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Adams K, Liebzeit A, Browne J, Atkinson P (2017)

How’s Your Sugar? Evaluation of a website for Aboriginal people with diabetes.

JMIR Diabetes; 2(1): 1-11


Rankin P, Morton D, Kent L, Mitchell B (2016)

A community-based lifestyle intervention targeting Type II Diabetes risk factors in an Australian Aboriginal population: a feasibility study.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 16(3)

Retrieved 8 August 2016 from

Schierhout G, Matthews V, Connors C, Thompson S, Kwedza R, Kennedy C, Bailie R (2016)

Improvement in delivery of type 2 diabetes services differs by mode of care: a retrospective longitudinal analysis in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care setting.

BMC Health Services Research; 16: 560

Retrieved 7 October 2016 from

Schmidt B, Campbell S, McDermott R (2016)

Community health workers as chronic care coordinators: evaluation of an Australian Indigenous primary health care program.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(S1): S107–S114

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

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

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(4): 307–312

Stewart J, Sanson-Fisher R, Eades S (2016)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: accuracy of patient self-report of screening for diabetes, high cholesterol and cervical cancer.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(S1): S3–S6

Taylor S, McDermott R (2016)

High glycaemia and low uptake of insulin treatment among remote Torres Strait Islanders with diabetes: implications for service delivery.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; Early view(


Askew D, Brady J, Brown A, Cass A, Davy C, DeVries J, Fewquandie B, Hackett M, Howard M, Ingram S, Liu H, Mentha R, Peiris D, Simon P, Rickards B, Togni S (2014)

The fork in the road: exploring factors which influence whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease remain engaged with health services.

Sydney: Kanyini Vascular Collaboration

Malseed C, Nelson A, Ware R, Lacey I, Lander K (2014)

Deadly choices community health events: a health promotion initiative for urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 20(4): 379-383


Bergin SM, Nube VL, Alford JB, Allard BP, Gurr JM, Holland EL, Horsley MW, Kamp MC, Lazzarini PA, Sinha AK, Warnock JT, Wraight PR (2013)

Australian Diabetes Foot Network: practical guideline on the provision of footwear for people with diabetes.

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research; 6: 6

Retrieved 26 February 2013 from

This article outlines practical guidance for health professionals on how they can best deliver recommendations for suitable footwear to reduce trauma, in the form of pressure and/or friction from footwear, for people with diabetes in Australia.

Abstract adapted from Journal of Foot and Ankle Research


Abbott PA, Davison JE, Moore LF, Rubinstein R (2012)

Effective nutrition education for Aboriginal Australians: lessons from a diabetes cooking course.

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; 44(1): 55-59

Adams M, Kelso R, Trute M, Chalmers L, Dean T (2012)

Got suga: diabetes-specific workshop.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 36(1): 9-12

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Risk factors contributing to chronic disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2012)

Healthy lifestyle programs for physical activity and nutrition.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report assesses the evidence regarding the effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition intervention programs in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in Indigenous communities. The report also describes the burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease) affecting Indigenous Australians and assesses strategies that have the potential to be affective.

The authors conclude from the evidence that healthy lifestyle programs can help to combat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In particular, the programs that were found to be most effective were community-based projects that were initiated and managed by the communities in which they were run. Individual, family and group-based Indigenous healthy lifestyle projects were found to have positive effects in the short term (up to two years). It is not known whether these effects are sustained in the long term as few programs have both the resources and impetus to continue long term.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Harch S, Reeve D, Reeve C (2012)

Management of type 2 diabetes – a community partnership approach.

Australian Family Physician; 41(1/2): 73-76

Katterl R, Anikeeva O, Butler C, Brown L, Smith B, Bywood P (2012)

Potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Australia: causes for hospitalisations and primary health care interventions.

Adelaide: Primary Health Care Research and Information Service

This publication reports on a review of evidence on the impact of Australian wide initiatives which reduce potentially avoidable hospitalisation (PAH). It focuses on three common conditions that result in PAHs: diabetes complications; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dental problems. Risk factors for PAHs include having an Indigenous background. This population group often experiences difficulties accessing primary health care leading to PAH. The report outlines approaches which can help reduce PAHs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2012)

National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: second edition.

South Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: second edition provides an up-to-date, evidence-based national resource created to help all health professionals delivering primary health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The use of this guide may help to prevent disease, detect early and unrecognised disease, and promote health. This guide contains Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander-specific information on:

  • lifestyle factors (including smoking, overweight/obesity, physical activity, and alcohol)
  • health among specific populations (child health, adolescent health, and the health of older people)
  • chronic conditions (cardiovascular health, rheumatic heart disease, respiratory health, kidney health, diabetes, and cancer)
  • infections conditions (sexual health and bloodborne viruses)
  • other health conditions (oral health, eye health, ear health, and mental health).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Fitzgerald M (2012)

The risk status, screening history and health concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(5): 617–624

Terare M, McDonnell C, Wilson G (2012)

The Chronic Care Service Enhancement Program.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 58-59

Last updated: 21 December 2017
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