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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

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This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database about emergency management relating to Indigenous environmental health. This information is of particular relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners. References include journal articles, reports, theses and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2014

Edwards B, Gray M, Hunter B (2014)

The impact of drought on mental health in rural and regional Australia.

Social Indicators Research; online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0638-2):

Green D, Minchin L (2014)

Living on climate-changed country: Indigenous health, well-being and climate change in remote Australian communities.

EcoHealth; 11(2): 263-272

King U, Furgal C (2014)

Is hunting still healthy? Understanding the interrelationships between Indigenous participation in land-based practices and human-environmental health.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 11(6): 5751-5782

Lowe M (2014)

Obesity and climate change mitigation in Australia: overview and analysis of policies with co-benefits.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(1): 19-24

Möller H, Falster K, Ivers R, Jorm L (2014)

Inequalities in unintentional injuries between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children: a systematic review.

Injury Prevention; Online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041133):

McCaw JM, Glass K, Mercer GN, McVernon J (2014)

Pandemic controllability: a concept to guide a proportionate and flexible operational response to future influenza pandemics.

Journal of Public Health; 36(1): 5-12

McDermott B, Cobham V, Berry H, Kim B (2014)

Correlates of persisting posttraumatic symptoms in children and adolescents 18 months after a cyclone disaster.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 48(1): 80 - 86

Peden A, Queiroga AC (2014)

Drowning deaths in Australian rivers, creeks and streams: a 10 year analysis.

Canberra: Royal Life Saving Society Australia

Purcell R, McGrirr J (2014)

Preparing rural general practitioners and health services for climate change and extreme weather.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(1): 8 - 14

Rumbach A, Foley D (2014)

Indigenous institutions and their role in disaster risk reduction and resilience: evidence from the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa.

Ecology and Society; 19(1): 19

Retrieved January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06189-190119

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thompson K, Every D, Rainbird S, Cornell V, Smith B, Trigg J (2014)

No pet or their person left behind: increasing the disaster resilience of vulnerable groups through animal attachment, activities and networks.

Animals; 4(2): 214-240

2013

Addison J (2013)

Impact of climate change on health and wellbeing in remote Australian communities: a review of literature and scoping of adaptation options.

Alice Springs: Ninti One

Bell E (2013)

Climate change and health research: has it served rural communities?.

Rural and Remote Health; 13: 2343

Retrieved 12 February 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticleaust.asp?ArticleID=2343

Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA, Kimberley Language Resource Centre (2013)

Indigenous translation of Western Australian emergency management guidelines and the emergency management arrangements.

Perth: Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA

This report presents key findings from a project conducted by the Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) and the Kimberley Language Resource Centre (KLRC).

The purpose of the project was to translate two key Western Australian emergency management documents - the Emergency management guidelines and the Emergency management arrangements - into language and content suitable for remote Indigenous communities in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia (WA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Guo Y, Wang Z, Li S, Tong S, Barnett AG (2013)

Temperature sensitivity in Indigenous Australians.

Epidemiology; 24(3): 471-472

SA Health (2013)

South Australia: a better place to live.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

SA Health (2013)

South Australia: a better place to live: summary.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

Zander KK, Petheram L, Garnett ST (2013)

Stay or leave? Potential climate change adaptation strategies among Aboriginal people in coastal communities in northern Australia.

Natural Hazards; 67(2):

2012

Government of South Australia (2012)

Outback Bushfire Management Committee: interim bushfire management area plan.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

The State of South Australia (SA) is divided into nine bushfire management areas. Each of these areas has a corresponding bushfire management plan, which is a strategic document that identifies community assets at risk from bushfire and sets out a program of treatments to reduce the risk to these assets.

The 'Outback' bushfire management area incorporates a number of Indigenous communities and homelands, including the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. The management plan for this area includes information about:

  • topography, land use, climate and population
  • fire bans and fire danger season
  • history of bushfire in the area
  • likelihood of bushfire
  • consequence of bushfire
  • assets and risk treatments.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Howitt R, Havnen O, Veland S (2012)

Natural and unnatural disasters: responding with respect for Indigenous rights and knowledges.

Geographical Research; 50(1): 47–59

Langton M, Parsons M, Leonard S, Auty K, Bell D, Burgess P, Edwards S, Howitt R, Jackson S, McGrath V, Morrison J (2012)

National climate change adaptation research plan for Indigenous communities.

Gold Coast, Qld: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

McDermott BM, Cobham VE (2012)

Family functioning in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

BMC Psychiatry; 12: 55

Retrieved 31 May 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-244X-12-55.pdf

McIntyre-Tamwoy S, Fuary M, Buhrich A (2012)

Understanding climate, adapting to change: Indigenous cultural values and climate change impacts in North Queensland.

Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability; iFirst Article(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2012.716415)

Retrieved 28 August 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2012.716415

Nakashima D, Galloway MK, Thulstrup H, Ramos CA, Rubis J (2012)

Weathering uncertainty: traditional knowledge for climate change assessment and adaptation.

: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Royal Life Saving Society Australia (2012)

Northern Territory 9 year drowning report: a call for change.

Canberra: Royal Life Saving Society Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012: attachment tables.

Retrieved 31 January 2012 from http://www.pc.gov.au/gsp/rogs/2012

2011

enHealth Working Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (2011)

8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Darwin, NT.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This conference monograph was produced by the enHealth Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (WGATSIEH), and details the proceedings of the 8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference held in Darwin at the Darwin Convention Centre, 27-30 September 2011.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Productivity Commission (2011)

Report on government services 2011.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

2010

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding of the issues which arise in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: stormwater.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 21

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of stormwater management which arises in the provision of infrastructure for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main focus of the guide is the installation and maintenance of infrastructure which is appropriate and sustainable for remote Indigenous communities. The importance of community in this process is highlighted in the guide.

The National Indigenous infrastructure guide complements the existing National Indigenous Housing Guide and the Environmental Health Handbooks. The guide provides information on:

  • existing research
  • codes and standards
  • resources
  • community infrastructure

The guide was produced by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Kiwirrkurra - the Kiwirrkurra flood recovery project (2010)

Emergency Management in Australia

This set of three factsheets was developed as a result of a project involving Emergency Management Australia, the Kiwirrkurra flood recovery project, in consultation with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA)

These organisations together documented the experiences of the Kiwirrkurra Indigenous community which was devastated by a major flood in 2001. The purpose of these resources was to identify the lessons learned so that other communities and emergency managers can benefit.

The resources aim to demonstrate that through developing and maintaining good and trusted relationships, good communication channels and understanding and respecting relationships, culture and country, even the most severe of emergencies can be managed and the community can survive.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Environmental Health Committee (enHealth) (2010)

The role of environmental health officers in emergencies: stories from the front line.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

This report features stories of the actions taken by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) during and after disasters in Australia. The report includes a chapter on the roles of EHOs during disasters in the Northern Territory, including two Indigenous community case studies:

  • responses to flooding in Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) in 2007
  • responses to flooding in Palumpa (Nganmarriyanga) in 2008-09.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2010)

Environmental health needs of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia: the 2008 survey and its findings.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health, Public Health Division

The Western Australian Environmental health needs survey was conducted over 2007 and 2008 and is the third survey in a series which surveyed housing, services, utilities, community infrastructure and the immediate living environment in discrete Aboriginal communities in WA. Data collected related to over 15,000 residents from 232 communities. This publication reports the outcomes of this survey and provides a comparison with the outcomes of the 1997 and 2004 surveys.

The survey was conducted by environmental health practitioners who work with and in discrete Aboriginal communities. The practitioners visited the communities to survey existing infrastructure. Information was also collected about levels of community satisfaction and any concerns with the provision of essential, municipal and allied services which influenced and affected environmental health in the communities.

The core environmental health and infrastructure issues covered in the report were:

  • water
  • electricity
  • housing
  • solid waste disposal
  • sanitation
  • dust
  • dog health programs
  • emergency management

The report provides an evidence base which highlights the continued environmental health issues faced by many of the communities who participated in the survey. It is the foundation for the future direction of service plans and delivery in discrete communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Indigenous Expenditure Report Steering Committee (2010)

2010 Indigenous expenditure report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report provides thorough information on expenditure on both Indigenous specific services and the estimated Indigenous share of mainstream services by the Australian, state and territory governments. The report highlights the difficulties in providing this information and sets out ways that this information can be better collected and analysed by jurisdictions.

The report is arranged around the seven Closing the gap building blocks: early childhood; schooling; health; economic participation; healthy homes; safe communities; and governance and leadership. Total Indigenous expenditure in 2008-09 was estimated to be $21.9 billion or 5.3 per cent of total general government expenditure. Estimated expenditure per head of population was $40,228 for Indigenous Australians, compared with $18,351 for non-Indigenous Australians.

Expenditure on services related to Indigenous Australians is thought to be greater than for non-Indigenous Australians because of differences in levels of disadvantage, more intensive use of services by Indigenous Australians, and the greater cost of providing these services (because of factors such as more Indigenous Australians living in remote areas).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Torres Shire Council (2010)

Torres Shire Council local disaster management plan.

Thursday Island, Qld: Torres Shire Council

Veland S, Howitt R, Dominey-Howes D (2010)

Invisible institutions in emergencies: evacuating the remote Indigenous community of Warruwi, Northern Territory Australia, from Cyclone Monica.

Environmental Hazards; 9(2): 197-214

2009

Green D, Jackson S, Morrison J, eds. (2009)

Risks from climate change to Indigenous communities in the tropical north of Australia: a scoping study for the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change.

Canberra: Department of Climate Change

Alzheimer's Australia (2009)

“Flying saucer” camp fire guard.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dementia News; July 2009(6): 1

Bender K, McKrill T, Lane J (2009)

Indigenous communities emergency risk management project, eastern Goldfields.

Paper presented at the 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA. 12-15 May 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA

Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (2009)

Aboriginal wetland burning in Kakadu.

Melbourne: Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre

Emergency Management Australia (2009)

Kiwirrkurra: the flood in the desert: report.

The Australian Journal of Emergency Management; 24(1): 67-70

Emergency Management in Australia (2009)

Improving emergency management outcomes for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia.

Canberra: Emergency Management in Australia

Green D, Alexander L, Mclnnes K, Church J, Nicholls N, White N (2009)

An assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation for the Torres Strait Islands, Australia.

Climatic Change; 102(3-4): 405-433

Green D, Jackson S, Morrison J (2009)

Risks from climate change to Indigenous communities in the tropical north of Australia.

Canberra: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

2008

Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (2008)

Bushfire smoke and public health.

Melbourne: Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre

 
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