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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with health promotion among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. Select a State or Territory from the drop down menu to view general references specific to that region. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

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Brusse C, Gardner K, McAullay D, Dowden M (2014)

Social media and mobile apps for health promotion in Australian Indigenous populations: scoping review.

Journal of Medical Internet Research; 16(12): e280

Retrieved 10 December 2014 from

Crouch A, Fagan P (2014)

Are insights from Indigenous health shaping a paradigm shift in health promotion praxis in Australia?.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 20(4): 323-326

Zemits B, Maypilama L, Wild K, Mitchell A, Rumbold A (2014)

Moving beyond "health education": participatory filmmaking for cross-cultural health communication.

Health Communication; Latest articles(


Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This plan provides a long-term, evidence-based policy framework as part of the Council of Australian Governments' approach to Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. The Australian Government worked in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, and peak bodies to produce the plan.

The plan builds on the United nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples, with a focus on:

  • policies and programs to improve Indigenous health
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • resilience
  • promoting healthy behaviours
  • the centrality of culture for health and wellbeing
  • the right of people to be safe and empowered.

The plan at a glance includes:

  • the vision
  • principles
  • priorities
  • implementation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Meihubers S (2013)

The Bila Muuji oral health promotion partnership.

NSW Public Health Bulletin; 24(3): 128-130

Whelan S, Wright DJ (2013)

Health services use and lifestyle choices of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Social Science & Medicine; 84: 1–12


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

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

Demaio A, Drysdale M, de Courten M (2012)

Appropriate health promotion for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: crucial for closing the gap.

Global Health Promotion; 19(2): 58-62

Harch S, Reeve D, Reeve C (2012)

Management of type 2 diabetes – a community partnership approach.

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

Higgins R, Murphy B, Worcester M, Daffey A (2012)

Supporting chronic disease self-management: translating policies and principles into clinical practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(1): 80-87

Nelson AL, Macdonald D, Abbott RA (2012)

A risky business? Health and physical activity from the perspectives of urban Australian Indigenous young people.

Health, Risk & Society; 14(4): 325-340


Carol T, Khan A, Bell G, Standen J (2011)

Evaluation of a dog health program in an Aboriginal community in northern NSW.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(5): 29-29

Northern Territory Department of Health (2011)

Health promotion strategic framework 2011 - 2015 [draft].

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health

Currently a draft publication, the Health promotion strategic framework is a guiding document for health promotion in the Northern Territory (NT). It provides a broad definition and explains the value of health promotion, as well as clarifying and offering illustrative examples of health determinants and a continuum of health promotion practice. A glossary of terms is provided in line with one of the framework's aims, that is, to build an evidence-base for particular health promotion strategies.

The Health promotion strategic framework:

  • provides a structure for describing types of health promotion actions
  • enables a shared understanding and a consistent approach to the development and implementation of health promotion
  • provides guidance about embedding a health promotion approach into all planning processes, programs and service development.

Written for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers in the health sector and encouraged for those in other sectors, the framework is intended for use in conjunction with health promotion audit tools and other health promotion resources available in the NT, such as the Public health bush books and the Quality improvement program planning system (QIPPS). Consultation is currently being sought on the draft until 24 February 2012.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Porter S, Donovan S, Henry M, Venables S, Cottom A (2011)

The Koori kook up at Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(5): 8-9

Silburn SR, Nutton G, Arney F, Moss B (2011)

The first 5 years: starting early.

Darwin: Northern Territory Government

Ward PR, Javanparast S, Wilson C (2011)

Equity of colorectal cancer screening: which groups have inequitable participation and what can we do about it?.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 17(4): 334-346


Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Taking preventative action – a response to Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020 – the report of the National Preventative Health Taskforce.

Canberra: Preventative Health Taskforce

From April 2008 the National Preventative Health Taskforce havas been developing strategies to tackle the health challenges faced by all Australians, caused by tobacco, alcohol and obesity. In October 2008, the Taskforce released a discussion paper, Australia: the healthiest country by 2020 and three associated technical papers on obesity, tobacco and alcohol. These documents formed the basis for conducting consultations and calling for public submissions.

Following this review and consultation process, the Taskforce released its final report in September 2009, titled Australia: the Healthiest Country by 2020. The Taskforce put forward 136 recommendations and 35 areas for action, tackling obesity, tobacco and alcohol as key drivers of chronic disease.
Taking preventative action - a response to Australia: The Healthiest Country by 2020 - the report of the National Preventative Health is a report outlining how the Commonwealth government has responded to the recommendations of the Taskforce. The issues and outcomes that will impact most on the Indigenous population include tobacco control and prevention for Indigenous Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

DiGiacomo M, Abbott P, Davison J, Moore L, Davidson PM (2010)

Facilitating uptake of Aboriginal adult health checks through community engagement and health promotion.

Quality in Primary Care; 18(1): 57-64

Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute, Winangali Pty Ltd (2010)

Developmental research to inform the local Indigenous community campaigns to promote better health.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute, Winangali Pty Ltd (2010)

Developmental research to inform the National Action to Reduce Smoking Rates social marketing campaign.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

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

McDonald E, Bailie R, Grace J, Brewster D (2010)

An ecological approach to health promotion in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

Health Promotion International; 25(1): 42-53


Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal (2009)

The Indigenous health promotion resources guide: a national information guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers: 6th edition.

6th ed. Matraville, NSW: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: targeting risk factors.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Baum F, Narayan R, Sanders D, Patel V, Quizhpe A (2009)

Social vaccines to resist and change unhealthy social and economic structures: a useful metaphor for health promotion.

Health Promotion International; 24(4): 428-433

Cinelli RL, O'Dea JA (2009)

Body image and obesity among Australian adolescents from Indigenous and Anglo-European backgrounds: implications for health promotion and obesity prevention among Aboriginal youth.

Health Education Research; 24(6): 1059-1068

Council of Australian Governments (2009)

National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

Dussart F (2009)

Diet, diabetes and relatedness in a central Australian Aboriginal settlement: some qualitative recommendations to facilitate the creation of culturally sensitive health promotion initiatives.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 20(3): 202-207

McCalman J, Tsey K, Gibson T, Baird B (2009)

Health of Indigenous Australians and health promotion.

In: Jirojwong S, Liamputtong P, eds. Population health, communities & health promotion. Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 69-91

Mitchell A, Vass A (2009)

Community health literacy: effective Indigenous health promotion.

The Chronicle; 15(4): 33

Last updated: 11 March 2015
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