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2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (2014)

Registration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners [forum package].

Canberra: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Dental workforce 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Baba JT, Brolan CE, Hill PS (2014)

"It's a healing place." Aboriginal medical services cure more than illness: a qualitative study of how Indigenous services address the health impacts of discrimination in Brisbane communities.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 13: 56

Retrieved 10 October 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-13-56

Biddle N, Brennan C, Yap M (2014)

Effectiveness of traineeships and apprenticeships for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Bourke L, Waite C, Wright J (2014)

Mentoring as a retention strategy to sustain the rural and remote health workforce.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(1): 2 - 7

Chapman R, Martin C, Smith T (2014)

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

International Emergency Nursing; 22(4): 179–184

Ella S, Lee KSK, Childs S, Conigrave KM (2014)

Who are the New South Wales Aboriginal drug and alcohol workforce? A first description.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12199):

Freckelton I (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner regulation.

Journal of Law and Medicine; 21(3): 550-560

Health Workforce Australia (2014)

Leadership for the sustainability of the health system: part 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leadership, a key informant interview report.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2014)

Pharmacists in focus.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Hunter B, Yap M (2014)

Income, work and education: insights for closing the gap in urban Australia.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Ismail S, Stern J, Waddell C, Morse A, Smith T (2014)

Training needs and solutions for eye care within ACCHOs.

Paper presented at the NACCHO healthy futures summit. 25 June 2014, Melbourne

Kuipers P, Harvey D, Lindeman M, Stothers K (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners in rural areas: credentialing, context and capacity building.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2897

Retrieved 10 October 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2897

Larkins S, Panzera A, Beaton N, Murray R, Mills J, Coulter K, Stewart R, Hollins J, Matich P, Baird D (2014)

Regional health workforce planning in north Queensland: starting with the end in mind.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Laufik N (2014)

The physician assistant role in Aboriginal healthcare in Australia.

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants; 27(1): 32-35

Mercer CA, Bryth J, Jordan Z (2014)

The experiences of Aboriginal health workers and non-Aboriginal health professionals working collaboratively in the delivery of health care to Aboriginal Australians: a systematic review.

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports; 12(3):

Moran AM, Coyle J, Pope R, Boxall D, Nancarrow SA, Young J (2014)

Supervision, support and mentoring interventions for health practitioners in rural and remote contexts: an integrative review and thematic synthesis of the literature to identify mechanisms for successful outcomes.

Human Resources for Health; 12(15): 1-30

Morell AL, Kiem S, Millsteed MA, Pollice A (2014)

Attraction, recruitment and distribution of health professionals in rural and remote Australia: early results of the Rural Health Professionals Program.

Human Resources for Health; 12(15): 1-6

Morse A, Waddell C, Arkapaw L (2014)

Eyes on the prize – use of clinical file audit data to set eye care goals and priorities at the local and regional health service level for Aboriginal community controlled health services in NSW and NT.

Paper presented at the Lowitja Institute CQI Conference 2014. 17-18 March 2014, Melbourne

Moss J, Parker R, Pinkstone K, Torrens S, Kirby C, Gartrell T, Peppercorn D, Preston E, Besa L (2014)

Everybody's business: a handbook for Indigenous employment.

Perth: Western Australian Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre

This step-by-step handbook has practical advice for managers and supervisors who are responsible for hiring and retaining staff.

This guide will help employers establish the practical tools they need to establish and maintain successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs. These include recruitment, application processes, hiring and supporting people through their career progression.

It was created in close consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations and aims to boost the sustainable employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The guide was developed in collaboration with GenerationOne, the Australia Employment Covenant, Reconciliation Australia and Social Ventures Australia.

Abstract adapted from GenerationOne

New South Wales Aboriginal Workforce Planning and Development (2014)

NSW Health Aboriginal workforce strategic framework 2011-2015: key performance indicator report January-June 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

New South Wales Ministry of Health (2014)

Aboriginal health worker guidelines for NSW Health.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

These guidelines aim to provide a framework for defining, implementing and supporting Aboriginal Health Workers working in New South Wales (NSW) Health Services. They aim to assist line managers and Aboriginal Health Workers to:

  • clearly understand their roles, responsibilities and career pathways
  • increase the capacity of health services and managers to support and strengthen Aboriginal Health Worker roles
  • promote appropriate education and training pathways
  • assist health services managers to make decisions on the scopes of practice, delegation of activities and supervision requirements.

The guidelines were developed under the Aboriginal Health Worker project, a project involving a review of the current workforce and education and training pathways and the development of new strategies and resources to better support Aboriginal Health Workers in NSW Health.

Abstract adapted from NSW Health

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (2014)

The QAIHC core indicators : overview of development and technical details : version 3.

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Rix EF, Barclay L, Wilson S (2014)

Can a white nurse get it? ‘Reflexive practice’ and the non-Indigenous clinician/researcher working with Aboriginal people.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2769

Retrieved 3 June 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2679

Rose M (2014)

'Knowledge is power' : Aboriginal healthworkers' perspectives on their practice, education and communities.

Doctor of Education thesis, University of Technology: Sydney

Sabesan S, Allen D, Caldwell P, Loh PK, Mozer R, Komesaroff PA, Talman P, Williams M, Shaheen N, Gabinski O (2014)

Practical aspects of telehealth: doctor–patient relationship and communication.

Internal Medicine Journal; 44(1): 101 - 103

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

Taylor K, Guerin P (2014)

Health care and Indigenous Australians : cultural safety in practice.

2nd ed. South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

Wakerman J, Stothers K (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health general practice embraces its significant role in closing the gap.

Australian Family Physician; 43(1): 7

Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre factsheets (2014)

Western Australian Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre

This range of workforce factsheets were developed for both job seekers and employers. The topics for Aboriginal job seekers are:

  • Do you need help to get a job or career?
  • Housing
  • I'm an Aboriginal person, how do I find a mentor?
  • Ready jobs and communities program.

The topics for employers are:

  • Building an Aboriginal workforce
  • Can we help you to promote your services?
  • Developing an Aboriginal employment strategy
  • How can I attract Aboriginal staff?
  • How can I recruit Aboriginal staff?
  • How can I retain Aboriginal staff?
  • How do I find a mentor for my Aboriginal employee?
  • Incentives for employers
  • Indigenous employment program
  • More on mentoring
  • Ready, set, job
  • Reconciliation action plan
  • Remote jobs and communities program
  • What is workplace mentoring
  • What makes a good mentor.

The factsheets were developed by the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre.

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre

Wieland L (2014)

My journey into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Australian Family Physician; 43(1/2): 12-14

2013

Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of New South Wales Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program (2013)

10 out of 10 deadly health stories: continuous quality improvement.

Retrieved 2013 from http://cqidata.org.au/success-stories/publications/

This collection of stories outlines what has worked for ten New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in undertaking local continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Topics covered include:

  • data quality and data use
  • approaches to CQI
  • building effective teams and change
  • tools and resources.

The stories are generated to help build skills and knowledge by sharing NSW ACCHS success stories in CQI and data management. These stories were part of the CQI program run by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council.

Abstract adapted from Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council

Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre (2013)

How well do you understand the Aboriginal people you employ? A guide to improving retention through supporting wellbeing and good workplace practices.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development

This resource package was developed to give employers of Aboriginal people a better understanding of the issues these employees may be facing, not just in the workplace but also in their community.

The package contains a brochure and information sheets that will help employers to create a supportive and culturally secure workplace for Aboriginal employees.

To complement this package, the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre provides training and information for Aboriginal people (employees, job seekers and those transitioning to employment) to empower them to minimise the impact of grief and loss on their wellbeing and workplace performance.

The Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre developed the package on the request and advice of the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre Steering Group. Input was provided by key Aboriginal stakeholders, employees and employers.

Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre abstract

Allen and Clarke (2013)

Evaluation of the Northern Territory continuous quality improvement (CQI) investment strategy: final report.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2013)

A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services: guide for practitioners and providers.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This document is a guide for mental health practitioners and services to Australia's national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services.

The guide provides:

  • definitions for the concepts of recovery and lived experience
  • descriptions of the practice domains and key capabilities necessary for the mental health workforce to function in accordance with recovery-oriented principles
  • guidance on tailoring recovery-oriented approaches to respond to the diversity of people with mental health issues, to people in different life circumstances and at different ages and stages of life.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Healthy for life: results for July 2007-June 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data from services receiving Healthy for life (HfL) funding, including the number of clients and health outcomes measured by 10 essential indicators (EIs) covering maternal and child health and chronic disease care:

  • timing of first antenatal visit
  • average birthweight
  • low and high birthweight babies
  • risk factors identified during pregnancy
  • immunisation rates
  • conduct of adult health checks
  • chronic disease management plans, GP management plans and team care arrangements
  • glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) blood tests for clients with type 2 diabetes (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)
  • blood pressure tests for clients with type 2 diabetes (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)
  • blood pressure tests for clients with coronary heart disease (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)

It is the first publicly released report published since data collection and reporting for the Healthy for life program began in 2007. Healthy for life (HfL) program was established with a set of key objectives to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report provides comparisons over time, making it easy to see how the program has developed and its major achievements.

About 100 health services were funded as part of the program, but not all were required to provide data. Those providing data for the report represent 85% of all services funded in the 2010-11 reporting period. The services are widely distributed in every state and territory, from major cities to very remote areas.

The HfL aligns with the principles and priorities of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSF), 2003- 2013 and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the gap initiative, and is the first Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) funded program with a strong focus on continuous quality improvement (CQI) to collect and report on health outcome data that goes beyond service activity reporting.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

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

Brokensha H, Taylor A, Carson D (2013)

The Northern Territory’s non-resident workforce - one census on.

Demography and Growth Planning Research Brief Series; 2013(4):

Browne J, Thorpe S, Tunny N, Adams K, Palermo C (2013)

A qualitative evaluation of a mentoring program for Aboriginal health workers and allied health professionals.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(5): 457-462

Carey TA (2013)

A qualitative study of a social and emotional well-being service for a remote Indigenous Australian community: implications for access, effectiveness, and sustainability.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 80

Retrieved 4 March 2013 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/13/80/abstract

Catto M (2013)

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops summary evaluation report.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Clifford A, Shakeshaft T, Deans C (2013)

Training and tailored outreach support to improve alcohol screening and brief intervention in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(1): 72–79

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2013)

Assessment strategies guide for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander: primary health care qualifications - HTL training package release 1.2.

Sydney: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

Constable J, O’Leary J, Roberts A (2013)

Closing the work gap in corporate Australia: Indigenous perspectives on effective engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the private sector.

Sydney: Diversity Council Australia

This is the second research report which investigates Indigenous perspectives on effective community engagement for successful and sustainable employment in the private sector.

The publication reports on research that sought the opinions of Indigenous thought leaders and practitioners. The investigation and presentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives was seen as necessary to balance what was seen as a disproportionate focus on employer perspectives and experiences to-date.

The report presents eight key characteristics of effective engagement:

  • engagement premised on Indigenous perspectives
  • community conscious engagement
  • strategic engagement
  • engagement focused on two-way capacity building
  • culturally safe and inclusive engagement
  • clear and authentic engagement
  • taking time when engaging
  • engagement using the right metrics.

The reported findings - that Indigenous peoples' voices and knowledge are key to enabling Australian organisations build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations - could be applied beyond private sector employment.

The report was produced by the Diversity Council Australia in partnership with Lend Lease and Reconciliation Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dawson AP, Cargo M, Stewart H, Chong A, Daniel M (2013)

Identifying multi-level culturally appropriate smoking cessation strategies for Aboriginal health staff: a concept mapping approach.

Health Education Research; 28(1): 31-45

Ella SJ (2013)

Professional strengths and needs of the New South Wales Aboriginal drug and alcohol workforce.

Master of Philosophy thesis, University of Sydney: Sydney

Gausia K, Thompson S, Nagel T, Rumbold A, Connors C, Matthews V, Boyle J, Schierhout G, Bailie R (2013)

Antenatal emotional wellbeing screening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services in Australia.

Contemporary Nurse; 46(1): 73–82

Health Education and Training Institute (2013)

Hospital skills program: Aboriginal health module version 1.1.

Sydney: Health Education and Training Institute

Health Workforce Australia (2013)

A needs analysis of simulated learning environments in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care training.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2013)

Health Workforce Australia: work plan 2013-2014.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2013)

Health workforce by numbers: issue 1.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2013)

Reconciliation action plan 2013.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2013)

The Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Judd J, Keleher H (2013)

Building health promotion capacity in a primary health care workforce in the Northern Territory: some lessons from practice.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 24(3): 163-169

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

Feeling deadly, working deadly: Indigenous AOD worker wellbeing resource kit (2013)

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

This resource kit aims to reduce stress and burnout, and improve wellbeing among Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers. It includes a range of resources to help workers manage the variety of situations and stressors they face. The kit contains:

  • 2 DVDs
    • a DVD containing all the kit's written resources
    • a video resource which takes a humorous look at a day in the life of an Indigenous AOD worker
  • Staying deadly handbook of strategies for preventing stress and burnout
  • 7 Theory into practice (TIP) sheets for managers and supervisors
  • 4 Theory into Practice (TIP) sheets for Indigenous AOD workers
  • 5 case studies - discussion starters on the problems faced by Indigenous AOD workers
  • a talking circle guide - a guide for conducting talking circle discussions
  • a workforce development checklist
  • an online directory of worker resources.

The kit was developed by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) and forms part of NCETA's program of work on Indigenous AOD worker wellbeing.

Abstract adapted from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and training program for placement support workers in Tasmania: a pilot project.

Normanville, SA: National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Northern Territory Department of Health (2013)

Remote Health Atlas.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Remote_Health_Atlas/

This website ('the Atlas') is a tool for Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health staff who work in remote areas. The Atlas is maintained by the Remote Health Branch of the NT Department of Health.

The Atlas contains protocols, standards, forms and information relevant to remote health work in the NT. Topics covered are:

  • community relationships
  • cultural considerations
  • medical records
  • recall
  • referrals
  • patient travel
  • quality assurance
  • health programs
  • emergencies, evacuations and retrievals
  • clinical protocols
  • births and deaths
  • pharmacy
  • stores and ordering
  • pathology
  • Medicare
  • information and communication technology
  • staff travel
  • vehicles
  • equipment and other assets
  • accommodation
  • visitors
  • occupational health and safety
  • infection control
  • employment matters
  • staff development.

In general, the website does not provide protocols for the management of clinical conditions. Protocols for the management of clinical conditions are covered by the CARPA standard treatment manual and the Women's business manual, both of which are endorsed by the NT Health Department. However, when clinical best practice changes, or where a new requirement for clinical guidance emerges, interim advice is contained in this Atlas.

Abstract adapted from NT Department of Health

Northern Territory Medicare Local (2013)

Northern Territory medicare local health and workforce program: summaries 2013-2014: focus on general practice.

Darwin: Northern Territory Medicare Local

Paul D (2013)

Creating change: building the capacity of the medical workforce in Aboriginal health.

ANZ Journal of Surgery; 83(1-2): 55–59

Pleshetet N, Elvin R (2013)

Orbiting in place: a West Kimberley case study of Indigenous Sector employment and service delivery.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Roche AM, Duraisingam V, Trifonoff A, Tovell A (2013)

The health and well-being of Indigenous drug and alcohol workers: results from a national Australian survey.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment; 44(1): 17–26

Rural Health Education Foundation (2013)

A unique & valued profession: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health workers.

: Rural Health Education Foundation

This half hour DVD includes ten short interviews with Indigenous health workers from around Australia who share their experiences as health professionals. It highlights the role they play in delivering culturally safe and effective health care, their commitment and their work towards closing the health gap for their people.

The resource also includes an interactive panel discussion, recorded live, which provides information on the role and function of Indigenous health workers, particularly their broad scope of practice. Health workers who have the title 'health practitioner' are required to be registered under the Health worker registration scheme and the panel discusses the different state and territory transitions to the national scheme.

The resource was developed by the Rural Health Education Foundation and funded by Health Workforce Australia.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that these programs may contain images of people who have died.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Rural Health Education Foundation (2013)

Gathering medical, social, family and cultural information.

: Rural Health Education Foundation

This Gathering medical, social, family and cultural information teaching clip can be incorporated into teaching materials such as lectures, learning activities and set assignments. This clip illustrates the ability of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker to gather not only physical and medical data, but also information that is more sensitive and harder to get. Often this is family, social or cultural information that is crucial to the person's holistic health and well-being.

There are eight teaching clips in the series:

  • the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
  • training and getting started
  • cultural brokerage
  • gathering medical, social, family and cultural information
  • improving patient communication and understanding
  • Health workers front and centre in a primary healthcare clinic
  • supporting patients during their hospital stay
  • connecting the community with health services and information.

The resource was developed by the Rural Health Education Foundation and funded by Health Workforce Australia.

The clips can be viewed online or ordered from the Rural Health Education Foundation.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that these programs may contain images of people who have died.

Abstract adapted from Rural Health Education Foundation

Rural Health Education Foundation (2013)

Stories from the new bush telegraph: the impact of telehealth.

: Rural Health Education Foundation

Telehealth uses a range of telecommunications technologies to facilitate the electronic transmission of health information and images, including using technology for video consultations conducted in real time between a patient and a primary healthcare provider.

In this half hour documentary, primary healthcare teams and specialists outline how telehealth is strengthening their teamwork and care coordination and is helping them deliver the care their patients need when it's needed. The positive impact telehealth is having on patients, their families and their communities is also explained through interviews with patients.

Included in the documentary are four case studies:

  • spanning the Torres Strait
  • mental health in the bush
  • connecting with specialists
  • how a medicare local is helping.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Russell DJ, Wakerman J, Humphreys JS (2013)

What is a reasonable length of employment for health workers in Australian rural and remote primary healthcare services?.

Australian Health Review; 37(2): 256-261

Russell LM (2013)

Reports indicate that changes are needed to close the gap for Indigenous health.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(11): 1-2

2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice registration standards.

Canberra: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

Aboriginal Health (2012)

Strengthening our Aboriginal health workforce.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

Aboriginal Health (2012)

WA Health Aboriginal cultural learning framework.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

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

Anikeeva O, Katterl R, Bywood P (2012)

The Closing the Gap Initiative: successes and ongoing challenges for divisions of general practice.

Australian Family Physician; 41(7): 523-527

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2012 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions including disease or injury, human function, life expectancy, wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health (2012)

WA Health Aboriginal leadership strategy 2013–2016.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

Durey A, Thompson SC (2012)

Reducing the health disparities of Indigenous Australians: time to change focus.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 151

Retrieved 10 June 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6963-12-151.pdf

Elarde T (2012)

NACCHO ear and hearing health workforce project for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

Paper presented at the OMOZ 2012. 2-4 May 2012, Fremantle, WA

Ewen S, Mazel O, Knoche D (2012)

Exposing the hidden curriculum influencing medical education on the health of Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand: The role of the Critical Reflection Tool.

Academic Medicine; 87(2): 200-205

Hudson S (2012)

Charlatan training: how Aboriginal health workers are being short-changed.

St Leonards, NSW: Centre for Independent Studies

In this report, the author discusses the issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (AHWs) in Australia being 'short changed'. The report states that AHWs have not been given enough training to adequately perform their roles; are undervalued, under paid, and overburdened with difficult health issues; and still do not have clearly defined roles and support.

The AHW workforce has been declining in recent years and the author suggests that to improve this, training for AHWs could be broken into three broad categories: clinical care or primary care, community care or community service, and cultural brokerage.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Johnston CL, Boyle E, Maxwell LJ, Maguire GP, Alison JA (2012)

Improving chronic lung disease management in rural and remote Australia: the Breathe Easy Walk Easy program.

Respirology; 18(1): 161–169

Kelly J, Dwyer J, Pekarsky B, Mackean T, Willis E, Battersby M, Glover J (2012)

Managing two worlds together: stage 2 - patient journey mapping tools.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

This paper describes the patient journey mapping tool and frameworks used in the Managing two worlds together (MTWT) project. Through interviews and focus groups with patients, their carer/family, and health care providers, the paper explores the barriers and enablers, gaps and strategies in relation to the journeys of country Aboriginal patients from rural and remote locations to city hospitals and their return. The primary aim of the MTWT project is to enhance existing knowledge of the strengths, and areas of improvement, in the care of Aboriginal patients from rural and remote areas of South Australia by exploring what happens when they come to Adelaide for hospital care. The project is comprised of two stages, with Stage 1 focusing on the problems, and Stage 2 focusing on solutions. The patient journey mapping tools are the first output of Stage 2.

Abstract adapted from Managing two worlds together: stage 2 - patient journey mapping tools

Knoche D, Clarke A, Shanahan N, Rowley K (2012)

Treating us right: a summary report describing and evaluating Wadja's new model of care for Aboriginal children and families at the Royal Children's Hospital.

Melbourne: Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, The University of Melbourne

This report outlines Onemda's evaluation of the New model of care program. The program was established by The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne and implemented by the Wadja Aboriginal Family Place. It aims to improve Aboriginal patient access to hospital services and to provide culturally appropriate care. The program arose from hospital and community concerns that more still needs to be done to improve the health of Aboriginal children.

The New model of care program involves five components:

  • implementation of case management for all Aboriginal patients with complex medical and social needs
  • establishment of a weekly general medical clinic for Aboriginal children, which provides medical, social, cultural and emotional assessment
  • development of a cross-cultural education program for all RCH staff
  • capacity building for staff at Wadja through professional development, and for the broader RCH staff and environment, to create a culturally competent hospital
  • consolidation of formal partnerships between RCH and Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

The evaluation supported this program, and provided recommendations for each of the five components.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Overcoming governance, regulatory and performance burdens in ACCHSs (2012)

Lowitja Institute

Lowitja Institute (2012)

Taking care of business web tool: a guide for assessment, implementation and adaption of strategies for corporate and business administration functions in Indigenous Primary Health Care Services.

Retrieved 2012 from http://dev.inprint.com.au/healthy-business-website/

The Taking care of business web tool provides a guide for assessment, implementation, and adaption of strategies for corporate and business administration functions in Indigneous primary health care services.

It is based on information contributed by participants and research undertaken for the Support systems for Indigenous primary health care services project and can be used by services to assist in the decision-making process in relation to seeking support for corporate functions.

The tool follows five steps:

  1. assessment
  2. support required
  3. decision making and strategic planning
  4. networks
  5. developing a model.

Steps 1, 2 and 3 are designed as a guide for organisational assessment of current corporate support strategies.

Steps 4 and 5 assist organisations to identify potential opportunities for strengthening corporate support systems by enhancing partnerships with other services or
networks, and provide examples of various potential models. The steps can be used to work within the organisation and to inform how to work with others.

The tool is intended as a guide for the assessment of your service's management of corporate functions. The information supplied is of a general nature and services need to consider their own circumstances in more detail when using this tool.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Murray RB, Larkins S, Russell H, Ewen S, Prideaux D (2012)

Medical schools as agents of change: socially accountable medical education.

The Medical Journal of Australia; 196(10): 653

NSW Rural Doctors Network 2012 reference book (2012)

NSW Rural Doctors Network

This resource directory is an annual publication by the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Doctors' Network. It provides a comprehensive guide to NSW medical resources as well as a reference to national resources for rural general practitioners (GPs). The guide contains the following information:

  • general description of the NSW Rural Doctors' Network
  • grants for rural GPs
  • GP education and training
  • medical student resources
  • information for overseas-trained doctors
  • rural workforce planning and support
  • Aboriginal health resources
  • national and NSW-based organisations
  • Australian government rural health departments and programs
  • Medicare locals and divisions of general practice
  • nursing and allied health
  • specialist advisory services for GPs.

(Aboriginal resources are found on pages 45-56).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Peiris D, Brown A, Howard M, Rickards BA, Tonkin A, Ring I, Hayman N, Cass A (2012)

Building better systems of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: findings from the kanyini health systems assessment.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 369

Retrieved 28 October 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/12/369/abstract

Sabe S, Larkins S, Evans R, Varma S, Andrew A, Beuttner P, Brennan S, Young M (2012)

Telemedicine for rural cancer care in North Queensland: bringing cancer care home.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20(5): 259-264

Thompson JE, Jones JN (2012)

Physicians and the Indigenous patient [letter].

Internal Medicine Journal; 42(6): 734-735

Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office (2012)

Drug and alcohol office reconciliation action plan 2012.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (2012)

Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector).

Perth: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

The Standard on culturally secure practice (alcohol and other drug sector) has been developed for alcohol and other drug (AOD) agencies to gain a formal certification of a culturally secure practice.

The Standard contains seven performance expectations and criteria. Agencies are awarded a 'good practice' certification if they meet 80% of the essential criteria for each performance expectation.

The Standard is supported by a separate document, the Interpretive guide to the standard on culturally secure practice. The Interpretive guide helps agencies to achieve certification by providing examples of how to interpret and apply the standards.

The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) developed the document in consultation with the WA AOD sector, and with Indigenous AOD services Australia-wide. The Drug and Alcohol Office of WA and the Australian Government's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health funded its development.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Working Group (2011)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce strategic framework: 2011-2015.

Canberra: Department of Health, Australia

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (2011)

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia 2011 state sector conference report.

Perth: Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (2011)

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia member's planning day 2011 report.

Perth: Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (2011)

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia sector meetings on medical locals in WA.

Perth: Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

Aboriginal Health Worker Board of the Northern Territory (2011)

Aboriginal Health Worker code of ethics.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health

This Code of Ethics was developed to guide the practise, attitudes and behaviours of Aboriginal Health Workers in the Northern Territory.

The document was developed by the Aboriginal Health Worker Board of the Northern Territory at the Aboriginal Health Worker conference in August 1981, and has been endorsed by previous and current boards since that time.

Abstract adapted from Northern Territory Health

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Aboriginal careers in allied health: an information guide (2011)

Aboriginal Workforce Development Unit

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Medical labour force 2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Nursing and midwifery labour force 2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Charles Sturt University (2011)

Guide to working with Indigenous Australian staff.

Sydney: Charles Sturt University

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2011)

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council environmental scan 2011.

Sydney: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

Guide to general practice training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (2011)

General Practice Education and Training

Health Workforce Australia (2011)

Growing our future: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker project final report.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Howard D (2011)

Supporting your Aboriginal colleagues.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(5): 7

Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (2011)

Lime connection IV: medical education for Indigenous health: building the evidence base post-conference report.

Melbourne: Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education

Lloyd J, Wise M (2011)

Improving Aboriginal health: how might the health sector do things differently?.

Australian Review of Public Affairs;

Retrieved from http://www.australianreview.net/digest/2011/02/lloyd_wise.html

Logan G, Bakos K (2011)

Our Healing Ways successful strategies for working with dual diagnosis issues, Aboriginal way.

Fitzroy, Vic: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit

Lowitja Institute and presenters (2011)

Workforce roundtable notes.

Brisbane: Lowitja Institute

Martini A, Marlina U, Dwyer J, Lavoie J, O’Donnell K, Sullivan P (2011)

Aboriginal community controlled health service funding: report to the sector 2011.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

McBain-Rigg KE (2011)

Who cares? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care choices and access barriers in Mount Isa.

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

McEwin K (2011)

Everything goes great until there's a problem : corporate governance in Aboriginal community controlled health services in NSW: the theory and the practice.

Sydney: Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW

McHugh AM, Hornbuckle J (2011)

Maternal and child health model of care in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector.

Perth, WA: Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

Mortley E (2011)

Efficacy of an Aboriginal health unit in an undergraduate nursing course.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(1): 11-13

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outreach workers national workshop report June 21-22nd 2011: final draft.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2011)

National summit on the rollout of the nationally accredited Ear and Hearing Health Training Skill Set for the Aboriginal health worker workforce: discussion paper.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

New South Wales Department of Health (2011)

Aboriginal workforce strategic framework 2011-2015.

Sydney: Department of Health, New South Wales

The purpose of this document is to help the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Health achieve its goal of increasing the size of its Aboriginal workforce.

NSW Health aims to:

  • increase the number of Aboriginal employees to 2.6% across the NSW public health sector
  • increase the number of Aboriginal people working in all health jobs
  • develop partnerships between the health and education sectors to deliver real change for Aboriginal people wanting to enter the health workforce, and improve career pathways for existing Aboriginal staff
  • provide leadership and planning in Aboriginal workforce development
  • tap into the increasing pool of Aboriginal university graduates undertaking health courses
  • build a NSW health workforce which closes the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people by providing culturally safe and competent health services.

This Framework is a tool to help NSW Health achieve these Aboriginal workforce goals. It assists NSW Health employees with:

  • planning
  • prioritisation
  • target setting
  • monitoring
  • reporting of progress in Aboriginal health workforce capacity building.

In 2011, Aboriginal people made up 1.8% of the NSW Health workforce. To achieve its goal of 2.6% representation, an increase of a further 1,400 Aboriginal employees is needed by 2015. This is the equivalent of an additional 280 people per year across NSW.

Abstract adapted from NSW Health

Pitman B (2011)

Building Indigenous healthy housing teams : a case study.

Darwin: Human Services Training Advisory Council

Silburn K, Thorpe A, Anderson I (2011)

Taking care of business: corporate services for Indigenous primary health care services: case studies.

Canberra: Lowitja Institute

Sutton KP, Maybery D, Moore T (2011)

Creating a sustainable and effective mental health workforce for Gippsland, Victoria: solutions and directions for strategic planning.

Rural and Remote Health; 11: 1585

Retrieved 24 January 2011 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1585.pdf

Aboriginal health progress sheet - workforce (2011)

Victorian Department of Health

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (2011)

The culturally secure Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander recruitment and retention guide.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

The Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies has developed a Culturally secure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and retention guide to support CEOs and senior managers of services in the alcohol and other drugs sector. The guide is designed to provide CEOs and line managers with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and their culture. This guide provides useful tips and examples of positive approaches to recruiting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network (2010)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training RTO Network strategic plan 2010-2013.

Adelaide: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (2010)

A proven model for the role of the Aboriginal Eye Health Coordinator.

Surry Hills, NSW: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council

An Indigenous workforce development checklist for the AOD field (2010)

Bates N, Weetra D, Roche AM

This document is part of a suite of resources that aim to enhance Indigenous worker wellbeing and reduce work related stress. It was designed for Indigenous alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers and explores a number of issues relevant to them. This document contains:

  • two checklists
    • one for Indigenous AOD workers employed in an Indigenous organisations
    • one for Indigenous AOD workers employed in non-Indigenous organisations
  • a guide that outlines how to use the checklists.

The checklists contain questions which may assist in the development of staff cultural competency and are a useful workforce development training tool.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (2010)

2010 NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workers Forum: effective partnerships and effective relationships: report and evaluation.

Orange, NSW: University of Newcastle

Guide to success for organisations in achieving employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2010)

Giddy K, Lopez J, Redman A

The guide is designed to provide organisations with information working towards employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The guide draws on interviews with the management and staff of nine organisations working towards delivering sustainable employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as interviews with a sample of job-seekers and employers who make us of their services.

The guide was produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and developed in conjunction with the National VET Indigenous Advisory Taskforce.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

Larson A, Bradley R (2010)

Aboriginal maternal and child project: strengths and needs analysis.

Geraldton, WA: Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health and Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia

Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (2010)

LIME Connection III: post conference report.

Melbourne: Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education

National Indigenous Health Equality Council (2010)

Health workforce target: analysis and recommendations part 1: Indigenous health workforce.

Canberra: National Indigenous Health Equality Council

Aboriginal careers in nursing and midwifery : information handbook (2010)

NSW Health

South Australian Department of Health (2010)

Strategic health research program: projects 2007/2008.

Adelaide: South Australian Department of Health

2009

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

Service activity reporting 2006-2007 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

Service activity reporting 2007-2008 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Aboriginal health worker: career information (2009)

Office of Aboriginal Health

This career information brochures provides information on the role of Aboriginal health workers. The brochure describes:

  • what Aboriginal health workers do
  • the training involved in becoming an Aboriginal health worker
  • how to gain employment as an Aboriginal health worker
  • how Aboriginal health workers can further their career through jobs in welfare and community care industries.
The brochure was developed by the Office of Aboriginal Health, Western Australian Department of Health.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (2009)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers: position statement 50.

: RANZCP

2008

Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (2008)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Sector Accreditation and Quality Standards Project: report to Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services.

Melbourne: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (2008)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Sector Accreditation and Quality Standards Project: review of the literature.

Melbourne: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2008)

Service activity reporting 2004-2005 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2008)

Service activity reporting 2005-2006 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Vision 2020 Australia (2008)

Submission to support national regulation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers in Australia.

Melbourne: Vision 2020 Australia

 
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