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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin


This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database addressing gastrointestinal health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References are divided into general and specific topics and include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.


Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2015.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

Garrard TA, Ross KE, Taylor MJ (2016)

Biocontrol for environmental control of the human parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis: a necessary next step.

Biological Control; In press(

Gibney KB, Cheng AC, Hall R, Leder K (2016)

An overview of the epidemiology of notifiable infectious diseases in Australia, 1991–2011.

Epidemiology and Infection; Firstview(

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System Annual Report Writing Group (2016)

Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2014: annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

Canberra: National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents estimates of fatal burden for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for 2010 produced as part of the Indigenous component of the Australian burden of disease study.

Fatal burden is measured in years of life lost, which is the sum of the number of years of life lost due to premature death from disease and injury. Fatal burden estimates presented in this report are described for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population for broad disease groups, by age and sex. Estimates of the 'gap' in fatal burden between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are also reported, together with selected sub-national estimates (selected states and territories, remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage).

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare will release a more comprehensive report on the burden of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2016. It will update and extend this report with 2011 estimates of fatal and non-fatal burden for more specific causes, as well as the burden attributable to selected risk factors.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Di Palma M, Krause V (2015)

Notifiable diseases in Indigenous Australians in the NT: are we closing the gap?.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 22(4): 1-6

Lal A, Fearnley E, Kirk M (2015)

The risk of reported cryptosporidiosis in children aged <5 years in Australia is highest in very remote regions.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 12(9): 11815-11828

Royle J, Lambert SB (2015)

Fifty years of immunisation in Australia (1964-2014): the increasing opportunity to prevent diseases.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 51(1): 16-20

Willcocks B, McAuliffe GN, Baird RW (2015)

Dwarf tapeworm (Hymenolepis nana): characteristics in the Northern Territory 2002–2013.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; Early view(


Asher AJ, Holt DC, Andrews RM, Power ML (2014)

Distribution of Giardia duodenalis assemblages A and B among children living in a remote Indigenous community of the Northern Territory, Australia.

PLOS ONE; 9(11): e112058

Day AS, Lemberg DA, Gearry RB (2014)

Inflammatory bowel disease in Australasian children and adolescents.

Gastroenterology Research and Practice; 2014: 703890

Retrieved 30 March 2014 from

Frommer DJ, Fernandes D, Pawar G, Goud R (2014)

Gastrointestinal amyloidosis in Australian Indigenous patients.

Internal Medicine Journal; 44(6): 605-609

Hull BP, Dey A, Menzies RI, Brotherton JM, McIntyre PB (2014)

Immunisation coverage annual report, 2011.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(4): E291-E312

Kirkwood CD, Roczo-Farkas S, Bishop RF, Barnes GL (2014)

Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Program annual report, 2012.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 38(1): 1-7

Kirkwood CD, Roczo-Farkas S, Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Group (2014)

Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Program annual report, 2013.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 38(4): E334-E342

Leach ST, Day AS, Moore D, Lemberg DA (2014)

Low rate of inflammatory bowel disease in the Australian indigenous paediatric population.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 50(4): 328-329

McLeod C, Morris PS, Snelling TL, Carapetis JR, Bowen AC (2014)

Nitazoxanide for the treatment of infectious diarrhoea in the Northern Territory, Australia 2007-2012.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2759

Retrieved 12 June 2014 from

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the sixth report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission


Bartlett LM, Nowak MJ, Ho Y (2013)

Faecal incontinence in rural and regional northern Queensland community-dwelling adults.

Rural and Remote Health; 13: 2563

Retrieved 22 November 2013 from

Cowley D, Donato CM, Roczo-Farkas S, Kirkwood CD (2013)

Novel G10P[14] rotavirus strain, Northern Territory, Australia.

Emerging Infectious Diseases; 19(8): 1324-1327

Hull BP, Menzies R, Macartney K, McIntyre PB (2013)

Impact of the introduction of rotavirus vaccine on the timeliness of other scheduled vaccines: the Australian experience.

Vaccine; 31(15): 1964–1969

Iyngkaran G, Kang S, McSweeney C, Sivanesan S, Morrison M, Macrae F (2013)

Indigenous Australians (IA) have a distinctive gut microbial profile compared to patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and non Indigenous controls.

Paper presented at the 8th Congress of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation. 14-16 February 2013, Vienna

Lu W, Wise MJ, Tay CY, Windsor HM, Marshall BJ, Peacock C, Perkins T (2013)

Comparative analysis of the full genome of the helicobacter pylori isolate, sahul64, identifies genes of high divergence.

Journal of Bacteriology; 196(10):

Moore HC, Manoharan KR, Lim FJ, Shellam G, Lehmann D (2013)

Diverging trends in gastroenteritis hospitalizations during 2 decades in Western Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 32(11): 1169-1174


Harlock M (2011)

A review of enteric disease in 2010 from the OzFoodNet perspective.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 18(3): 42-45

Snelling TL, Andrews RM, Kirkwood CD, Culvenor S, Carapetis JR (2011)

Case-control evaluation of the effectiveness of the G1P[8] human rotavirus vaccine during an outbreak of rotavirus G2P[4] infection in Central Australia.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 52(2): 191-199

Snelling TL (2011)

The effect of rotavirus vaccination on hospitalisations for gastroenteritis in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Last updated: 8 September 2016
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