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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to health-related policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2016

Checketts JC (2016)

The pulse of policy: mapping movement in the Australian Indigenous policy world.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Australian National University: Canberra

Vanden Heuvel A, Kehoe H, Ennis T, Dixon T, Cargill J (2016)

National frameworks about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report details the outcomes of a project undertaken by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the New South Wales Department of Education, Aboriginal Affairs to provide an overview of frameworks that describe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It provides information about 10 national frameworks that fell within the agreed scope of the project. These were frameworks that: described Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and/or services provided to them; had a health focus or covered a number of different topics including health; and were either a conceptual framework or a national reporting framework. Some of the frameworks included are currently active while others are no longer in use. In this report, each framework is described according to a set of eight topics: the reason for its development; its purpose; underpinning elements; reporting protocols; consultation processes; review processes; structure; and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander principles.

The report details:

  • the scope of the project and the methodology used to identify relevant frameworks
  • each of the frameworks according to each of the eight topics
  • a discussion of key findings, particularly in relation to consultation and review processes, and provides some information on international frameworks of relevance.

Abstract from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

2015

Boucher L, Russell L, eds. (2015)

Settler colonial governance in nineteenth-century Victoria.

Canberra: ANU Press

Scott R, Heiss A, eds. (2015)

The intervention : an anthology.

Sydney: Concerned Australians

Altman J (2015)

Journal of Indigenous policy: tracking Indigenous policy 2011-2014.

Journal of Indigenous Policy; Special edition(15): 1-157

Dawson P (2015)

On self-determination and constitutional recognition.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(16): 3-6

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2015)

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples final report.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

This is the final report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It was established to inquire into and report on steps that can be taken to progress towards a successful referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition. In this report, the committee reiterates its support for the following three conditions:
  • recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia
  • preserve the Commonwealth's power to make laws with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • in making laws under such a power, prevent the Commonwealth from discriminating against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The committee considers that a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has the greatest chance of success if these conditions are met.

Abstract adapted from Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Klein E (2015)

A critical review of the capability approach in Australian Indigenous policy.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Scrymgour M (2015)

The 2014 H.C. 'Nugget' Coombs memorial lecture: Lessons learned: Looking back and looking forward after the 'intervention'.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(16): 7-9

Thomas SL, Wakerman J, Humphreys JS (2015)

Ensuring equity of access to primary health care in rural and remote Australia - what core services should be locally available?.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 14: 111

Retrieved 29 October 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-015-0228-1

2014

Behrendt L(ed) (2014)

Journal of Indigenous Policy: What works - and why the budget measures don't.

Journal of Indigenous Policy; (16):

Country Health SA Local Health Network (2014)

Aboriginal community & consumer engagement strategy [draft].

Adelaide: SA Health

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2014)

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: six-monthly progress report 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Hunt J (2014)

Engaging effectively with Indigenous Australians: what does the research tell us?.

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2014)

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples interim report.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Klein E(ed) (2014)

Academic perspectives on the Forrest review: creating parity.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

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

Mackey P, Boxall A-M, Partel P (2014)

The relative effectiveness of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services compared with mainstream health service.

Health Policy Evidence Briefs; (12): 1-9

Moran M, Porter D, Curth-Bibb J (2014)

Funding Indigenous organisations: improving governance performance through innovations in public finance management in remote Australia.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Reilly R, Rowley K, Luke J, Doyle J, Ritte R, O’Shea R, Brown A (2014)

Economic rationalisation of health behaviours: the dangers of attempting policy discussions in a vacuum.

Social Science & Medicine; 114: 200–203

Russell L (2014)

Analysis of 2014-15 health budget: unfair and unhealthy.

Sydney: Menzies Centre for Health Policy

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

Report on government services 2014.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Wiseman VL (2014)

Inclusiveness in the value base for health care resource allocation.

Social Science & Medicine; 108: 252–256

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides an estimate of expenditure for health goods and services for Indigenous people in 2010-11. It is part of the Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples series, and builds on the previous six reports released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This report found that health expenditure for Indigenous people accounted for 3.7% of all Australia's recurrent health expenditure. Publicly funded health services, including public hospitals and community health services, were the highest areas of Indigenous health expenditure; expenditure on pharmaceutical and dental services were generally lower for Indigenous people than for non-Indigenous people. This report also includes details on funding sources and health expenditure trends over time.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: six-monthly progress report 1 July 2012 to 30 December 2012.

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

Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

Review of Australian Government health workforce programs.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Fforde C, Bamblett L, Lovett R, Gorringe S, Fogarty B (2013)

Discourse, deficit and identity: Aboriginality, the race paradigm and the language of representation in contemporary Australia.

Media International Australia; 149: 162-173

Harris M (2013)

In the absence of treaty.

East Melbourne: Concerned Australians

Health Workforce Australia (2013)

Reconciliation action plan 2013.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Lawrence C (2013)

Aboriginal health and the Australian Constitution: how do we fix them both? [editorial].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(2): 108-110

MacIntosh C (2013)

The role of law in ameliorating global inequalities in Indigenous peoples' health.

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics; 41(1): 74-88

Macoun A (2013)

Aboriginality and the Northern Territory intervention.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, The University of Queensland: Brisbane

Nguyen OK, Cairney S (2013)

Literature review of the interplay between education, employment, health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote areas: working towards an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing framework.

Alice Springs, NT: Ninti One Limited

This literature review investigated present wellbeing frameworks at a global and local level that are relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Australia. Current government frameworks gather statistical data for policy analysis and program development. Progressively more frameworks are incorporating holistic measures of health, for example, cultural health, governance, and the impacts of colonisation.

The review highlights the need to establish a wellbeing framework that considers the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people together with their worldviews, perspectives, and values. Cultural identity is vital combined with control, achievement, and inclusion at a wider level of society. Examples of successful projects are included in the review with recommendations for the development of a wellbeing framework.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Lancet (2013)

Indigenous health in Australia—moves in the right direction [editorial].

The Lancet; 382(9890): 367

2012

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

Australian Government 2012-13 Health and Ageing portfolio budget statements: outcome 8: Indigenous health.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (2012)

ANTaR prebudget submission: 2012-13.

Dulwich Hill, NSW: Australians for Native Title Reconciliation

This report prepared by Australians for Native Title Reconciliation (ANTaR) outlines their key expenditure recommendations for the 2012-13 federal budget. The 31 recommendations relate to:

  • resetting relationships and respecting rights
  • creating safe and sustainable Northern Territory communities
  • education, early childhood and language
  • protecting rights to land and resources
  • time to reduce imprisonment: a new approach to crime prevention that makes social and economic sense
  • supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development
  • investing in community controlled health services to close the gap and create jobs
  • sorry is the first step: reparations for the Stolen generations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bailey S, Hunt J (2012)

Successful partnerships are the key to improving Aboriginal health.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 48-51

Baum F, Fisher M, Lawless A (2012)

Australian experiences.

In: Raphael D, ed. Tackling health inequalities: lessons from international experiences. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press: 63-91

Biddle N, Taylor J (2012)

Demographic consequences of the ‘closing the gap' Indigenous policy in Australia.

Population Research and Policy Review; 31(4): 571-585

Bourke L, Humphreys JS, Wakerman J, Taylor J (2012)

Understanding drivers of rural and remote health outcomes: a conceptual framework in action.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20(6): 318-323

Daly J, Sinclair C, Stokes A (2012)

Scenarios of inequity, South Africa's Limpopo and the Australian Western Desert.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(6): 521

Department of Health (2012)

National health policies and strategies.

Retrieved 3 February 2015 from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/oatsih-hpf-2012-toc~nhps

Dodson M (2012)

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Eggington D (2012)

Aboriginal health equity: the key is culture.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(6): 516

Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians (2012)

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution: report of the Expert Panel.

Canberra: You Me Unity

Hastie B, Augoustinos M (2012)

Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations: challenging self-sufficient arguments in “race” discourse.

Australian Psychologist; 47(2): 118–126

Hollinsworth D (2012)

Forget cultural competence; ask for an autobiography.

Social Work Education; iFirst(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2012.730513)

Retrieved 16 October 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2012.730513

Limerick M, Morris R, Sutton M (2012)

Local government service delivery to remote Indigenous communities: review of service delivery models and approaches in various jurisdictions.

Sydney: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

Macroeconomics (2012)

Commonwealth Government health budget bulletin June 2012.

Canberra: Macroeconomics

Maddison S (2012)

Evidence and contestation in the Indigenous policy domain: voice, ideology and institutional inequality.

Australian Journal of Public Administration; 71(3): 269-277

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (2012)

What does success look like? Measuring the success of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan.

Sydney: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

National Healthcare Agreement Review Working Group (2012)

National healthcare agreement review report July 2012.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

New South Wales Department of Education and Communities (2012)

Connected Communities strategy.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Education and Communities

New South Wales Department of Education and Communities (2012)

Connected Communities: discussion paper.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Education and Communities

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin (2012)

Aboriginal health in NSW.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(3-4): 45-100

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2012)

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report: June 2011 to August 2012.

Darwin: Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services

This is the first of two annual reports that examine the objectives, strategies and funding arrangements of agreements that form the basis of the partnership between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory (NT) governments aimed at closing the gap in living conditions and social outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians.

The geographies assessed in the report include; Territory growth towns, Community living areas, town camps, homelands, communities and outstations.

The report focuses on four major themes arising from the approach taken by governments in relation to Aboriginal people since the NT emergency response (NTER) commenced in 2007 and reflected in the Stronger futures arrangements proposed for the next ten years. These are:

  • transparency and accountability
  • the balance between the crisis and developmental aspects of initiatives under both the NTER and Stronger futures
  • the marginalisation of Aboriginal people in decision making and resource allocation
  • the lack of long-term planning and capacity development within Aboriginal towns, particularly the transfer of service delivery from Aboriginal organisations to the non-Indigenous, non-profit sector.
The report makes twelve recommendations in the following areas:population and mobility; one-stop shop business centres; accountability and transparency; prioritisation of investments; community safety; early childhood; education; youth services review; labour force participation; workforce development (housing); housing; and health (morgues).

Abstract adapted from Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report

Parter C, Browne K (2012)

How can we do things differently in Aboriginal health? The same challenges seen through new eyes.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 45-47

Parter C, Gassner L, Atkinson S, McKendrick C (2012)

Developing an Aboriginal Health Plan for NSW: the consultation process.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 52-55

Schokman B (2012)

"Stronger futures" is disempowering, damaging and doomed to fail.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 7(30): 17-21

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

Report on government services 2012.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Sutton P (2012)

The politics of suffering: Aboriginal health in contemporary Australia.

In: Malpas J, Lickiss N, eds. Perspectives on human suffering. Berlin: Springer: 181-203

The Lowitja Institute (2012)

Building a legal framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health [policy brief].

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

VicHealth (2012)

Disability and health inequalities in Australia: research summary.

Melbourne: VicHealth

Wilson G, Stewart J (2012)

Working towards a 10-Year Aboriginal Health Plan: the Centre for Aboriginal Health initiatives.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 56-57

 
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