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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous: National


Public Health Association of Australia, Dietitians Association of Australia, Australian Red Cross (2013)

Policy-at-a-glance – food security for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples policy.

Melbourne: Australian Red Cross


Closing the gap: tackling chronic disease: the Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (2010)

Closing the Gap – Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease

This pamphlet outlines the Australian Government's commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by preventing and treating chronic disease. The package will tackle chronic disease through:

  • health promotion and prevention of ill health, in particular healthy lifestyle programs improved financial support for the Aboriginal community-controlled
  • health sector in the delivery of primary health care addressing barriers to access to follow-up services, such as allied health and the Pharmaceutical
  • Benefits Scheme growing the numbers and skills of Indigenous health workers

The pamphlet also presents the breakdown of funding totalling $805.5m over four years (starting in 2009-10 and ending in 2012-13).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Closing the Gap: the Indigenous chronic disease package in 2009-10: annual progress report on the Australian Government's contribution to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous health outcomes.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing


Council of Australian Governments (2009)

National strategy for food security in remote Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

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

Food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples policy.

Canberra: Dietitians Association of Australia and Public Health Association Australia


National Rural Health Alliance (2006)

Food security in remote areas: policy portion: supplying fresh food to remote Indigenous communities.

Darwin: National Rural Health Alliance

National Rural Health Alliance (2006)

Providing fresh food in remote Indigenous communities: position paper.

Deakin West, ACT: National Rural Health Alliance


National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2003)

What's needed to improve child health in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

This submission by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation highlights priority health issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children up to 15 years of age. Such issues include child growth, hearing loss, immunisation coverage, and social and emotional well-being. This submission refers to lessons from Australia, and international studies involving disadvantaged populations. It summarises a number of health disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, key current policy processes linked with these disparities, and a number of recommendations for urgent action. There are sections relating to the issues of faltered growth, malnutrition and anaemia. There is also information on the effectiveness of current nutritional programs and policies, and suggestions for the implementation of nutritional supplement programs and to enhance preventative child health assessments.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Last updated: 11 February 2014
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