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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Publications

2015

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2015.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the health and welfare of Australia's Indigenous population, presenting the latest information on a range of topics including key demographic and economic characteristics, factors that influence health, main conditions causing ill health and mortality, life expectancy and mortality patterns, service use, and health and welfare expenditure. Some of the links between education, employment and health are also explored, as are links between selected risk factors and health. The report places a particular emphasis on describing differences among Indigenous Australians that are associated with living in very remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

 
Last updated: 7 January 2016
 
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