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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 tobacco use 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.

2014

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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013.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)

Children's headline indicators [interactive data portal].

Retrieved 12 June 2014 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/chi/

COAG Reform Council (2014)

Indigenous reform 2012-13: five years of performance.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

The National Indigenous reform agreement signed in 2009 set out six outcome based reform targets to address Indigenous disadvantage and 'close the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This publication reports on the six Closing the gap targets which include:

  • closing the life expectancy within a generation (by 2031)
  • halving the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade (by 2018)
  • ensuring all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years (by 2013)
  • halving the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade (by 2018)
  • halving the gap for Indigenous people aged 20-24 in year 12 or equivalent attainment rates (by 2020)
  • halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade (by 2018).

Data for this report comes from surveys and administrative collections. The report considers if Indigenous outcomes have improved over the five years since 2008, the areas of concern and recommendations.

Abstract adapted from COAG Reform Council

Cosh S, Hawkins K, Skaczkowski G, Copley D, Bowden J (2014)

Tobacco use among urban Aboriginal Australian young people: a qualitative study of reasons for smoking, barriers to cessation and motivators for smoking cessation.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; Online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13157):

Gould GS, Watt K, McEwen A, Cadet-James Y, Clough AR (2014)

Validation of risk assessment scales and predictors of intentions to quit smoking in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: a cross-sectional survey protocol.

BMJ Open; 4(6): e004887

Retrieved 5 June 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-004887

Gould GS, Watt K, Stevenson L, McEwen A, Cadet-James Y, Clough AR (2014)

Developing anti-tobacco messages for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: evidence from a national cross-sectional survey.

BMC Public Health; 14: 250

Retrieved 13 March 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-250

Guillaumier A, Bonevski C, Paul C, D'Este C, Doran C, Siahpush M (2014)

Paying the price: a cross-sectional survey of Australian socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers' responses to hypothetical cigarette price rises.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(2): 177–185

Harvard A, Jorm LR, Lujic S (2014)

Risk adjustment for smoking Identified through tobacco use diagnoses in hospital data: a validation study.

PLOS ONe; 9(4): e95029

Retrieved 15 April 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0095029

Hoekzema L, Buning AW, Bonevsk B, Wolke L, Wong S, Drinkwater P, Stewar K, George J (2014)

Smoking rates and smoking cessation preferences of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics of two large Australian maternity hospitals.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; 54(1): 53-58

Marley JV, Atkinson D, Kitaura T, Nelson C, Gray D, Metcalf S, Maguire GP (2014)

The Be our ally beat smoking (BOABS) study, a randomised controlled trial of an intensive smoking cessation intervention in a remote Aboriginal Australian health care setting.

BMC Public Health; 14: 32

Retrieved 13 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-32

Noble NE, Paul CL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Blunden SV, Stewart JM, Conigrave KM (2014)

A cross-sectional survey assessing the acceptability and feasibility of self-report electronic data collection about health risks from patients attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making; 14: 34

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-14-34

Northern Territory Tobacco Control Advisory Committee (2014)

Northern Territory Tobacco Control Advisory Committee annual report 2014.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health

Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (2014)

QAIHC external report 3 : Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services Clinical Excellence (ACE program).

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council

Tsourtos G, Ward PR, Lawn S, Winefield AH, Hersh D, Coveney J (2014)

Is resilience relevant to smoking abstinence for Indigenous Australians?.

Health Promotion International; Advance Access(http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dau087):

2013

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (2013)

Tips and tricks for new players ... a guide to becoming familiar with the alcohol and other drugs sector [4th ed.].

Deakin, ACT: Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

This guide is a resource and orientation tool for new workers to the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector. It has a number of sections including:

  • a comprehensive directory of key organisations within the AOD sector with information on contact details
  • a list of Indigenous specific organisations relevant to the AOD sector
  • information on continuing professional development and guidelines on developing skills in the workforce
  • a succinct of list of terms commonly used in the AOD sector with a short description of what each means.

There are also research tips on how to find further information and some short articles from professionals working in the field.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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 report: Australian Capital 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 Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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 Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Smoking and quitting smoking among prisoners in Australia: 2012.

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 National Preventive Health Agency (2013)

National preventive health research strategy: 2013-2018.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (2013)

State of preventive health 2013.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Budden L (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders tobacco smoking: tackling the challenge.

Australian Nursing Journal; 21(1): 43

Dawson AP, Cargo M, Stewart H, Chong A, Daniel M (2013)

Identifying multi-level culturally appropriate smoking cessation strategies for Aboriginal health staff: a concept mapping approach.

Health Education Research; 28(1): 31-45

Dawson GM, Noller JM, Skinner JC (2013)

Models of smoking cessation brief interventions in oral health.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 24(3): 131-134

Gould G (2013)

Making ‘Blow Away the Smokes' DVD for Indigenous smokers - the journey and lessons learnt.

Paper presented at the 12th National Rural Health Conference: Strong Commitment. Bright Future.. 7-10 April 2013, Adelaide Convention Centre

Gould GS, McEwen A, Watters T, Clough AR, van der Zwan R (2013)

Should anti-tobacco media messages be culturally targeted for Indigenous populations? A systematic review and narrative synthesis.

Tobacco Control; 22(4): e7

Gould GS (2013)

A snapshot of the development of anti-tobacco messages for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – report from an Australian national survey.

Cairns: James Cook University

This publication reports on a national survey to determine current practices used in the development of tobacco control messages by organisations in Australia providing anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Forty-seven people from 44 different organisations including Aboriginal medical services, government and non-government organisations, and universities were interviewed about their programs.

This study aimed to fill an important knowledge gap in the way messages and accompanying resources are being produced and disseminated. Analysis of the data gained from the survey will enable contributions towards making future recommendations for best practice. The authors recommend refinement of evaluation, pre-empting cultural challenges, and synergy by partnerships to achieve the goal of closing the gap on Indigenous health caused by tobacco smoking.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Jenner L, Lee N (2013)

Screening for substance use and related issues by specialist alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment and support services in the ACT: discussion paper.

Canberra: Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

Johnston L, Doyle J, Morgan B, Atkinson-Briggs S, Firebrace B, Marika M, Reilly R, Cargo M, Riley T, Rowley K (2013)

A review of programs that targeted environmental determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(8): 3518-3542

Johnston V, Thomas D, Westphal D, Earnshaw C (2013)

Starting to smoke: experiences of Indigenous youth.

Melbourne: Lowitja Institute

This report documents the methodology, findings and conclusions of the Starting to smoke research project. The aim of the project was to explore the reasons young Indigenous people in the Northern Territory start smoking as well as the protective factors which prevent smoking. Young people aged 13-20 years of age were recruited from urban and remote communities to participate in one-on-one and group interviews.

A particular focus of the project was on the social and cultural processes that influence smoking uptake in this group. Based on the project's findings, the report makes recommendations regarding future smoking prevention initiatives. The project was carried out in the Northern Territory across two sites: one in Darwin and one in a remote community in Arnhem Land.

Abstract adapted from Lowitja Institute

Mendelsohn CP, Gould GS (2013)

Changes in smoking intensity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 1994–2008 [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(9): 479

Paul CL, Turon H, Bonevski B, Bryant J, McElduff P (2013)

A cross-sectional survey of experts' opinions about the relative effectiveness of tobacco control strategies for the general population versus disadvantaged groups: what do we choose in the absence of evidence?.

BMC Public Health; 13: 1144

Retrieved 8 December 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-1144

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

Richmond RL, Indig D, Butler TG, Wilhelm KA, Archer VA, Wodak AD (2013)

Smoking and other drug characteristics of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal prisoners in Australia.

Journal of Addiction; 2013: 516342

Retrieved 10 March 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/516342

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

Rodgers M (2013)

Creating successful anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal communities.

intouch; 30(2): 1-2

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

Thomas DP, Ferguson M, Johnston V, Brimblecombe J (2013)

Impact and perceptions of tobacco tax increase in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

Nicotine & Tobacco Research; 15(6): 1099-1106

Thomas DP (2013)

Changes in smoking intensity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 1994–2008 [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(9): 479

2012

Aboriginal Affairs Taskforce (2012)

Victorian Government Indigenous affairs report 2010-11.

Melbourne: Department of Planning and Community Development

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

Bell J (2012)

No smokes project: summative evaluation report: findings from qualitative focus groups.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

Bonevski B, Baker A (2012)

Tobacco smoking as a social justice issue: advances in research [editorial].

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(5): 599-601

Carson KV, Brinn MP, Peters M, Veale A, Esterman AJ, Smith BJ (2012)

Interventions for smoking cessation in Indigenous populations.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; 2012(1): CD009046

Retrieved 18 January 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD009046.pub2

Smoking in Indigenous communities around the world (2012)

Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control

This factsheet provides information on smoking rates among Indigenous people in Canada, New Zealand, United States of America and Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

What do we know about the success of social marketing in tobacco control? (2012)

Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control

This resource includes information on:

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)

2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey was conducted between late-April and early-September 2010. This was the 10th survey in a series which began in 1985, and was the fifth to be managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). More than 26,000 people aged 12 years or older participated in the survey, in which they were asked about their knowledge of and attitudes towards drugs, their drug consumption histories, and related behaviours. Most of the analysis presented is of people aged 14 years or older, so that results can be compared with previous reports.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 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)

Drugs in Australia 2010: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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)

Review of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set.

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

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

Cancer Council Victoria (2011)

Plain packaging of tobacco products: a review of the evidence.

Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria

Child and Adolescent Community Health (2011)

Health and wellbeing profile of young Western Australians.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

Doyle M, Butler T, Stevens C (2011)

The National Summit on Tobacco Smoking in Prison: Australian National University, Canberra, August 2010 - an Aboriginal perspective.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(3): 10-12

Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (2011)

The Victorian drug statistics handbook: patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2008 to June 2009.

Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria

Northern Territory tobacco control act (2011)

Northern Territory Government

Passey ME, Gale JT, Sanson-Fisher RW (2011)

"Its almost expected": rural Australian Aboriginal women's reflections on smoking initiation and maintenance: a qualitative study.

BMC Women's Health; 11: 55

Retrieved 9 December 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6874-11-55.pdf

Platt L (2011)

Exploring the disparity in tobacco use between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Stanford Service in Global Health; 3(1): 31-34

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

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

Thomas DP, Fitz JW, Johnston V, Townsend J, Kneebone W (2011)

Wholesale data for surveillance of Australian Aboriginal tobacco consumption in the Northern Territory.

Tobacco Control; 20(4): 291-295

Thompson M, Robertson J, Clough A (2011)

A review of the barriers preventing Indigenous Health Workers delivering tobacco interventions to their communities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(1): 47–53

2010

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

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Oct 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:

  • The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
  • The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
  • Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
  • Socio-economic outcomes continute to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
  • More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
  • The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Burns J, Maling CM, Thomson N (2010)

Summary of Indigenous women's health.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Clough AR, Maclaren DJ, Robertson JA, Ivers RG, Conigrave KM (2010)

Can we measure daily tobacco consumption in remote Indigenous communities? Comparing self-reported tobacco consumption with community-level estimates in an Arnhem Land study.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(2): 166-172

Hoad V, Somerford P, Katzenellenbogen J (2010)

The burden of disease and injury attributed to preventable risks to health in Western Australia, 2006.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute, Winangali Pty Ltd (2010)

Developmental research to inform the local Indigenous community campaigns to promote better health.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute, Winangali Pty Ltd (2010)

Developmental research to inform the National Action to Reduce Smoking Rates social marketing campaign.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Johnston V, Thomas DP (2010)

What works in Indigenous tobacco control? The perceptions of remote Indigenous community members and health staff.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 21(1): 45-50

MacLaren D, Redman-MacLaren M, Clough A (2010)

Estimating tobacco consumption in remote Aboriginal communities using retail sales data: some challenges and opportunities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S66-S70

MacLaren DJ, Conigrave KM, Robertson JA, Ivers RG, Eades S, Clough AR (2010)

Using breath carbon monoxide to validate self-reported tobacco smoking in remote Australian Indigenous communities.

Population Health Metrics; 8(2): 1-24

Purdie N, Dudgeon P, Walker R, eds. (2010)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing and substance use issues. The book contains comprehensive, culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing
  • mental health practice
  • working with specific groups - models, programs, and services.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features in various parts of the book.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Rugkhla P (2010)

Women and tobacco.

Melbourne: Women's Health Victoria

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

2009

Asthma Foundation NT (2009)

Smoking and asthma.

The Chronicle; 14(3): 12

Browne R (2009)

Starving for ngarali: tobacco and culture in East Arnhem Land.

The Chronicle; 14(3): 4-5

Cancer Council Northern Territory (2009)

Health risks of passive smoking: position statement.

The Chronicle; 14(3): 18-20

Friel S (2009)

Health equity in Australia: a policy framework based on the social determinants of obesity, alcohol and tobacco.

Canberra: Preventative Health Taskforce

Gazis N, Connor JP, Ho R (2009)

Cultural identity and peer influence as predictors of substance use among culturally diverse Australian adolescents.

Journal of Early Adolescence; 30(3): 345-368

Hudson L, White A, Roseby R (2009)

Tobacco smoke exposure in hospitalised Aboriginal children in Central Australia.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 44(9): 1-4

Johnston V, Thomas D, Fitz J (2009)

Aboriginal stories about smoking.

The Chronicle; 14(3): 1-2

Passey M, Gale J, Holt B, Leatherday C, Roberts C, Kay D, Rogers L, Paden V (2009)

Stop smoking in its tracks: understanding smoking by rural Aboriginal women.

Paper presented at the Rural health: the place to be ... The 10th National Rural Health Conference. 17-20 May 2009, Cairns, Qld

Pilkington AAG, Carter OBJ, Cameron AS, Thompson SC (2009)

Tobacco control practices among Aboriginal health professionals in Western Australia.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 15(2): 152-158

Richmond R, Butler T, Wilhelm K, Wodak A, Cunningham M, Anderson I (2009)

Tobacco in prisons: a focus group study.

Tobacco Control; 18(3): 176-182

Saunders J (2009)

"Chop-chop" tobacco smoking.

The Chronicle; 14(3): 13

Thomas DP, Johnston V, Fitz JW, McDonnell J (2009)

Monitoring local trends in Indigenous tobacco consumption.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 33(1): 64 - 66

Thomas DP (2009)

Smoking prevalence trends in Indigenous Australians, 1994-2004: a typical rather than an exceptional epidemic.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 8(37): 1-21

Urbis (2009)

Evaluation of the National Drug Strategy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003 - 2009: final report.

Canberra: National Drug Strategy

van der Sterren A (2009)

Tobacco use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

DrugInfo Newsletter; 7(3): 6

2008

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Health risk factors.

In: Trewin D, Madden R, eds. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2008. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: 137-150

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2008 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

Collins DJ, Lapsley HM (2008)

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