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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 physical activity 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.

2013

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Diabetes and disability: impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions and comorbidities.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (2013)

State of preventive health 2013.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Canuto KJ, Spagnoletti B, McDermott RA, Cargo M (2013)

Factors influencing attendance in a structured physical activity program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in an urban setting: a mixed methods process evaluation.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 12: 11

Retrieved 24 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-12-11

Farrow M, Ellis K (2013)

Physical activity for brain health and fighting dementia.

Canberra: Alzheimer's Australia

Gray C, Macniven R, Thomson N (2013)

Review of physical activity among Indigenous people.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (2013)

Sport – more than just a game: contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.

Canberra: The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

This report was produced following an inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs into the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.

The report draws on submissions to the inquiry from 58 sources, including government departments, local councils, and sporting bodies and clubs, as well as on information gathered at six public hearings. It covers:

  • Sport as a vehicle for 'closing the gap'
  • Rates of participation in sport for Indigenous Australians
  • Corporate partnerships, mentoring and culture.

The report makes 11 recommendations, such as:

  • that funding for sport and active recreation for Indigenous women and girls be prioritised
  • that the Commonwealth Government fund Indigenous sports programs over a longer term, preferably a three year cycle.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local (2013)

Closing the Gap in inner north west Melbourne: a population health needs assessment.

Melbourne: Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local

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

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

McElwaine KM, Freund M, Campbell EM, Knight J, Bowman JA, Doherty EL, Wye PM, Wolfenden L, Lecathelinais C, McLachlan S, Wiggers JH (2013)

The delivery of preventive care to clients of community health services.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 167

Retrieved 6 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-167

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

National Rural Health Alliance (2013)

NRHA priority recommendations from the 12th national rural health conference.

Canberra: National Rural Health Alliance

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

Thompson SL, Chenhall RD, Brimblecombe JK (2013)

Indigenous perspectives on active living in remote Australia: a qualitative exploration of the socio-cultural link between health, the environment and economics.

BMC Public Health; 13: 473

Retrieved 15 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-473

Whelan S, Wright DJ (2013)

Health services use and lifestyle choices of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Social Science & Medicine; 84: 1–12

2012

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian health survey: first results, 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Dollman J, Maher C, Olds TS, Ridley K (2012)

Physical activity and screen time behaviour in metropolitan, regional and rural adolescents: A cross-sectional study of Australians aged 9-16 years.

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; 15(1): 32–37

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

Gwynn J (2012)

The food and nutrient intake and physical activity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous rural children.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Newcastle: Newcastle

Kelehan M (2012)

The healthy lifestyle capacity building project for the remote physical activity workforce in Aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory, Australia.

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport; 15(Supplement 1): S258

Li M, McDermott R, D'Onise K, Leonard D (2012)

Folate status and health behaviours in two Australian Indigenous populations in north Queensland.

Public Health Nutrition; 15(10): 1959-1965

Macdonald D, Abbott R, Jenkins D (2012)

Physical activity of remote Indigenous Australian women: a postcolonial analysis of lifestyle.

Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal; 34(1): 39-54

Nalatu ST (2012)

Understanding the physical activity patterns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, including the factors that influence participation.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Griffith University: Brisbane

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

Nelson A (2012)

‘You don't have to be black skinned to be black': Indigenous young people's bodily practices.

Sport, Education and Society; 17(1): 57-75

Nelson AL, Macdonald D, Abbott RA (2012)

A risky business? Health and physical activity from the perspectives of urban Australian Indigenous young people.

Health, Risk & Society; 14(4): 325-340

Queensland Health (2012)

The health of Queenslanders 2012: advancing good health. Fourth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Ricciardelli LA, Mellor D, McCabe MP, Mussap AJ, Hallford DJ, Tyler M (2012)

Promoting fit bodies, healthy eating and physical activity among Indigenous Australian men: a study protocol.

BMC Public Health; 12: 28

Retrieved 11 January 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-12-28.pdf

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

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: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This national statistical publication reports on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12-24 years of age. This reporting is vital for the development of evidence-based youth policies. Part VII provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and looks at key issues including:

  • health status
  • determinants of health
  • families and communities
  • socioeconomic factors
  • housing
  • health system performance.

The report also highlights areas where work is still needed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Physical activity in rural Australia: fact sheet 26 (2011)

National Rural Health Alliance

Paasse G, Adams K (2011)

Working together as a catalyst for change: the development of a peer mentoring model for the prevention of chronic disease in Australian Indigenous communities.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 17(3): 214-219

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (2011)

Making links for healthy places: creating supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity in Aboriginal and Torres strait islander communities in Queensland.

South Brisbane, QLD: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Rusack EM, Dortch J, Hayward K, Renton M, Boer M, Grierson P (2011)

The role of habitus in the maintenance of traditional Noongar plant knowledge in southwest Western Australia.

Human Ecology; 39(5): 673-682

Stumpers S, Thomson N, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Urquhart B (2011)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

2010

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey, Australia: summary booklet, 2008.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey: users' guide, 2008.

Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4720.0?OpenDocument

This user's guide provides updated information on the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). Updates include information on: family and culture; health; risk factors; education; work; income; and housing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Gwynn JD, Hardy LL, Wiggers JH, Smith WT, D'Este CA, Turner N, Cochrane J, Barker DJ, Attia JR (2010)

The validation of a self-report measure and physical activity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous rural children.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S57-S65

Healthy living (2010)

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, WA Country Health Service

This resource discusses healthy living measures and how to change unhealthy behaviours.

It includes information on:

  • quitting smoking
  • quitting or cutting down alcohol consumption
  • losing weight the healthy way.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Kiran A, Knights J (2010)

Traditional Indigenous games promoting physical activity and cultural connectedness in primary schools - cluster randomised control trial.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 21(2): 149-151

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

Nelson A, Abbott R, Macdonald D (2010)

Indigenous Australians and physical activity: using a social–ecological model to review the literature.

Health Education Research; 25(3): 498-509

Ranzijn R (2010)

Active ageing —another way to oppress marginalized and disadvantaged elders? Aboriginal Elders as a case study.

Journal of Health Psychology; 15(5): 716-723

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

2009

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (2009)

10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity.

Surry Hills, NSW: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

The 10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). Programs ranged from cooking classes (Cooking classes for diabetes program) and teaching of life skills (Healthy lifestyle and weight management program), to community based activities (Fruit and vegetable program and market garden and Building healthy communities project). Despite the diversity in health topics they all shared several features, namely all were developed and tailored to meet needs identified by the Aboriginal communities in which the ACCHSs are located, and all have taken a 'holistic' approach.

The booklet was developed, produced and distributed by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) of NSW and funding was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey, 2008.

Retrieved 11 April 2011 from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4714.0?OpenDocument

Burgess CP, Johnston FH, Berry HL, McDonnell J, Yibarbuk D, Gunabarra C, Mileran A, Bailie RS (2009)

Healthy country, healthy people: the relationship between Indigenous health status and “caring for country”.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 567-572

Heart Foundation (2009)

Walking towards a stronger community.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(6): 15

Macdonald D, Abbott R, Knez K, Nelson A (2009)

Taking exercise: cultural diversity and physically active lifestyles.

Sport, Education and Society; 14(1): 1-19

2008

Abbott R, Jenkins D, Haswell-Elkins M, Fell K, Macdonald D, Cerin E (2008)

Physical activity of young people in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula region: an exploratory study.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 16(5): 278-282

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Australia's health 2008: the eleventh biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2008 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the eleventh 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.

Section 3.2 of the report compiles health information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Information about the demographic profile, health status, disability rates, and service use is provided. The section highlights that despite improvements in Indigenous death rates, the overall gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates appears to be widening with Indigenous Australians continuing to die at much younger ages. 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, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Indicators for chronic diseases and their determinants: 2008.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Making progress: the health, development and wellbeing of Australia's children and young people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Burgess CP, Berry HL, Gunthorpe W, Bailie RS (2008)

Development and preliminary validation of the 'Caring for Country' questionnaire: measurement of an Indigenous Australian health determinant.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 7: 26

Retrieved 18 December 2008 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-7-26

Cashin A, Potter E, Butler T (2008)

The relationship between exercise and hopelessness in prison.

Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; 15(1): 66-71

Clifford A (2008)

Screening and brief intervention in Aboriginal primary health care: towards evidence-based practice.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of New South Wales: Sydney

Marshall A, Hunt J, Jenkins D (2008)

Knowledge of and preferred sources of assistance for physical activity in a sample of urban Indigenous Australians.

International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity; 5: 22

Retrieved 28 April 2008 from http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/pdf/1479-5868-5-22.pdf

Medibank Private (2008)

The cost of physical inactivity.

Melbourne: Medibank Private

 
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