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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Key references

References for the key publications about tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.

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

2012

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set 2012–13: specifications and collection manual.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set 2012-13: specifications and collection manual is a reference for those collecting and supplying data for the Alcohol and other drug treatment services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS-NMDS), including Australian Government and state and territory government staff, and AOD treatment agency staff. Major changes to the 2012-13 edition include:

  • an update to the 'Principal drug of concern' data item to align with the Australian Standard Classification of Drugs of Concern (2011)
  • the inclusion of additional data elements to enable the number of clients receiving treatment to be estimated.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Thomas D (2012)

National trends in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking and quitting, 1994–2008.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(1): 24-29

2011

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)

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2011)

National drug strategy 2010-2015.

Canberra: Australian Government

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is a framework for action on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The aim of the National drug strategy 2010-2015 is to build safe and healthy communities by minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities.

The National drug strategy 2010-2015 is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 provides background and explains the conceptual framework of the strategy
  • Part 2 details specific objectives and suggested actions under each pillar
  • Part 3 discusses the supporting approaches of workforce, evidence, performance monitoring and governance.

Abstract adapted from the National drug strategy

2009

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

Tobacco smoking in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2004-05.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

To provide an overview of smoking in the Indigenous population, this report used data from the National Health Survey: Summary of Results: 2004-05; the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: 2004-05; and Tobacco Smoking - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: A snapshot, 2004-05. It was found that half of Indigenous Australian adults smoke (50%), and among Indigenous men living in remote areas nearly 60% smoke. The Indigenous population is nearly twice as likely to smoke regularly compared with the non-Indigenous population and this rate applies across all age groups. Indigenous females are nearly three times more likely to smoke regularly than non-Indigenous females.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

Drug and alcohol service reporting 2007–08 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use specific services.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The information contained in this report is comprised of data obtained from Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use specific service providers. The data, collected over a 12 month period, relates to client and staffing profiles, location and funding of services, and service delivery. Information is also provided on these specific areas for the previous five years allowing for comparisons.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

Urbis (2008)

Indigenous smoking scoping study: prepared for South Australian Department of Health.

Adelaide: South Australia Department of Health

2007

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2007)

Tobacco smoking - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a snapshot, 2004-05.

Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/4722.0.55.004Main%20Features12004-05?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=4722.0.55.004&issue=2004-05&num=&view=

2006

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Australia, 2004-05.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of results from the 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey provides information about health status, health actions, and lifestyle factors, of Indigenous peoples. There are comparisons with the 1995 and 2001 National Health Surveys and the 2002 National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Social Survey.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Heath DL, Panaretto K, Manessis V, Larkins S, Malouf P, Reilly E, Elston J (2006)

Factors to consider in smoking interventions for Indigenous women.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 12(2): 131-136

Ivers RG, Castro A, Parfitt D, Bailie RS, d'Abbs PH, Richmond RL (2006)

Evaluation of a multi-component community tobacco intervention in three remote Australian Aboriginal communities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 30(2): 132-136

2005

Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (2005)

National Tobacco Strategy, 2004-2009: the strategy.

Canberra: Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy

2004

Gilchrist D, Woods B, Binns CW, Scott JA, Gracey M, Smith H (2004)

Aboriginal mothers, breastfeeding and smoking.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 28(3): 225-228


This study examined the smoking practices of a group of Aboriginal mothers during their pregnancy and for the period in the subsequent year that they breastfed their infants. Rates of smoking among the mothers, whose babies were delivered in Perth hospitals, were identified using interviews and questionnaires. It was found that although previous studies have indicated smoking as a factor connected with lower rates of breastfeeding, this was not the case for Aboriginal mothers and there was no difference in the percentage of smokers and non-smokers who initiated breastfeeding. The prevalence of smoking among the Aboriginal mothers was considerably greater than in an earlier survey of non-Aboriginal mothers in Perth. It was noted that high rates of smoking among Aboriginal mothers are likely to contribute to higher rates of low birth weight and other early childhood health problems in this population group. Smoking termination programs were recommended, particularly before and during pregnancy and during lactation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

 
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