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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database relevant to Indigenous environmental health for 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

Knibbs LD, Sly PD (2014)

Indigenous health and environmental risk factors: an Australian problem with global analogues?.

Global Health Action; 7: 23766

Retrieved 29 April 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.23766

McDonald EL, Bailie RS, Morris PS (2014)

Participatory systems approach to health improvement in Australian Aboriginal children.

Health Promotion International; Advance Access(http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dau003):

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2014)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories: the Kimberley edition.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

This is the fifth edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook, showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia (WA). These stories are from the Kimberley region of WA. This edition features stories that describe eco-tourism and cultural tours, media facilities, environmental stewardship, healthy communities and social programs. The storybook aims to:

  • Provide skills to Indigenous professionals across WA through the facilitation of writing workshops and by providing the opportunity to match Indigenous storytellers with local mentors who can provide further guidance in writing individual stories.
  • Embrace a holistic view of health. Stories are drawn from the health sector but also from many sectors outside of health - such as education, employment, housing, environment, transport, animal management, sport and recreation, alcohol and drugs and many others.
  • Showcase community based programs that could be replicated in other communities to improve or influence the many social determinants of health. Many stories highlight that local solutions are often the most effective.

The book features 14 stories, all of which focus on individuals or programs. They outline how these people and projects are making a difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people in Indigenous communities.

Abstract adapted from Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Medical Association (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health report card 2012 - 2013: the healthy early years - getting the right start in life.

Canberra: Australian Medical Association

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) Indigenous health report card for 2012-13 focuses on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous children. It outlines the current research and evidence on the factors in the early life of Indigenous children may determine health outcomes later in life. It also provides evidence for policies, programs and measures that work to protect them against adverse social and physical conditions in early life. On the basis of that evidence, the 2012-13 report card makes a range of recommendations to governments to improve health and wellbeing in the early years, in the following areas:

  • development of a comprehensive plan for maternal and child services
  • support for families at risk
  • measures to keep children at school
  • strengthening community capacity
  • improving the living environment
  • ensuring better data, research and evaluation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Medical Association (2013)

AMA submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs: Inquiry into the impacts on health of air quality in Australia.

Barton, ACT: Australian Medical Association

Beebe NW, Ambrose L, Hill LA, Davis JB, Hapgood G, Cooper RD, Russell RC, Ritchie SC, Reimer LJ, Lobo NF, Syafruddin D, van den Hurk AF (2013)

Tracing the tiger: population genetics provides valuable insights into the aedes (stegomyia) albopictus invasion of the Australasian region.

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; 7(8): e2361

Retrieved 8 August 2013 from

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2013)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report April 2013 to October 2013.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2013)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report October 2012 to March 2013.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Cowling CS, Liu BC, Ward JS, Snelling TL, Kaldor JM, Wilson DP (2013)

Australian Trachoma Surveillance annual report, 2011.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E121-E129

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report: January to June 2012.

Canberra: Australian Government

Gough N, Oates S, Grillet S, Pholeros P (2013)

Infectious disease management for Aboriginal children of Far West NSW.

NSW Public Health Bulletin; 24(2): 95

Gould GS, Munn J, Avuric S, Hoff S, Cadet-James Y, McEwen A, Clough AR (2013)

“Nobody smokes in the house if there's a new baby in it”: Aboriginal perspectives on tobacco smoking in pregnancy and in the household in regional NSW Australia.

Women and Birth; 26(4): 246–253

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

Temperature sensitivity in Indigenous Australians.

Epidemiology; 24(3): 471-472

Holt DC, Burgess STG, Reynolds S, Wajahat M, Fischer K (2013)

Intestinal proteases of free living and parasitic astigmatid mites.

Cell and Tissue Research; 351(2): 339-352

KPMG Australia (2013)

Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report.

Perth, WA: EON Foundation

The Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report aims to provide an assessment of the process and outcomes of the four EON Foundation programs ran in the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadian, Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Yungngora, Looma and Kadjina. The report aims to demonstrate the benefits of the program to the EON board and future funders, and reflect on lessons learnt.

The Thriving Communities program consists of four components that are designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease:

  • EON Edible gardens
  • EON Healthy eating
  • EON Training and education
  • EON Healthy homes.

The findings of the evaluation conclude that whilst program outcomes are hard to measure, a community development approach that values long term engagement is the method most likely to be effective in tackling chronic disease.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pholeros P, Lea T, Rainow S, Sowerbutts T, Torzillo PJ (2013)

Improving the state of health hardware in Australian Indigenous housing: building more houses is not the only answer.

International Journal of Circumpolar Health; 72: 21181

Retrieved 5 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v72i0.21181

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2013)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories : the Mid-West / Pilbara edition.

3rd ed. Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia's third edition of the WA Indigenous storybook has compiled a collection of positive stories that celebrate the achievements of Indigenous people in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA). The 13 diverse stories in the third edition highlight and address issues affecting Indigenous people and communities across the two regions and discuss topics about leadership, environmental health, community gardens and employment, the importance of language and personal journeys.

Abstract adapted from the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

Robertson J, Pointing BS, Stevenson L, Clough AR (2013)

"We made the rule, we have to stick to it": towards effective management of environmental tobacco smoke in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(10): 4944-4966

SA Health (2013)

Report of the Chief Public Officer: the state of public health for South Australia 2012.

Adelaide: Government of South Australia

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

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This publication draws on the Report on government services 2013 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • childcare, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which the objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each service stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Improvements in reporting by Indigenous status has allowed for detailed reporting for Indigenous children enrolled and attending preschool and elapsed times for aged care services to Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stevenson LC, Bohanna I, Robertson JA, Clough AR (2013)

Aboriginal people in remote communities in Arnhem Land (Northern Territory) restrict their smoking in some environments: implications for developing and implementing interventions to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(6): 627–630

WaterAid (2013)

Everyone, everywhere: a vision for water, sanitation and hygiene post-2015.

London: WaterAid

2012

Chandran G (2012)

Parenting study highlights health risks for children in the Indigenous town communities of Darwin and Palmerston, Northern Territory.

The Chronicle; 23(1): 5-6

Gowland A, Cook A, Heyworth J (2012)

The current status of environmental health research in Australia.

International Journal of Environmental Health Research; 22(4): 362-369

Green D, Niall S, Morrison J (2012)

Bridging the gap between theory and practice in climate change vulnerability assessments for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia.

Local Environment; 17(3): 295-315

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

Macklin J (2012)

Continuing our efforts to close the gap: Ministerial statements 2012-13.

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

Morton A (2012)

Role and expectations of rural-remote and Indigenous local government.

Sydney: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

This report has been prepared as part of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) Rural-remote and Indigenous local government program. In 2011, ACELG released a report which found that the current demands and expectations placed on rural-remote and Indigenous local government councils could not be maintained, especially if they continued to grow unrestrained. The current report focuses on:

  • providing a profile of rural-remote and Indigenous councils from Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, and identifying factors that impact on local capacity
  • a review of background information from past research and inquiries to identify federal, state and community expectations and issues from discussions with these stakeholders
  • the identification of further actions and research which could contribute to the objectives of ACELG.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pholeros P, Phibbs P (2012)

Constructing and maintaining houses.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This factsheet provides information on the construction and maintenance of Indigenous housing, in particular, best practice approaches to construction and maintenance. The key message is investment in housing should enhance how a house functions for its residents.
The issues addressed in this factsheet include:

  • remoteness
  • climate
  • local environmental conditions (e.g., mineral content, vermin)
  • social and cultural factors
  • crowding
  • tenure
  • household incomes.

Best practice approaches draw on the information provided in the National Indigenous housing guide produced by the Australian Government's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Housing for health program developed by Healthabitat.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thomas D, Tilton E (2012)

Northern Territory research priorities roundtables.

Darwin: the Lowitja Institute

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Western Australian Department of Planning (2012)

Layout plans for Aboriginal settlements in Western Australia.

Retrieved 2012 from http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/668.asp

This Western Australian (WA) Department of Planning website provides PDF copies of layout plans for Aboriginal settlements in WA.

Each layout plan illustrates how land is used in a community. The plans show which areas are classified as:

  • residential
  • community (e.g. health centre)
  • commercial (e.g. art centre)
  • industrial (e.g. fuel depot)
  • recreational (e.g. sporting)
  • rural (e.g. agriculture)
  • open space (e.g. traditional law and culture)
  • drinking water source protection
  • visitor camping
  • waterways
  • road reserves
  • pedestrian access ways
  • public utilities (e.g. drinking water supply, wastewater disposal, rubbish disposal).

Extra maps, images and written reports are available for some communities. Where written reports are available, they include descriptions of a community's essential services including drinking water, wastewater and rubbish disposal.

Digital versions of layout plans can be ordered through the website by special request.

The layout plans are produced by the WA Department of Planning on behalf of the WA Planning Commission in partnership with the WA Department of Housing, as part of the WA Planning for Aboriginal communities program.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in New South Wales. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report: Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Queensland. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Western Australia. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Health and the environment: a compilation of evidence.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This overview is a summary of Indigenous health and welfare at the national level. Topics covered include:

  • demographic characteristics
  • determinants of health and welfare: socioeconomic factors, housing, community capacity, behavioural factors, and social and emotional wellbeing
  • health and functioning: disability, community functioning, and health conditions
  • mortality and life expectancy of mothers and babies, children, young people and older people
  • health care and support services, including health and welfare expenditure.

The report compares Indigenous statistics to the non-Indigenous statistics on the same health and welfare issues and provides time series data where available. It relates the picture of Indigenous health and welfare to the goals set by the Council of Australian Governments and the raft of measures under Closing the gap agreement aimed at reducing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For the first time, the report looks at the impact of chronic diseases on the life expectancy gap, currently estimated to be 12 years for men and 10 years for women. It shows that about 80% of the mortality gap can be attributed to chronic diseases, most significantly heart diseases (22%), diabetes (12%) and liver diseases (11%).

The report is accompanied by nine online papers on specific topics, available from the Indigenous observatory: Indigenous life expectancy and mortality, child safety, eye health, disability, access to health services, chronic disease and older people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Biddle N (2011)

Community infrastructure: lecture 9.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 29 April 2011, Canberra

Biddle N (2011)

Housing and households: lecture 8.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 29 April 2011, Canberra

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2011)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report September 2010 - March 2011.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Indigenous Remote Service Delivery Special Account: 2010 - 2011 report.

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

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

Hughes L, McMichael T (2011)

The critical decade : climate change and health.

: Climate Commission

Jacoby P, Carville KS, Hall G, Riley TV, Bowman J, Leach AJ, Lehmann D (2011)

Crowding and other strong predictors of upper respiratory tract carriage of otitis media-related bacteria in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 30(6): 480-485

Tropical Regional Services Queensland Health (2011)

Mount Isa community [lead screening program 2010]: report into the results of a blood lead screening program of 1-4 year old children in Mount Isa, Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

This report presents research undertaken by Queensland Health on the blood lead levels of children between one and four years of age living in Mount Isa, Queensland. It is a follow up study to one completed in 2007. The aim of the current study was to continue the monitoring of blood lead levels in this age group. The results revealed a significant decline between study surveys, however for Indigenous children, on average, they have higher blood lead levels. The report discusses the implications of the results.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Environmental Health Directorate (2011)

Environmental Health Directorate year book: 1 July 2010 – 30 June 2011.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Zander KK, Garnett ST (2011)

The economic value of environmental services on Indigenous-held lands in Australia.

PLoS One; 6(8): 1-6

2010

Australian Health Ministers’ Conference (2010)

Policy principles on which to base improvements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health.

Retrieved 6 April 2010 from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-environment-policy-principles-atsi

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

Indigenous housing initiatives: the Fixing Houses for Better Health program.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Campbell D, Hunt J (2010)

Community development in central Australia: broadening the benefits from land use agreements.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

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: telecommunications.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 34

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of telecommunications 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

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2010)

National Indigenous infrastructure guide: transport.

In: Centre for Appropriate Technology, ed. National Indigenous infrastructure guide. Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology: 30

This publication provides a framework to facilitate an understanding the issue of transport 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

Department of Health and Families (2010)

Central Australian regional plan 2010-2012.

Darwin: Department of Health and Families, Northern Territory

The central Australia region covers 830,000 square kilometres; with a population of over 46,000 people, 44% identify as Indigenous Australians. Over 32,000 people live in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Yulara. The remainder of the population live in 45 remote communities and outstations. The regional plan has six action areas:

  • Promoting and protecting good health and wellbeing and preventing injury.
  • Healthy children and young people in safe and strong communities.
  • Targeting smoking, alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Connecting care.
  • Safety, quality and accountability.
  • Attract, develop and retain a workforce for the future.

Central Australia is unique in the need for flexible service delivery cross-borders, providing emergency care to more than 4,000 people living outside of the NT, including those people residing in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

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

Ey C (2010)

Footprints in Time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children [ppt].

Paper presented at the NatStats 2010 Conference. 15-17 September, Sydney

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

Indigenous Implementation Board Western Australia (2010)

Report to the Hon. Dr Kim Hames MLA Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Indigenous Affairs.

Perth, WA: Indigenous Implementation Board, Western Australia

May K (2010)

Indigenous cultural and natural resource management and the emerging role of the Working on Country program.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Newman P, Bilsborough D, Reed P, Brinckerhoff P, Mouritz M (2010)

Pilbara cities: from projects to places – the 2 challenges, 4 themes and 10 practices of how to do it.

Karratha, WA: Department of Regional Development and Land

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2010)

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report #3 May to November 2010.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2010)

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for remote services: report #2 December 2009 to May 2010.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services Working Future

Prout S, Yap M (2010)

Indigenous temporary mobilities and service delivery in regional service centres: a West Kimberley case study.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Through the use of both qualitative and quantitative data this report examines the impact of temporary Indigenous population mobility on the provision of effective service delivery in regional service centres. It gives consideration to the mobility networks of Indigenous people and focuses on the West Kimberley as a case study to explore this population dynamic. It describes the nature of the population movement unique to this area and offers suggestions for policy makers and service providers to apply what is known for developing services to better meet the population characteristics of this area.

The report is structured into three main areas, the first describes local and historical aspects of the economy and demography in the area. The second focuses on the case study which uses administrative education data from primary schools and local narratives including interviews with services deliverers to examine the incidence, duration and direction of the population. The final area evaluates existing service delivery and offers considerations for best practice to engage with highly mobile populations. It identifies wider data collection implications for service delivery and resource allocation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Queensland Health Division of the Chief Health Officer (2010)

Health protection strategic directions 2010–2013.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Scarr J, Roberts F (2010)

Remote pools 2010: a Royal Life Saving review of swimming pools in remote areas of the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Royal Life Saving NT

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2010)

Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area regional plan 2009 - 2029.

Thursday Island, Queensland: Torres Strait Regional Authority

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2010)

TSRA healthy communities program: grant guidelines.

Thursday Island: Torres Strait Regional Authority

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

Australian Human Rights Commission (2009)

Climate change, water and Indigenous knowledge: a community guide to the Native Title Report 2008.

Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Public health expenditure in Australia, 2007-08.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Barnsley I, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (2009)

A carbon guide for northern Indigenous Australians.

Yokohama: United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies

Biddle N, Prout S (2009)

Indigenous temporary mobility: an analysis of the 2006 census snapshot.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Biddle N (2009)

The geography and demography of Indigenous migration: insights for policy and planning.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Elvin R, Hogan E (2009)

Demystifying infrastructure: a national Indigenous infrastructure guide.

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

Emergency Management in Australia (2009)

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

Canberra: Emergency Management in Australia

enHealth Working Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (2009)

7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Kalgoorlie, WA.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

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 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference held in Kalgoorlie in May 2011.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Flinders University School of Medicine (2009)

School of Medicine, Flinders University submission to Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities.

Canberra: Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities, Parliament of Australia

Garnett ST, Sithole B, Whitehead PJ, Burgess CP, Johnston FH, Lea T (2009)

Healthy country, healthy people: policy implications of links between Indigenous human health and environmental condition in tropical Australia.

Australian Journal of Public Administration; 68(1): 53–66

Gordon S (2009)

Why Aboriginal people must take charge of their own health.

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

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

Healthcare Planning and Evaluation (2009)

Evaluation of the sustainability and benefits of swimming pools in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands (APY lands) in South Australia : final report – de-identified.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Healthhabitat (2009)

Research and development full summary.

Newport Beach, NSW: Healthhabitat environmental health & design

Indigenous Implementation Board (2009)

Indigenous Implementation Board report to the WA Government 2009.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs

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

Online and Communications Council (2009)

Framework for the provision of communications services to Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Online and Communications Council

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (2009)

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA environment & health forum recommendations.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Public Health Association of Australia, Menzies School of Health Research (2009)

Environmental health and the intervention: discussion forum.

: Public Health Association of Australia

This video presents a forum held in August 2009 to discuss environmental health issues in the Northern Territory, particularly in relation to the 'Intervention' affected communities. The purpose of the forum was to:

  • identify and discuss current environmental health issues;
  • provide a discussion forum for stakeholders;
  • assess the activity as a Menzies-PHAA collaboration; and
  • issue feedback to the PHAA Special Interest Group on environmental health.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Snowdon W (2009)

Health, homelands and creativity [speech].

Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/sp-yr09-ws-wssp080809.htm?OpenDocument&yr=2009&mth=08

Standen J, Behnoosh K, Smith W (2009)

Housing and health: what's the connection? Health benefits from an Aboriginal housing program in NSW.

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

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Stoneham M, Daube M (2009)

Future directions for Indigenous environmental health in Western Australia.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute Western Australia

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2009)

Torres Strait development plan 2009-2013.

Thursday Island, Queensland: Torres Strait Regional Authority

United Nations University - Traditional Knowledge Initiative (2009)

Climate change experiences in Northern Australia - health, adaptation, fire management and global relevance.

Paper presented at the International Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change - The Tropical Australian Experience. 3 April 2008, Darwin

Yates R (2009)

Protecting the health of the public: the role of the local government environmental health officer.

Public Health Bulletin SA; 6(3): 44-46

2008

Calma T (2008)

Indigenous health targets: working together.

Partyline; (33): 4-5

Calma T (2008)

The importance of environmental health in improving the life expectancy of Indigenous people [speech].

Brisbane: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

This is a transcript of a speech delivered by Paul Endres on behalf of Commissioner Tom Calma at the International Federation of Environmental Health World Congress, Brisbane, 13 May 2008. It describes the importance of environmental health in improving the life expectancy of Indigenous peoples.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Campbell D, Smith MS, Daview J, Kuipers P, Wakerman J, McGregor MJ (2008)

Responding to health impacts of climate change in the Australian desert.

Rural and Remote Health; 8: 1008

Retrieved 8 August 2008 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1008.pdf

Central Land Council (2008)

Reviewing the Northern Territory Emergency Response: perspectives from six communities.

Alice Springs: Central Land Council

Desert Knowledge Australia (2008)

remoteFOCUS: revitalising remote Australia: prospectus.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Australia

Durrheim DN, Wenitong M, Huppatz C, Rubin G (2008)

The first 100 days: an open letter to the new Minister for Health and Ageing.

Medical Journal of Australia; 188(3): 189

Environmental Health Unit (2008)

Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health plan 2008–2013.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Local Government Advisory Board (2008)

Report on the inquiry into local government service delivery to Indigenous communities.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Local Government

Mullan N, Ferguson C, Paech D (2008)

Environmental health surveillance: a feasibility study: November 2008.

Perth: Environmental Health Directorate, Western Australia

New South Wales Parliament Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues (2008)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage in New South Wales.

Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales

Newman P, Marinova D, Armstrong R, Marley J, McGrath N, Spring F (2008)

Desert settlement typology: preliminary literature.

Alice Springs, NT: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation (2008)

Nillir Irbanjin (One Mile) issues and environmental health report.

Broome: Shire of Broome

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

Population Health Division (NSW) (2008)

The health of the people of New South Wales – report of the Chief Health Officer, data book – Aboriginal peoples.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Queensland Health (2008)

“Making tracks” summary report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Queensland Health (2008)

Mount Isa community: lead screening program 2006-7: a report into the results of a blood-lead screening program of 1-4 year old children in Mount Isa, Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Schultz R (2008)

Wicked problems: climate change and Indigenous health.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 15(4): 27-29

Seemann K, Parnell M, McFallan S, Tucker S (2008)

Housing for livelihoods: the lifecycle of housing and infrastructure through a whole-of-system approach in remote Aboriginal settlements.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Torzillo PJ, Pholeros P, Rainow S, Barker G, Sowerbutts T, Short T, Irvine A (2008)

The state of health hardware in Aboriginal communities in rural and remote Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(1): 7-11

 
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