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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Publications

2013

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

Feeding young children (2013)

Queensland Department of Health

This resource is part of the Growing strong: feeding you and your baby set of resources developed by Queensland Health to help health staff talk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families about nutrition for mothers, babies and young children.

This poster for parents promotes the importance for young children of a balanced, nutritious diet, and participating in physical activity.

Posters are available in hard copy to services across Australia, or downloadable as a PDF. The posters are meant to be used to promote the Growing strong: feeding you and your baby brochures, which provide detailed information on each topic.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2012

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

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 Indigenous people. The use of this guide may help to prevent disease, detect early and unrecognised disease, and promote health. This guide contains Indigenous-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

Nilson C (2012)

A partnership with women and Binjareb leaders and elders.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(6): 37

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

2011

Adams K, Liebzeit A, Thorpe S, Browne J, Ryschka J, Burns C (2011)

Kat Kat: a cooking TV show for the urban hunter-gatherer.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(2): 22-23

Chen D (2011)

Cook it, plate it, share it: good quick tukka [evaluation report].

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal and lslander Health Council

Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (2011)

Evaluation of the Community Stores Licensing Program - final report.

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

This report outlines the evaluation of the Community stores licensing program. The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) commissioned the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA) to conduct the evaluation. The objective of the evaluation was to assess the the licensing process for community stores in relation to current legislation. The findings reported the outcomes of community stores licensing on:

  • food security
  • quality and range of food
  • promotion of better nutrition
  • retail management
  • financial management
  • business structure and governance practices
  • income management.

The report also includes feedback from store managers and stakeholders.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Foley W, Spurr S, Lenoy L, De Jong M, Fichera R (2011)

Cooking skills are important competencies for promoting healthy eating in an urban Indigenous health service.

Nutrition & Dietetics; 68(4): 291-296

Helps Y, Kowanko I (2011)

Riverland Aboriginal chronic disease support group community storybook 2011.

Melbourne: Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

This community storybook showcases the Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group (RACDSG). The storybook demonstrates how, in partnership with health professionals, Aboriginal people from the Riverland area in rural South Australia are taking an active part in managing their chronic conditions. The storybook tells how and why RACDSG was formed, and how the Riverland Community Health Service is involved with RACDSG. Also described are:

  • achievements and benefits of RACDSG to date
  • several stories and tips from individual members
  • some related activities in the region
  • how this work fits into a larger research project about chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group

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

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (2011)

Making links for healthy places: creating supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity in Aboriginal and Torres strait islander communities in Queensland.

South Brisbane, QLD: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Queensland Health (2011)

Growing strong: feeding you and your baby: 2009 evaluation report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

2010

Abbott P, Davison J, Moore L, Rubinstein R (2010)

Barriers and enhancers to dietary behaviour change for Aboriginal people attending a diabetes cooking course.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 21(1): 33-38

Clinch R, Adams K, Rigney E (2010)

Cooking fish in a clay wrap.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(5): 5

Gregoriou A, Leonard D (2010)

RIST: evaluation of the remote Indigenous stores and takeaways resources in Queensland and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of South Australia.

Cairns: Queensland Health

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

Roberts A (2010)

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

Sydney: Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW

2009

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (2009)

10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity.

Surry Hills, NSW: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

The 10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). Programs ranged from cooking classes (Cooking classes for diabetes program) and teaching of life skills (Healthy lifestyle and weight management program), to community based activities (Fruit and vegetable program and market garden and Building healthy communities project). Despite the diversity in health topics they all shared several features, namely all were developed and tailored to meet needs identified by the Aboriginal communities in which the ACCHSs are located, and all have taken a 'holistic' approach.

The booklet was developed, produced and distributed by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) of NSW and funding was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Alexander S (2009)

Cooking healthy and physical activity (CHAPA) project [March 2009 update].

The Chronicle; 12(1): 15

Alexander S (2009)

Family nutrition project.

The Chronicle; 13(2): 1-2

Alyawarr speakers from Ampilatwatja, Walsh F, Douglas J (2009)

Angka Akatyerr-akert: a desert raisin report.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females, 2004-05.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Dietitians Association of Australia, Public Health Association Australia (2009)

Food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples policy.

Canberra: Dietitians Association of Australia and Public Health Association Australia

Fred Hollows Foundation Women’s Development Coordinator (2009)

Kukumbat gudwan daga 'Really cooking good food': project report.

: Fred Hollows Foundation

House of Representatives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee (2009)

Everybody's business: remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait community stores.

Canberra: The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled the report Everybody's Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Stores in November 2009. The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs had requested in December 2008 that the Committee inquire into and report on the operation of community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. The report detailed the findings and recommendations of the committee.

The terms of reference for the Inquiry were:

The Committee shall inquire into and report on the operation of local community stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with a particular focus on:

  • Food supply, quality, cost and competition issues;
  • The effectiveness of the Outback Stores Model, and other private, public and community store models; and
  • The impact of these factors on the health and economic outcomes of communities.

The Committee received over 112 submissions, held 28 public hearings and visited stores in 17 remote Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Jamieson S, Heron B (2009)

Evaluating the effectiveness of a healthy cooking class for Indigenous youth.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(4): 6-7, 9

Middleton PF, Strategic Health Research Program Team (2009)

Preventing infant deaths among Aboriginal and teenage women in South Australia.

Adelaide: Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies

Northern Territory Department of Education and Training (2009)

Canteen, nutrition and healthy eating policy.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Education and Training

Queensland Public Health Forum (2009)

Eat Well Queensland: are we half-way there yet? Midpoint implementation review summary of findings.

Brisbane: Queensland Public Health Forum

Queensland Public Health Forum (2009)

Eat Well Queensland: smart eating for a healthier state: 2009-2012 QPHF implementation plan.

Brisbane: Queensland Public Health Forum

Thorpe S, Browne J (2009)

Closing the nutrition & physical activity gap in Victoria: Victorian Aboriginal nutrition & physical activity strategy.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience significantly poorer health outcomes compared with other Australians. Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are responsible for the majority of the 'gap' in Indigenous life expectancy. Promoting good nutrition and physical activity is an essential component needed in order to 'Close the Gap' in life expectancy for Aboriginal people in Victoria. The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) is committed to improving nutrition and physical activity, and has developed a nutrition and physical activity strategy, subtitled 'Policy proposals for promoting healthy eating and physical activity among Indigenous Victorians 2009-2014'.

The strategy was developed after a comprehensive review of the Indigenous health promotion literature and a state-wide consultation process. It recommends strategies and actions that will build on current activities of VACCHO and its members. It also recommends strategies for consideration by the State Government in a coordinated approach to preventing chronic disease in Victorian Aboriginal communities.

The Aboriginal view of health is holistic, that is it incorporates a whole-of life approach to the physical, social and cultural wellbeing of the community. Therefore this strategy recognises that action by the health sector alone will not be sufficient to close the gap. It is intended that this Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategy is just one part of a coordinated, intersectoral response to overcoming Indigenous disadvantage which includes action across other key dimensions such as housing, employment and education.

This strategy identifies priorities within eight key action areas. These include:

  • workforce development;
  • improving food security;
  • developing healthy public policy;
  • delivering community based interventions;
  • ensuring equitable access to sport and recreation;
  • enhancing maternal and child nutrition;
  • health information and social marketing; and
  • improving the evidence base.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Department of Health (2009)

Healthy Options WA: food and nutrition policy for WA health services and facilities.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

The Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities came into effect on 1 January 2008. The policy was implemented in all WA Health services during 2008, with all services required to comply fully with the policy by 31 December 2008.The Policy applies to all services, facilities and establishments owned or leased by WA Health and involved in the provision of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative services to patients and the general community. This includes all hospitals, community health centres/clinics, rehabilitation services and policy and administration agencies involved in the support and delivery of health services.The document outlines the rationale for the new policy, its aims and objectives, the services to which the policy will apply and the role of WA Health food outlets in its implementation. It also provides details of the nutrient criteria and guidelines for food supply and food categorisation, with special considerations for children and freshly prepared meals.

The new guidelines in the policy apply to all food outlets, vending machines and food sources that are available to staff and visitors in these facilities and under the management of WA Health. This includes:

  • cafes and coffee shops
  • food outlets and kiosks
  • food and drink vending machines
  • staff cafeterias and canteens
  • ward trolley services for patients and visitors

The document also has a section on how the policy applies to fundraising initiatives, events and prizes, and to catering provided at business functions and meetings.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Women’s centres of Manyallaluk Gulin Gulin and Wugularr, Fred Hollows Foundation (2009)

Kukumbat gudwan daga: really cooking good food.

Batchelor, NT: Batchelor Press

Kukumbat gudwan daga: really cooking good food is a cookbook of up to 100 healthy recipes for feeding ten or more people.

The recipes are diverse, including traditional recipes such as kangaroo tail stew and introduced favourites such as spaghetti. Created by women from the women's centres of Manyallaluk, Gulin Gulin and Wugularr in conjunction with a chef and a nutritionist from the Fred Hollows Foundation, the cookbook uses local ingredients and provides step by step photographs. The recipes all give ingredients for cooking meals for 10 people, 30 people, 50 people or 100 people, meaning the user does not need to calculate ingredient amounts as is usually the case with regular cookbooks.

This resource is only available in hard copy, via the Batchelor Press Online Store. The cookbook comes with a DVD that includes some episodes from the TV series Shepherd's Pie with Auguie and Major.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

Burns J, Thomson N (2008)

Review of nutrition and growth among Indigenous peoples.

Retrieved from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-risks/nutrition/reviews/our-review

Reeve CA, De La Rue S, McBain KE (2008)

Indigenous lifescripts: a tool for modifying lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease.

Australian Family Physician; 37(9): 750-754

 
Last updated: 27 November 2014
 
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