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Apunipima Cape York Health Council (2017)

Recommendations to guide the delivery of Lifestyle Modification Programs in Cape York 2017.

Cairns: Apunipima Cape York Health Council

Crowe R, Stanley R, Probst Y, McMahon A (2017)

Culture and healthy lifestyles: a qualitative exploration of the role of food and physical activity in three urban Australian Indigenous communities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(


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


Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2015)

2013 Knockout Health Challenge: evaluation findings.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation

Christian F, Hodge W, Matthews-Simmons F, Thomas M, Vale C, Odgers J, Leahy-Gatfield R (2015)

Evaluation of the NSW Knockout Health Challenge 2013: final report.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation


Canuto KJ, Spagnoletti B, McDermott RA, Cargo M (2013)

Factors influencing attendance in a structured physical activity program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in an urban setting: a mixed methods process evaluation.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 12: 11

Retrieved 24 January 2013 from

Doyle J, Firebrace B, Reilly R, Crumpen T, Rowley K (2013)

What makes us different? The role of Rumbalara Football and Netball Club in promoting Indigenous wellbeing.

Australian Community Psychologist; 25(2): 7-21


Get Up and Grow: posters - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific publications (2012)

Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The Get up and grow Indigenous specific resources have been developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, childcare professionals and educators from urban, rural and remote locations in Australia in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health.

These resources are designed to be used in a wide range of early childhood settings by families, staff and carers in the promotion of healthy food and physical activity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The six full colour posters include information on:

  • less is best for screen-time
  • water: a healthy and essential drink
  • your baby's first foods
  • learning through active play
  • finding new flavours
  • travel the active way.

Please note that only some of the posters are available in hard copy. Refer to the links below for further information.

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

Nilson C (2012)

A partnership with women and Binjareb leaders and elders.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 37

Walker M (2012)

Nurse-led program improves women's health.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 36

Last updated: 22 January 2018
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