clark Y (2011)

How can country, spirituality, music and arts contribute to Indigenous mental health and wellbeing?.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S38-S41

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources (2011)

Indigenous resistance Down-Under: Gurindji fight the Intervention - two part video report.

: Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

Kickett M (2011)

What makes a successful Aboriginal person resilient?.

Paper presented at the Deadly approaches to staying healthy : innovative & practical chronic disease workshops for health professionals working with Aboriginal people. 13 March 2011, Perth, WA

King CK (2011)

How understanding the Aboriginal kinship system can inform better policy and practice : social work research with the Larrakia and Warumungu peoples of the Northern Territory.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Australian Catholic University: Canberra

Kiraly M, Humphreys C (2011)

"It is the story of all of us" : learning from Aboriginal communities about supporting family connection.

Melbourne: Office of the Child Safety Commissioner, Victoria

This report explores issues faced by Aboriginal families who are involved in kinship care in Victoria. (Kinship care is a type of care provided to children by members of their own family or friendship network when they are unable to live with their parents.)

The report identifies seven key pointers to good practice in Aboriginal kinship care. These are:

  • Keep children safe
  • Improve Aboriginal kinship care assessment and support
  • Increase financial and non-financial support to caregivers of Aboriginal children
  • Through Aboriginal services, support children's relationships and contact with a wide range of family members
  • Develop cultural awareness in non-Aboriginal workers and caregivers
  • Recognise that all of the above measures may work together to build a greater pool of suitable Aboriginal kinship care arrangements
  • Continue to support and work towards reconciliation in the Australian community.

The report draws heavily on interviews with Aboriginal families, children and services. It was produced as part of the Family links: kinship care and family contact research project conducted by the University of Melbourne with help from the office of Victoria's Child Safety Commissioner.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Law Council of Australia (2011)

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians : discussion paper.

Canberra: Law Council of Australia

Léger L, Ward M, Andrews M, Richardson D, Stewart J, McKemey M, Robinson J (2011)

Kakadu: vulnerability to climate change impacts: a report to the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Canberra: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australia

Lewih A (2011)

A study of Indigenous Australians within the rubrics of modernity and tradition.

Ideas in History; 3(1)

Retrieved 2011 from

Lewis T (2011)

Can cultural differences affect access of families to health care?.

Nuritinga; (10)

Retrieved August 2011 from

Lindeman MA, Taylor KA, Reid JB (2011)

Changing the thinking about priorities in Indigenous health research.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 19(5): 275

Martin D, Bauman T, Neale J (2011)

Challenges for Australian native title anthropology: practice beyond the proof of connection.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Maru YT, Davies J (2011)

Supporting cross-cultural brokers is essential for employment among Aboriginal people in remote Australia.

Rangeland Journal; 33(4): 327-338

McConvell P, Bowern C (2011)

The prehistory and internal relationships of Australian languages.

Language and Linguistics Compass; 5(1): 19-32

McNamara KE, Westoby R (2011)

Solastalgia and the gendered nature of climate change: an example from Erub Island, Torres Strait.

EcoHealth; 8(2): 233-236

Mitchell J (2011)

In good faith? Governing Indigenous Australia through God, charity and empire, 1825-1855.

Canberra: ANU E Press

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (2011)

National Congress report 2011.

Strawberry Hills, NSW: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (2011)

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples members' survey report.

Sydney: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

Reid JB, Taylor K (2011)

Indigenous mind: a framework for culturally safe Indigenous health research and practice.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(4): 4-6

Roth L (2011)

Indigenous disadvantage: can strengthening cultural attachment help to close the gap?.

Sydney: NSW Parliamentary Library Research Service

Smallwood G (2011)

Human rights and first Australians' well-being.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University: Townsville, Qld

Smykowsky A, Williams A (2011)

Improving communication with Indigenous people.

Australian Nursing Journal; 19(3): 28

Taylor J, Edwards J, Champion S, Cheers S, Chong A, Cummins R, Cheers B (2011)

Towards a conceptual understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and community functioning.

Community Development Journal; 47(1): 94-110

Taylor J (2011)

Postcolonial transformation of the Australian Indigenous population.

Geographical Research; 49(3): 286–300

Thomas M, Neale M, eds. (2011)

Exploring the legacy of the 1948 Arnhem Land expedition.

Canberra: Australian National University E Press

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (2011)

Talking rights - consulting with Victoria's Indigenous community about the right to self-determination and the charter.

Melbourne: Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Weir JK (2011)

Karajarri: a West Kimberley experience in managing native title.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Whop LJ (2011)

“You're not like other black people”: Reflections — Ross Ingram Memorial Essay Competition.

Medical Journal of Australia; 195(5): 292-293

You Me Unity (2011)

A national conversation about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander constitutional recognition: discussion paper.

Canberra: You Me Unity


Arabena K (2010)

Post-normal reconciliation – using science to reframe the reconciliation agenda.

Broome R (2010)

Aboriginal Australians : a history since 1788.

4 ed. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen &​ Unwin

Dudgeon P, Wright M, Paradies Y, Garvey D, Walker I (2010)

The social, cultural and historical context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

In: Purdie N, Dudgeon P, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing: 25-42

Edwards JA (2010)

Apologizing for the past for a better future: collective apologies in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

Southern Communication Journal; 75(1): 57-75

Fredericks B (2010)

We've had the Redfern Park speech and the apology: what's next?.

Outskirts: feminisms along the edge; 23(November):

Kiran A, Knights J (2010)

Traditional Indigenous games promoting physical activity and cultural connectedness in primary schools - cluster randomised control trial.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 21(2): 149-151

Muir S (2010)

The new representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: just one step.

Australian Indigenous Law Review; 14(1): 86-97

National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Bartoo JW[artist] (2010)

Interpretative guide of the RACGP standards for general practices (3rd edition) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.

Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Phipps P, Slater L (2010)

Indigenous cultural festivals: evaluating impact on community health and wellbeing.

Melbourne: Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University

Pickering M (2010)

Where are the stories?.

The Public Historian; 32(1): 79–95

The Apology to the Stolen Generations (revised) [factsheet] (2010)

Reconciliation Australia

This factsheet on the national apology to the Stolen Generations answers the following questions:

1. Who are the Stolen Generations?
2. How do we know their stories are true?
3. Why was it important to apologise to the Stolen Generations?
4. Why did Australians of today apologise for something they were not responsible for?
5. What does the apology mean to me as a non-Indigenous Australian?
6. Why should we apologise when many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are better off because they were removed from bad circumstances?
7. Has the apology led to claims for compensation from members of the Stolen Generations?
8. What has the Government done for members of the Stolen Generations since the apology?
9. Why was the word 'sorry' important as part of the apology?
10. Does the apology mean that reconciliation has been achieved?

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Reibel T, Walker R (2010)

Antenatal services for Aboriginal women: the relevance of cultural competence.

Quality in Primary Care; 18(1): 65-74

Reid E (2010)

Bridging cultural divides.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(6): 18-19

Robbins J (2010)

A nation within? Indigenous peoples, representation and sovereignty in Australia.

Ethnicities; 10(2): 257-274

Roberts A (2010)

Aboriginal women's fishing in New South Wales: a thematic history.

Sydney: Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2010)

Cultural safety training : identification of cultural safety training needs.

South Melbourne: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2010)

Cultural safety training : identification of cultural safety training needs : matrix for the identification of cultural safety training.

South Melbourne: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

van den Berg R (2010)

Cultural safety in health for Aboriginal people: will it work in Australia? Ross Ingram Memorial essay competition.

Medical Journal of Australia; 193(3): 136-137

Through our eyes: Aboriginal cultural knowledge, past present future in the Western Catchment of NSW [video documentaries] (2010)

Vera Hong

Victorian Statewide Emergency Program (2010)

Improving the patient experience for aboriginal people in the emergency department.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health


Rehoboth Torres Strait Islander Symposium, ed. (2009)

Zenadth Kes: I, Torres Strait Islander.

Thursday Island: Rehoboth Torres Strait Islander Symposium

This journal is written by Torres Strait Islanders for Torres Strait Islanders. The contributing authors are writing about themselves by revealing how they present themselves, acknowledging intellectual heritage and the inherent strength of Torres Strait Islander society. It acknowledges that for many Torres Strait islanders, they have had to suppress their cultural selves and by particpating in this 'Wakanwyan' was a self-demonstration of knowledge and ways of knowing they knew they possessed, but had to go home to it in order to feel it. This journey is about re-constructing self; being open; bringing the unconscious part of the mind and identity and relationships into the conscious; sharpening dulled instincts; of handing self over to a higher power. Of becoming aware of being Awake.

This journal covers the following topics

  • Rehoboth - the meaning of the word for Torres Straits
  • Reflections on the thematic topics covered in the Wayanwyan
  • Torres Strait Cultural Worldview- Values and Ethics: 'Muruygawmal Muykupal Pathmukmik'
  • Building bridges between contrasting mindsets
  • Policy imagination: The possibilities of synthesis for Ecohealth practitioners
  • After Mabo, what?
  • Initial insights into a Torres Strait Islander perspective of Indigenous education
  • In Our Own Words: The making of Malaytown Stories
  • The Challenges of Indigenous Qualitative Research within a Mainstream Australian Academic Context: A Torres Strait Islander Perspective
  • Maintenance and survival of traditional customs in contemporary society focusing on child rearing practices of Torres Strait Islanders

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Development Team (2009)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Development Team discussion paper.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Altman JC (2009)

Developing a national Indigenous policy framework that recognises needs, rights and legacies and delivers results.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Anderson J (2009)

Cultural liaison workers: learnings from the Mensline Australia Cultural X Change Project.

Family Relationships Quarterly; (12)

Retrieved from

Australian Human Rights Commission (2009)

Chapter 6: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice.

In: Australian Human Rights Commission annual report 2008-2009. Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission:

The Australian Human Rights Commission Annual Report 2008-09 includes a chapter titled 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice'. This chapter provides information under the follow topic headings:

  • statement from the Commissioner;
  • monitoring and reporting;
  • research and policy;
  • education and promotion;
  • legislative development;
  • international activities; and
  • speeches.

The chapter offers an overview of significant events, policies, reports and developments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice affairs during 2008 and 2009.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Human Rights Commission (2009)

Our future in our hands: creating a sustainable National Representative Body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Juvenile justice in Australia 2007-08.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Calma T (2009)

A human rights based approach to social and emotional wellbeing.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S15 - S19

Cooke M (2009)

Anglo/Aboriginal communication in the criminal justice process: a collective responsibility.

Journal of Judicial Administration; 19(1):

Dockery AM (2009)

Culture and wellbeing: the case of Indigenous Australians.

Perth: Centre for Labour Market Research

Feeney M (2009)

Reclaiming the Spirit of Well Being: promising healing practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Howe A (2009)

R V Wunungmurra: 'culture' as usual in the courts.

The Australian Feminist Law Journal; 30: 1-7

Indigenous Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Case Study Project (2009)

Solid work you mob are doing: case studies in Indigenous dispute resolution & conflict management in Australia.

Canberra: National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council

Janke T (2009)

Beyond guarding ground - the case for a national Indigenous cultural authority.

Sydney: Australia Council for the Arts

Mooney G (2009)

Health and homelands: good value for money?.

Melville, WA: Health Economics

This report examines the feasibility of, and method for, conducting a study of the costs and benefits of homeland living for Indigenous peoples in Australia. The report also examines the evidence currently available in relation to these benefits and costs. The study found that there is strong evidence on the health benefits for Indigenous Australians living on their homeland. Evidence on the costs associated with homeland living was varied, but the author argues that this should not support the current government policies which threaten the present homeland movement. The report recommends that an interim moratorium on policy action for the homelands takes place until further research is undertaken.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

Submission from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation: towards a national primary health care strategy: fulfilling Aboriginal peoples aspirations to close the gap.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Ranzijn R, McConnochie K, Nolan W (2009)

Psychology and Indigenous Australians: foundations of cultural competence.

South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

This book provides information on the psychological impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It begins by looking at the nature of culture, how colonisation has affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the role of psychology. It finishes by describing how practitioners can work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Abstract adapted from Psychology and Indigenous Australians

I am strong in my culture (2009)

SNAICC Resource Service

Snowdon W (2009)

Health, homelands and creativity [speech].

Retrieved from

Sunrise Health Service (2009)

Sunrise Health Service annual report 2008/09.

Katherine, NT: Sunrise Health Service

Sveiby K-E (2009)

Aboriginal principles for sustainable development as told in traditional law stories.

Sustainable Development; 17(6): 341-356

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (2009)

UNESCO world report: investing in cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

Paris: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Watson V (2009)

From the ‘quiet revolution' to ‘crisis' in Australian Indigenous affairs.

Cultural Studies Review; 15(1): 88-109


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2008)

Native title report 2007.

Sydney: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

This report, released annually by the HREOC through the Office of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, reports on the operation of the Native Title Act 1993 and its effect on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year's native title report discusses recent amendments to Native Title law and policy in Australia and how these changes affect the land rights of Indigenous Australians. Four native title cases which document the issues arising from the interpretation of the Native Title Act by the common law are discussed. The report results in 25 recommendations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Doing the right thing: protocols for working with Indigenous arts (2008)

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australian Council for the Arts has released a fully revised second edition of its protocol guides to help Australians better understand the use of Indigenous cultural material. Doing the right thing: protocols for working with Indigenous arts cover Indigenous Australian media arts, music arts, performing arts, visual arts and writing. The guides are also created to help Indigenous artists know how to best protect their work and their culture.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Central Land Council (2008)

Central Land Council submission to NT Government: outstation policy discussion paper.

Alice Springs: Central Land Council

Coram S (2008)

'Mainstreaming' Indigenous inequality as disadvantage and the silencing of 'race' in Australian social, educational and vocational training policy.

Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association e-journal; 4(1)

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Medical Deans Indigenous health project critical reflection tool (2008)

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand

The Critcial Refelction Tool (CRT) is a document aimed at assisting Indigenous health curriculum development. The CRT is designed to be used as a practical management tool for faculties and schools that have responsibility for Indigenous health across the organisation.

The CRT can support medical schools implement, monitor and sustain a nationally agreed Indigenous health curriculum framework and to adopt initiatives related to Indigenous student recruitment, retention and support.

The CRT was developed by the Medical Deans Indigenous Health Project Staff with the assistance of a Working Party made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics and Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) representatives.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cultural considerations and communication techniques: guidelines for providing mental health first aid to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (2008)

Mental Health First Aid Australia

These guidelines are a general set of recommendations about how members of the public can help an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The guidelines provide information on cultural considerations and communication techniques that members of the public should be aware of when providing mental health first aid. The following areas are covered:

  • learning about the person's culture and their concept of mental illness
  • knowing what is normal and what is not in the person's culture
  • knowing what is culturally appropriate communication
  • not shaming the person, their family, or community
  • using community and family supports.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pilkington D (2008)

A long way alright.

: Radio National

This radio segment from Radio National features writer Doris Pilkington, author of Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence, a story inspired by her mother's journey to return to her Western Desert home after being taken away from her family. Doris Pilkington has gone on to write a sequel this story, titled Under the Wintamarra Tree, which recounts her personal story, beginning with her birth under a tree on a pastoral station in the Western Desert.

Doris was interviewed while she was in Sydney to receive the Red Ochre Award which honours outstanding contributions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the arts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Quantum Consulting Australia (2008)

Indigenous sport and culture plan for the communities of the Kullarri region, the Western Desert region and the Tjurabalan region (COAG East Kimberley Trial Site).

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation

SBS TV Station (2008)

First Australians series [7 DVDs].

: TV series recorded for Edith Cowan University under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 by Edith Cowan Library

First Australians is a seven-episode documentary series that chronicles the history of contemporary Australia, from the perspective of its first people. The content is largely drawn from archival documents and interpretations from historians and members and leaders of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The series begins in 1788 in Sydney, with the arrival of the First Fleet and ends in 1993 with Eddie Koiki Mabo's legal challenge for Indigenous land rights.

The documentary is part of a larger project that includes a book, a community outreach program and a comprehensive and interactive website featuring over 200 mini-documentaries.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Shannon C, Panaretto K, Doumany J, Canuto C, Coyle M (2008)

Australian Indigenous Health Report 2008.

Brisbane: University of Queensland

Sims M, Saggers S, Hutchins T, Guilfoyle A, Targowska A, Jackiewicz S (2008)

Indigenous child care: leading the way.

Australian Journal of Early Childhood; 33(1): 56-60

Westwood B, Atkinson N, Westwood G (2008)

Recognition of cultural awareness training as a core component of health services.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(1): 27-29

Wood L, France K, Hunt K, Eades S, Slack-Smith L (2008)

Indigenous women and smoking during pregnancy: knowledge, cultural contexts and barriers to cessation.

Social Science & Medicine; 66(11): 2378-2389

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