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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with overweight and obesity among 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

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2015. 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

Bailie C, Matthews V, Bailie J, Burgess P, Copley K, Kennedy C, Moore L, Larkins S, Thompson S, Bailie RS (2016)

Determinants and gaps in preventive care delivery for Indigenous Australians: a cross-sectional analysis.

Frontiers in Public Health; 4: 34

Retrieved 10 March 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00034

Esler D, Raulli A, Pratt R, Fagan P (2016)

Hypertension: high prevalence and a positive association with obesity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in far north Queensland.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(S1): S65–S69

Juonala M, Singh GR, Davison B, van Schilfgaarde K, Skilton MR, Sabin MA, Cheung M, Sayers S, Burgner DP (2016)

Childhood metabolic syndrome, inflammation and carotid intima-media thickness. The Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study.

International Journal of Cardiology; 203: 32-36

Kassim R, Harris MA, Leong GM, Heussler H (2016)

Obstructive sleep apnoea in children with obesity.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.13009):

Kim S, Macaskill P, Baur LA, Hodson EM, Daylight J, Williams R, Kearns R, Vukasin N, Lyle DM, Craig JC (2016)

The differential effect of socioeconomic status, birth weight and gender on body mass index in Australian Aboriginal children.

International Journal of Obesity; Accepted Article(http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2016.71):

Russell CG, Taki S, Laws R, Azadi L, Campbell KJ, Elliott R, Lynch J, Ball K, Taylor R, Denney-Wilson E (2016)

Effects of parent and child behaviours on overweight and obesity in infants and young children from disadvantaged backgrounds: systematic review with narrative synthesis.

BMC Public Health; 16: 151

Retrieved 13 February 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-2801-y

Schembri L, Curran J, Collins L, Pelinovskaia M, Bell H, Richardson C, Palermo C (2016)

The effect of nutrition education on nutrition-related health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a systematic review.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(S1): S42–S47

Whish-Wilson T, Tacey M, McCarthy E, Howat P (2016)

Indigenous birth outcomes at a Victorian urban hospital, a retrospective 5-year cohort study 2010–2014.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajo.12439):

2015

Adegbija O, Hoy WE, Wang Z (2015)

Corresponding waist circumference and body mass index values based on 10-year absolute type 2 diabetes risk in an Australian Aboriginal community.

BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care; 3(1): e000127

Retrieved 16 September 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjdrc-2015-000127

Adegbija O, Hoy WE, Wang Z (2015)

Waist circumference values equivalent to body mass index points for predicting absolute cardiovascular disease risks among adults in an Aboriginal community: a prospective cohort study.

BMJ Open; 5(11): e009185

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009185

Arnold L, Hoy WE, Wang Z (2015)

Low birth weight and large adult waist circumference increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in remote Indigenous Australians - an 18 year cohort study.

International Journal of Cardiology; 186: 273–275

Australian Government Department of Health (2015)

Implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

This publication reports on the implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2013-2023. The implementation plan focuses on the Australian Government's role in ensuring the health system is flexible to respond to identified needs, is able to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices, and provides culturally safe access to quality early intervention and treatment services and integrated clinical services, and is free of racism.

It includes strategies such as:

  • investing in increased capability of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations to be able to meet identified needs
  • reducing racism and discrimination and improving the cultural safety of the mainstream health system, including primary health care
  • identifying, mapping and responding to need, recognising that geographical factors can play an important role in assessing the need of individual communities, and ensuring good quality care is delivered
  • ensuring evidence-based care is provided
  • ensuring accountability and leadership for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health
  • defining the core services that are required to flexibly respond to identified needs
  • increasing workforce capability
  • partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all levels of planning, service delivery and evaluation.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

This is the fifth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It includes 68 key measures under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, community capacity, health behaviours and person-related behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, appropriateness, efficiency, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report: detailed analyses, is the fifth in a series of reports against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework which are published every two years. This report provides information on a range of measures of health status, determinants of health and the health system performance relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Detailed tables to support the analysis presented in this report are provided.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data and information on how cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) affect the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It also compares these effects with the impact on the non-Indigenous population.

The key questions answered in this report are:

  • How many Indigenous people have CVD, diabetes or CKD, either alone or in combination?
  • How large is the gap in rates of these diseases between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people?
  • How do risk factors, disease rates, treatment and management vary among Indigenous people by remoteness?

The report examines key risk factors for these diseases in the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. It then considers each disease: CVD, diabetes and CKD in each population, with the final chapter discussing the comorbidity of these three diseases.

This report is the fifth report in the series Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease-Australian facts, authored by the National Centre for Monitoring Vascular Diseases at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Implementation plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–23: technical companion document.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: results from December 2014.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on the performance of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services. The report covers the period June 2012 to December 2014, with 90 organisations reporting in June 2012 increasing to 233 organisations by December 2014.

This report is used to support national and state/territory policy and planning to improve future service delivery.

There are 21 national key performance indicators (nKPIs) reported against, focusing on:

  • maternal and child health
  • preventative health
  • chronic disease management.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Avery JC, Taylor AW, Dal Grande E (2015)

Measuring BMI in an Aboriginal population survey: who are the non-responders?.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 15(3)

Retrieved 17 August 2015 from http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/measuring-bmi-in-an-aboriginal-population-survey-who-are-the-non-responders/

Binge L (2015)

PEACH adaption project for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families: final report (phase 1).

Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology

This report outlines the findings of the Parenting and eating for child health program (PEACH) phase one review conducted by the Queensland University of Technology's School of Exercise and Nutrition Services.

This report describes processes used to engage peak Queensland Indigenous health services, the outcomes of consultations and a set of recommendations for increasing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the PEACH program.

The key findings of this project are informed by three sources, the literature, project steering committee consultations and interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who have participated in the mainstream PEACH program.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Boyle JA, Cunningham J, O'Dea K, Dunbar T, Norman R (2015)

Polycystic ovary syndrome and metabolic syndrome in Indigenous Australian women.

Internal Medicine Journal; Accepted articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.12910):

Burns J, Burrow S, Drew N, Elwell M, Gray C, Harford-Mills M, Hoareau J, Lynch R, MacRae A, O’Hara T, Potter C, Ride K, Trzesinski A (2015)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014.

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 2014. 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

Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2015)

2013 Knockout Health Challenge: evaluation findings.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation

Charles J (2015)

An investigation into the foot health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: a literature review.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 15(3)

Retrieved July-September 2015 from http://healthbulletin.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/bulletin_original_articles_Charles.pdf

Christian F, Hodge W, Matthews-Simmons F, Thomas M, Vale C, Odgers J, Leahy-Gatfield R (2015)

Evaluation of the NSW Knockout Health Challenge 2013: final report.

Sydney: Agency for Clinical Innovation

Dyer SM, Gomersall JS, Smithers LG, Davy C, Coleman DT, Street JM (2015)

Prevalence and characteristics of overweight and obesity in Indigenous Australian children: a systematic review.

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition; Latest articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2014.991816):

Gibson-Helm ME, Teede HJ, Rumbold AR, Ranasinha S, Bailie RS, Boyle JA (2015)

Continuous quality improvement and metabolic screening during pregnancy at primary health centres attended by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Medical Journal of Australia; 203(9): 369-370

Hughes JT, Maple-Brown LJ, Piers LS, Meerkin J, O'Dea K, Ward LC (2015)

Development of a single-frequency bioimpedance prediction equation for fat-free mass in an adult Indigenous Australian population.

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 69(1): 28–33

Iannella S, Smith A, Post DK, Haren MT (2015)

How widespread are the use of frameworks and theories in applied health promotion research in rural and remote places? A review of programs targeted at cardiometabolic risk factors.

Rural and Remote Health; 15: 3529

Retrieved 30 October 2015 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=3529

Liu A, McIver L (2015)

Streamlining chronic disease management in the Torres Strait: review of current practice and recommendations for improvement.

Paper presented at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. 24-27 May 2015, Darwin

Mann KD, Pearce MS, Sayers SM, Singh GR (2015)

Pathways between birth weight and later body size in predicting blood pressure: Australian Aboriginal Cohort Study 1987-2007.

Journal of Hypertension; 33(5): 933–939

McNamara K, Knight A, Livingston M, Kypri K, Malo J, Roberts L, Stanley S, Grimes C, Bolam B, Gooey M, Daube M, O’Reilly S, Colagiuri S, Peeters A, Tolhurst P, Batterham P, Dunbar J, de Courten M (2015)

Targets and indicators for chronic disease prevention in Australia.

Melbourne: Australian Health Policy Collaboration

Noble NE, Paul CL, Turner N, Blunden SV, Oldmeadow C, Turon HE (2015)

A cross-sectional survey and latent class analysis of the prevalence and clustering of health risk factors among people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

BMC Public Health; 15: 666

Retrieved 15 July 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-2015-8

O'Brien PE, DeWitt DE, Laurie C, Brennan L, Wentworth JM, Anderson M, O'Dea K, Dean F, Smith A, Dalton DP (2015)

The effect of weight loss on Indigenous Australians with diabetes: a study of feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

Obesity Surgery; OnlineFirst(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11695-015-1733-4):

Sina M, Hoy WE, Callaway L, Wang Z (2015)

The associations of anthropometric measurements with subsequent gestational diabetes in Aboriginal women.

Obesity Research & Clinical Practice; Articles in Press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2015.02.005):

Stanley SH, Laugharne JDE, Chapman M, Balaratnasingam S (2015)

Kimberley Indigenous mental health: an examination of metabolic syndrome risk factors.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12270):

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2015)

Report on government services 2015, volume E: Health.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Thurber KA, Dobbins T, Kirk M, Dance P, Banwell C (2015)

Early life predictors of increased body mass index among Indigenous Australian children.

PLOS ONE; 10(6): e0130039

Retrieved 15 June 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0130039

Treacy PJ, Chatfield MD, Bessell J (2015)

Is gastric banding appropriate in Indigenous or remote-dwelling persons?.

Obesity Surgery; First online(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11695-015-1993-z):

White M, Dennis N, Ramsey R, Barwick K, Graham C, Kane S, Kepreotes H, Queit L, Sweeney A, Winderlich J, See DW, Littlewood R (2015)

Prevalence of malnutrition, obesity and nutritional risk of Australian paediatric inpatients: a national one-day snapshot.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 51(3): 314–320

2014

Adegbija OO, Wang Z (2014)

Gender variations in waist circumference levels between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian populations: a systematic review.

Obesity Research & Clinical Practice; 8(6): e513–e524

Anomie, MacRae A, Burns J, Poynton M, D'Costa B, Ride K, Gray C, Thomson N, Hoareau J, Trzesinski A, Levitan L (2014)

Summary of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia, 2013.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: updated results, 2012–13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

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 2013. 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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: in brief.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2014 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the fourtenth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 7 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse and illicit drug use.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: first national results June 2012 to June 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This is the first national report on the Indigenous primary health-care national key performance indicators data collection. It covers all the indicators collected since June 2012, and presents data analysed at the national level by jurisdiction, remoteness, and organisational size. The data are collected from over 200 primary health-care organisations receiving funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The purpose of the indicators is to improve the delivery of primary health-care services by supporting continuous quality improvement activity among service providers. The indicators also support policy and planning at the national and state/territory level by monitoring progress and highlighting areas for improvement.

The 19 indicators presented in this report focus on chronic disease prevention and management and on maternal and child health. The indicators provide information on both process of care indicators and health outcomes for clients.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA (2014)

The state of Western Australia's children and young people - edition two.

Perth: Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

Hardy LL, O’Hara BJ, Hector D, Engelen L, Eades SJ (2014)

Temporal trends in weight and current weight-related behaviour of Australian Aboriginal school-aged children.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(11): 667-671

Hoare E, Millar L, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz M, Skouteris H, Nichols M, Jacka F, Swinburn B, Chikwendu C, Allender S (2014)

Associations between obesogenic risk and depressive symptomatology in Australian adolescents: a cross-sectional study.

Journal Epidemiology Community Health; 68(8): 767-772

Holman D, Joyce SJ (2014)

A promising future: WA Aboriginal health programs: review of performance with recommendations for consolidation and advance.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

This report, also known as 'The Holman review', evaluated the effectiveness of state-funded Indigenous health programs in Western Australia (WA), focusing on the measurement and achievement of clinical health outcomes. The report examined 184 Indigenous health programs and found that the majority deliver value for money and are underpinned by scientific evidence. It also found that primary prevention programs are under-funded relative to their significance and that service delivery in regional areas is fragmented. The report recommends that changes be made to the way the WA Department of Health funds and contracts Indigenous health services. The report was commissioned by the WA Department of Health at the request of the State Government and was prepared by independent expert Winthrop Professor D'Arcy Holman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Western Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lyons JG, O'Dea K, Walker KZ (2014)

Evidence for low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in Australian Indigenous peoples: a systematic review.

BMC Public Health; 14: 545

Retrieved 2 June 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-545

Myers JM, Thorpe S, Browne J, Gibbons K, Brown S (2014)

Early childhood nutrition concerns, resources and services for Aboriginal families in Victoria.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(4): 370-376

Pettman T, Magarey A, Matersson N, Dollman J, Wilson A (2014)

Improving weight status in childhood: results from the eat well be active community programs.

International Journal of Public Health; 59(1): 43-50

Sina M, Hoy W, Wang Z (2014)

Anthropometric predictors of gestational hypertensive disorders in a remote Aboriginal community: a nested case-control study.

BMC Research Notes; 7: 122

Retrieved 5 March 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-7-122

Thurber K, Boxall A-M, Partel K (2014)

Overweight and obesity among Indigenous children: individual and social determinants.

Health Policy Issue Briefs; (3): 1-22

This report presents evidence on the increasing obesity rates among Indigenous children. The report considers the following topics in relation to this increasing trend:

  • the current approach adopted to tackle the problem
  • a proposed social determinants of health approach
  • policy context and implications
  • data analysis of the Longitudinal study of Indigenous children
  • data analysis of a case study on soft drink consumption.

In conclusion, the report stresses the importance of developing evidence based programs that are transferable to different settings.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thurber KA, Bagheri N, Banwell C (2014)

Social determinants of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in the longitudinal study of Indigenous children.

Family Matters; 95: 51-61

Thurber KA, Banks E, Banwell C (2014)

Approaches to maximising the accuracy of anthropometric data on children: review and empirical evaluation using the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children.

Public Health Research & Practice; 25(1): e2511407

Retrieved 28 November 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2511407

2013

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of the first findings from the 2012-13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey provides information on long-term health conditions, health risk factors, selected social and emotional wellbeing indicators, health measurements, and health related actions for Indigenous Australian peoples. Information is included on Indigenous peoples living in remote and non-remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

The health of Australia's males: from birth to young adulthood (0-24 years).

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (2013)

State of preventive health 2013.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

D'Onise K, McDermott RA, Campbell SK (2013)

Benefits of modest weight or waist circumference loss in a remote North Queensland Indigenous population.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 345-349

Haysom L, Indig D, Moore E, Hardy LL, van den Dolder PA (2013)

Prevalence and perceptions of overweight and obesity in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people in custody.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(4): 266-270

Hickie M, Douglas K, Ciszek K (2013)

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in Indigenous kindergarten children : a cross sectional population based study.

Australian Family Physician; 42(7): 497-500

Hughes JT (2013)

The inter-relationships between body build, body composition, body fat distribution, metabolic syndrome and inflammation in adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Jansen PW, Mensah FK, Nicholson JM, Wake M (2013)

Family and neighbourhood socioeconomic inequalities in childhood trajectories of BMI and overweight: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

PLOS ONE; 8(7): 1-10

Magarey AM, Pettman TL, Wilson A, Mastersson N (2013)

Changes in primary school children's behaviour, knowledge, attitudes, and environments related to nutrition and physical activity.

ISRN Obesity; 2013: 752081

Retrieved 17 February 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/752081

Maple-Brown LJ, Brimblecombe J, Connelly PW, Harris SB, Mamakeesick M, Zinman B, O’Dea K, Hanley AJ (2013)

Similarities and differences in cardiometabolic risk factors among remote Aboriginal Australian and Canadian cohorts.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; 100(1): 133–141

Moodie ML, Herbert JL, De Silva-Sanigorski AM, Mavoa HM, Keating CL, Carter RC, Waters E, Gibbs L, Swinburn BA (2013)

The cost-effectiveness of a successful community-based obesity prevention program; the Be Active Eat Well Program.

Obesity; 21(10): 2072–2080

NSW Health (2013)

Adult overweight and obesity: report card.

Sydney: NSW Health

Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (2013)

QAIHC external report 2 : Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services Clinical Excellence (ACE program).

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council

Tanamas SK, Magliano DJ, Lynch B, Sethi P, Willenberg L, Polkinghorne KR, Chadban S, Dunstan D, Shaw JE (2013)

AusDiab 2012 : the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study.

Melbourne: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Wang Z, Hoy WE (2013)

Age-dependent decline of association between obesity and coronary heart disease: a cohort study in a remote Australian Aboriginal community.

BMJ Open; 3(11): e004042

Retrieved 25 November 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004042

Zhao Y, Wright J, Begg S, Guthridge S (2013)

Decomposing the Indigenous life expectancy gap by risk factors: a life table analysis.

Population Health Metrics; 11: 1

Retrieved 29 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-7954-11-1

This study aims to explain the Indigenous life expectancy (LE) gap by common modifiable risk factors in the period from 1986 to 2005. The LE gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was 12 years for men and 10 years for women, whereas the Northern Territory Indigenous LE gap was at least 50% greater than the national figures.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2012

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian health survey: first results, 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2012 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions including disease or injury, human function, life expectancy, wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Boyle JA, Cunningham J, O'Dea K, Dunbar T, Norman RJ (2012)

Prevalence of polycystic ovary syndrome in a sample of Indigenous women in Darwin, Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(1): 62-66

Campbell SK, Lynch J, Esterman A, McDermott R (2012)

Pre-pregnancy predictors of diabetes in pregnancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in North Queensland, Australia.

Maternal and Child Health Journal; 16(6): 1284-1292

Firth W, Crook L, Lonesborough A, Thompson M, Worner F, Waminda Board (2012)

Waminda's wellbeing program.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 36(2): 20-23

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

New South Wales Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2012)

The health of Aboriginal people of NSW: report of the Chief Health Officer 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Shultz R (2012)

Prevalences of overweight and obesity among children in remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 1872

Retrieved 9 March 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1872

Spurrier NJ, Volkmer RE, Abdallah CA, Chong A (2012)

South Australian four-year-old Aboriginal children: residence and socioeconomic status influence weight.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(3): 285-290

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

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

Upston B (2012)

Women and food.

Melbourne: Women's Health Victoria

Valery PC, Ibiebele T, Harris M, Green AC, Cotterill A, Moloney A, Sinha AK, Garvey G (2012)

Diet, physical activity, and obesity in school-aged Indigenous youths in northern Australia.

Journal of Obesity; 2012: 893508

Retrieved 28 March 2012 from http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jobes/2012/893508/abs/

2011

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

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

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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: South 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 South 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 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)

Headline indicators for children's health, development and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Key indicators of progress for chronic disease and associated determinants: data report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Cadilhac DA, Magnus A, Sheppard L, Cumming TB, Pearce DC, Carter R (2011)

The societal benefits of reducing six behavioural risk factors: an economic modelling study from Australia.

BMC Public Health; 11: 483

Retrieved 21 June 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/483

Campbell D (2011)

Application of an integrated multidisciplinary economic welfare approach to improved wellbeing through Aboriginal caring for country.

The Rangeland Journal; 33(4): 365-372

Kuipers K, McIntosh K, Paluch T, Oke L (2011)

Caring for country was associated with positive health outcomes for Indigenous people living in remote areas of Northern Australia.

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; 58(1): 56-57

Nguyen AR, Ling J, Antoniou G, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ, Gomes B (2011)

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis: rising rates with obesity and Aboriginality in South Australia.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; 93-B(10): 1416-1423

Norton L, Harrison JE, Pointer S, Lathlean T (2011)

Obesity and injury: a review of the literature.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Sayers S, Davison B, Fitz J, Singh G (2011)

Aboriginal birth cohort study–wave 3 selected results: the good news and the bad news.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(5): 23-24

South Australian Department Public Health and Clinical Systems Division (2011)

The Eat Well Be Active strategy for South Australia 2011-2016.

Adelaide: South Australian Department of Public Health

Wolfenden L, Hardy LL, Wiggers J, Milat AJ, Bell C, Sutherland R (2011)

Prevalence and socio-demographic associations of overweight and obesity among children attending child-care services in rural and regional Australia.

Nutrition & Dietetics; 68(1): 15–20

2010

Haren MT, Li M, Petkov J, McDermott RA (2010)

Alcohol, metabolic risk and elevated serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) in Indigenous Australians.

BMC Public Health; 10: 454

Retrieved 3 August 2010 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-454.pdf

Hodge AM, Maple-Brown L, Cunningham J, Boyle J, Dunbar T, Weeramanthri T, Shaw J, O'Dea K (2010)

Abdominal obesity and other risk factors largely explain the high CRP in Indigenous Australians relative to the general population, but not gender differences: a cross-sectional study.

BMC Public Health; 10: 700

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-700.pdf

Li M, Campbell S, McDermott RA (2010)

Six year weight change and type 2 diabetes among Australian Indigenous adults.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; 88(2): 203-208

MacFarlane A, Abbott G, Crawford D, Ball K (2010)

Personal, social and environmental correlates of healthy weight status amongst mothers from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods: findings from the READI study.

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 7(23): 1-25

The SEARCH Investigators (2010)

The study of environment on Aboriginal resilience and child health (SEARCH): study protocol.

BMC Public Health; (10): 287

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-287.pdf

Thomson N, MacRae A, Burns J, Catto M, Debuyst O, Krom I, Midford R, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2010)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2010.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Vos T, Carter R, Barendregt J, Mihalopoulos C, Veerman JL, Magnus A, Cobiac L, Bertram MY, Wallace AL (2010)

Assessing cost-effectiveness in prevention (ACE–Prevention): final report.

Canberra: Public Health Association of Australia

 
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