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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin


This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications addressing hepatitis 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.


Brener L, Wilson H, Jackson LC, Johnson P, Saunders V, Treloar C (2015)

Experiences of diagnosis, care and treatment among Aboriginal people living with hepatitis C.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(

Burns J, Burrow S, Drew N, Elwell M, Gray C, Harford-Mills M, Hoareau J, Lynch R, MacRae A, O’Hara T, Potter C, Ride K, Trzesinski A (2015)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet


Arabena K, Howell-Meurs S, CoombeL, Shipp M, ShanahanN, Hanley J, Bourke P, Thatcher R, Coutts S (2014)

Talking up strong - voices of our mob: report for the Salvation Army on the characteristics and needs of Aboriginal clients at Access Health, St Kilda, Victoria.

Melbourne: Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit

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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013.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

Cunningham T (2014)

HIV, hepatitis viruses and viral STIs: intertwined fates?.

Microbiology Australia; 35(2): 83-87

Grish RG, Gutierrez JA, Navarro-Cazarez N, Tran B, Locarnini S, Hammond R, Bowden S (2014)

A simple and inexpensive point-of-care test for hepatitis B surface antigen detection: serological and molecular evaluation.

Journal of Viral Hepatitis; 21(12): 905–908

NSW Ministry of Health (2014)

NSW hepatitis B strategy 2014-2020.

North Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health


Alter HJ (2013)

The road not taken or how I learned to love the liver: a personal perspective on hepatitis history.

Hepatology; 59(1): 4 - 12

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

Shipp M, Wilkes E, Kaldor K, Gray D (2013)

Celebrating strength: the role of resilience in responding to blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections among Indigenous communities.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 27-29

Ward J, Bryant J, Worth H, Hull P, Solar S, Bailey S (2013)

Use of health services for sexually transmitted and blood-borne viral infections by young Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 19(1): 81-86


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Kwan KSH, Giele CM, Combs B, Mak DB (2012)

Improvement in antenatal testing for sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses in Western Australian hospitals, 2007 to 2010.

Sexual Health; 9(4): 349-354

The Kirby Institute (2012)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

The Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health program was established at the Kirby Institute in 2007, with an aim to close the gap in the health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The key focus of the Institute's work is sexual health and blood borne viruses, working in collaboration with other key health sectors involved in substance use, offender health, and social and emotional wellbeing research.

This report outlines a number of projects being conducted by the Kirby Institute across Australia. Information for each project includes:

  • description of the project
  • Aboriginal community involvement
  • expected benefits to the community
  • investigators
  • collaborating organisations
  • funding body
  • contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thomas SL, Kalsi H, Graham S (2012)

Sexually transmissible infections and bloodborne viruses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 92


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

Watkins RE, Mak DB, Connelly C (2011)

Identifying high risk groups for sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses upon admission to prison in Western Australia.

Rural and Remote Health; 11: 1621

Retrieved 16 March 2011 from


Ngarra exhibition booklet 2010 (2010)

Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

This publication was produced by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) and includes the range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health initiatives that were showcased at the Ngarra exhibition in Sydney in 2010. The exhibition sought to raise awareness about the range of initiatives that have been implemented across Australia including research, resources, online programs, and other related activities. This booklet provides summary information and the contact details of each of these initiatives.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Second national sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 - 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Fagan P, McDonell P (2010)

Knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in relation to safe sex, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS among remote living north Queensland youth.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S52-S56

Mapfumo L, Waples-Crowe P, Ware J (2010)

Action research: addressing HIV risks related to injecting drug use in Victorian Aboriginal communities.

Melbourne: Anex

Mooney-Somers J, Olsen A, Erick W, Scott R, Akee A, Kaldor J, Maher L (2010)

Learning from the past: young Indigenous people's accounts of blood-borne viral and sexually transmitted infections as resilience narratives.

Culture, Health & Sexuality; 13(2): 173-186

URBIS (2010)

Review of OATSIH's investment in sexual health and blood borne virus activities: final report.

Sydney: URBIS

Last updated: 3 August 2015
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