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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.


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


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

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


Bishop R, Kirkwood C (2009)

Rotavirus diarrhoea and Aboriginal Children.

Microbiology Australia; 30(5): 205-207

Campbell SJ, Nissen MD, Lambert SB (2009)

Rotavirus epidemiology in Queensland during the pre-vaccine era.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 33(2): 240-208

Grimwood K, Forbes DA (2009)

Acute and persistent diarrhea.

Pediatric Clinics of North America; 56(6): 1343-1361

Ritchie B, Brewster D, Tran CD, McNeil Y, Zacharakis B, Davidson GP, Butler RN (2009)

Lack of diagnostic accuracy of the monoclonal stool antigen test for detection of helicobacter pylori infection in young Australian Aboriginal children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 28(4): 287-289

Ritchie BK, Brewster DR, Davidson GP, Tran CD, McNeil Y, Hawkes JS, Butler RN (2009)

C-sucrose breath test: novel use of a noninvasive biomarker of environmental gut health.

Pediatrics; 124(2): 620-626

Last updated: 2 March 2015
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