Abbott P, Menzies R, Davison J, Moore L, Wang H (2013)
Improving immunisation timeliness in Aboriginal children through personalised calendars.
BMC Public Health; 13: 598
Retrieved 20 June 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-598
Australian Department of Health Immunise Australian Program (2013)
National immunisation strategy for Australia 2013-2018.
Canberra: Australia Department of Health
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)
Healthy for life: results for July 2007-June 2011.
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report presents data from services receiving Healthy for life (HfL) funding, including the number of clients and health outcomes measured by 10 essential indicators (EIs) covering maternal and child health and chronic disease care:
- timing of first antenatal visit
- average birthweight
- low and high birthweight babies
- risk factors identified during pregnancy
- immunisation rates
- conduct of adult health checks
- chronic disease management plans, GP management plans and team care arrangements
- glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) blood tests for clients with type 2 diabetes (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)
- blood pressure tests for clients with type 2 diabetes (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)
- blood pressure tests for clients with coronary heart disease (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)
It is the first publicly released report published since data collection and reporting for the Healthy for life program began in 2007. Healthy for life (HfL) program was established with a set of key objectives to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report provides comparisons over time, making it easy to see how the program has developed and its major achievements.
About 100 health services were funded as part of the program, but not all were required to provide data. Those providing data for the report represent 85% of all services funded in the 2010-11 reporting period. The services are widely distributed in every state and territory, from major cities to very remote areas.
The HfL aligns with the principles and priorities of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSF), 2003- 2013 and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the gap initiative, and is the first Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) funded program with a strong focus on continuous quality improvement (CQI) to collect and report on health outcome data that goes beyond service activity reporting.
Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Bar-Zeev N (2013)
The contribution of influenza and other respiratory viruses to the burden of pneumonia among Indigenous children in the Top End of the Northern Territory.
Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin
Bareja C, Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group (2013)
Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group – quarterly surveillance report.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E175-E178
Chen Y, Kirk MD (2013)
Incidence of acute respiratory infections in Australia.
Epidemiology and Infection; 142(7): 1355-1361
Chiu C, McIntyre P (2013)
Pneumococcal vaccines – past, present and future.
Australian Prescriber; 36(3): 88-93
Collins DA, Hoskins A, Bowman J, Jones J, Stemberger NA, Richmond PC, Leach AJ, Lehmann D (2013)
High nasopharyngeal carriage of non-vaccine serotypes in Western Australian Aboriginal people following 10 years of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination.
PLoS ONE; 8: e82280
Retrieved 3 December 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0082280
Deek H, Abbott P, Moore L, Davison J, Cameron S, DiGiacomo M, McGrath SJ, Dharmendra T, Davidson PM (2013)
Pneumococcus in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: the role of Aboriginal Health Workers and implications for nursing practice.
Contemporary Nurse; 46(1): 54-58
Gunaratnem PJ, Gilmour RE, Lowbridge C, McIntyre PB (2013)
Invasive pneumococcal disease.
New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 24(3): 142-147
National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System Annual Report Writing Group (2013)
Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2011: annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
Canberra: National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System
Phung DT, Wang Z (2013)
Risk of pneumonia in relation to body mass index in Australian Aboriginal people.
Epidemiology and Infection; 141(12): 2497-2502
Smith-Vaughan HC, Binks MJ, Marsh RL, Kaestli M, Ward L, Hare KM, Pizzutto SJ, Thornton RB, Morris PS, Leach AJ (2013)
Dominance of haemophilus influenzae in ear discharge from Indigenous Australian children with acute otitis media with tympanic membrane perforation.
BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders; 13: 12
Retrieved 8 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6815-13-12
Appuhamy RD, Beard FH, Phung HN, Selvey CE, Birrell FA, Culleton TH (2010)
The changing phases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Queensland: an overview of public health actions and epidemiology.
Medical Journal of Australia; 192(2): 94-97
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)
2010 pandemic vaccination survey: summary results.
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (2010)
CARPA standard treatment manual [5th ed.].
5th ed. Alice Springs: Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association
This manual assists practitioners to manage a range of health, social and work conditions when they arrive in central and northern Australia without any specific training in remote practice.
The manual topics include:
- emergency and assessment
- patterns of abdominal pain
- chest (breathing) injuries
- child health
- dental and oral problems
- ear and hearing problems
- chronic suppuratives lung disease
- mental health and drug problems
- mental health assessment
- suicide risk
- alcohol and other drugs
- chronic disease
- assessing and reducing cardiovascular risk
- heart failure
- sexual health
- sexually transmitted infections in men
- general topics
- eye problems
- rheumatic fever and heart disease
This resource ensures a sensitive and comprehensive approach to primary health care for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and beyond. Access to the manual requires registration which is free.
The sixth edition of the CARPA manual was released in 2014.
Abstract adapted from Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association
Centre for Disease Control (2010)
Notifications for diseases by onset date & districts: 1 January – 31 December 2009 & 2008.
Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 17(1): 42
Centre for Epidemiology and Research (2010)
New South Wales population health survey: 2006–2009 report on adult Aboriginal health.
Sydney: NSW Department of Health
Chiu C, Dey A, Wang H, Menzies R, Deeks S, Mahajan D, Macartney K, Brotherton J, Jardine A, Quinn H, Jelfs J, Booy R, Lawrence G, Jayasinghe S, Roberts A, Senanayake S, Wood N, McIntyre P (2010)
Vaccine preventable diseases in Australia, 2005 to 2007.
Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing
Davis JS, Cross GB, Charles PGP, Currie BJ, Anstey NM, Cheng AC (2010)
Pneumonia risk stratification in tropical Australia: does the SMART-COP score apply?.
Medical Journal of Australia; 192(3): 133-136
Department of Health and Ageing (2010)
Australian influenza surveillance report: no. 30, 2010, reporting period: 24 July 2010 – 30 July 2010.
Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia
Flint SM, Davis JS, Su J-Y, Oliver-Landry EP, Rogers BA, Goldstein A, Thomas JH, Parameswaran U, Bigham C, Freeman K, Goldrick P, Tong SYC (2010)
Disproportionate impact of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza on Indigenous people in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory.
Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 617-622
Halder N, Kelso JK, Milne GJ (2010)
Analysis of the effectiveness of interventions used during the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza pandemic.
BMC Public Health; (10): 168
Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-168.pdf
Hanna JN, Humphreys JL, Jennison A, Penny M, Smith HV (2010)
Serotype 6C invasive pneumococcal disease in Indigenous people in north Queensland.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(2): 122-123
Harris PNA, Dixit R, Francis F, Buettner PG, Leahy C, Burgher B, Egan A, Proud M, Jayalath R, Grewal A, Norton RE (2010)
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 in north Queensland – risk factors for admission in a region with a large Indigenous population.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(2): 102-109
Herceg A, Sharp PG, Arthur CG, Tongs JA (2010)
Pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 in an urban Aboriginal medical service.
Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 623
Mackenzie GA, Leach AJ, Carapetis JR, Fisher J, Morris PS (2010)
Epidemiology of nasopharyngeal carriage of respiratory bacterial pathogens in children and adults: cross-sectional surveys in a population with high rates of pneumococcal disease.
BMC Infectious Diseases; 10: 304
Retrieved 23 October 2010 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-10-304
McIver LJ, Kippin AN, Parish ST, Whitehead OG (2010)
HIV, malaria and pneumonia in a Torres Strait Islander male – a case report.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(4): 448-449
Miller A, Clough A, Nelson C, Durrheim D, Pearce G, Roberts J, Broome J, Judd J, Kelly J, Taylor K, Blackley M, Massey PD, Speare R, Saggers S, Odo T (2010)
Influenza studies with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities: keeping families safe.
Townsville: James Cook University
Miller A, Durrheim DN (2010)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities forgotten in new Australian National Action Plan for Human Influenza Pandemic: “Ask us, listen to us, share with us” (editorial).
Medical Journal of Australia; 193(6): 316-317
Moberley S, Krause V, Cook H, Mulholland K, Carapetis J, Torzillo P, Andrews R (2010)
Failure to vaccinate or failure of vaccine? Effectiveness of the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine program in Indigenous adults in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Vaccine; 28(11): 2296-2301
Newman L, Stirzaker S, Knuckey D, Robinson K, Hood J, Knope K, Fitzsimmons G, Martin N, Siripol S, Gajanayake I, Kaczmarek M, Barr I, Hii A, Foxwell R, Owen R, Wright P, Fitzsimmons G, Sanders L, Barry C, Barker S, Ormond J, Liu C (2010)
Australia's notifiable disease status, 2008: annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(3): 157-224
O’Grady K-AF, Taylor-Thomson DM, Chang AB, Torzillo PJ, Morris PS, Mackenzie GA, Wheaton GR, Bauert PA, De Campo MP, De Campo JF, Ruben AR (2010)
Rates of radiologically confirmed pneumonia as defined by the World Health Organization in Northern Territory Indigenous children.
Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 592-595
Senanayake SN (2010)
Australia's health 2010: an overview of infectious diseases [editorial].
Medical Journal of Australia; 193(5): 256-257
Stokes B (2010)
Ministerial review into the public health response into the adverse events to the seasonal influenza vaccine - final report to the Minister for Health.
Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia