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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Publications

2014

Kaidonis G, Mills RA, Landers J, Lake SR, Burdon KP, Craig JE (2014)

Review of the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in Indigenous Australians.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; Accepted Articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ceo.12338):

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Diabetes and disability: impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions and comorbidities.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Boudville AI, Anjou MD, Taylor HR (2013)

Eye health promotion to improve awareness and prevent vision loss among Indigenous Australians.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 24(1): 76-77

Eye care pathways for people with diabetes in Aboriginal community controlled health centres (2013)

Burnett A, Brown H, Morse A, Waddell C, Naduvilath T

This poster was created for the World Diabetes Congress 2013. It summarises the findings from a study conducted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute of eye care service delivery patterns for adults with diabetes in selected Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Centres (ACCHCs) in the Northern Territory (NT) and New South Wales (NSW).

The poster contains:

  • a brief overview of the settings and aims of the study
  • the methods used to collate and analyse the data
  • the results of the analysis, including the documented mean adherence to best practice eye care guidelines in 19 health centres (NT/NSW)
  • a discussion of the results outlining gaps in the delivery of eye care services for patients with diabetes.

It offers a useful summary of the patterns of delivery of eye care services, gaps in eye care pathways, and strategies for improvements.

Abstract adapted from Brien Holden Vision Institute

Dirani M, Shaw J, Crowston J (2013)

Out of sight : diabetic eye disease in Australia.

Melbourne: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Centre for Eye Research Australia

Forbes MP, Ling J, Jones S, McDermott R (2013)

Impacts and outcomes of diabetes care in a high risk remote Indigenous community over time: implications for practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 19(2): 107-112

Hsueh YS, Brando A, Dunt D, Anjou MD, Boudville A, Taylor H (2013)

Cost of close the gap for vision of Indigenous Australians: on estimating the extra resources required.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 21(6): 329-335

Hsueh YS, Dunt D, Anjou MD, Boudville A, Taylor H (2013)

Close the gap for vision: the key is to invest on coordination.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 21(6): 299-305

Ku JJ, Landers J, Henderson T, Craig JE (2013)

The reliability of single-field fundus photography in screening for diabetic retinopathy: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(2): 93-96

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig JE (2013)

Incidence of visual impairment due to cataract, diabetic retinopathy and trachoma in Indigenous Australians within Central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(1): 50–55

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

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 2012. 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

Spurling GK, Askew DA, Schluter PJ, Hayman NE (2013)

Implementing computerised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks in primary care for clinical care and research: a process evaluation.

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making; 13: 108

Retrieved 21 September 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-13-108

Tapp RJ, Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR (2013)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision - diabetes-related eye care in the Indigenous Australian population [letter].

Diabetic Medicine; 30(9): 1145–1146

Vos T, Taylor HR (2013)

Contribution of vision loss to the Indigenous health gap.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 41(3): 309–310

2012

Landers J, Henderson T, Craig JE (2012)

Incidence of visual impairment and blindness in Indigenous Australians within Central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 40(7): 657–661

Maher L, Brown AM, Torvaldsen S, Dawson AJ, Patterson JA, Lawrence G (2012)

Eye health services for Aboriginal people in the western region of NSW, 2010.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 81-86

Maple-Brown LJ, Cunningham J, Zinman B, Mamakeesick M, Harris SB, Connelly PW, Shaw J, O'Dea K, Hanley AJ (2012)

Cardiovascular disease risk profile and microvascular complications of diabetes: comparison of Indigenous cohorts with diabetes in Australia and Canada.

Cardiovascular Diabetology; 11: 30

Retrieved 28 March 2012 from http://www.cardiab.com/content/pdf/1475-2840-11-30.pdf

2011

AIHW Cardiovascular Diabetes and Kidney Unit (2011)

Diabetes indicators in Australia.

Retrieved December 2011 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/diabetes-indicators/

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Eye health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper summarises the findings of the 2008 National Indigenous eye health survey and presents data from the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit, Medicare, hospital data collections and case studies.

The major findings include:

  • Indigenous people over the age of 40 have six times the rate of blindness of non-Indigenous Australians
  • Indigenous children have less poor vision than non-Indigenous children
  • 94% of vision loss in Indigenous Australians is preventable or treatable
  • 35% of Indigenous Australians report they have never had an eye examination
  • trachoma was found in one half of very remote communities at endemic levels
  • cataract was the cause of one-third of blindness in Indigenous adults.

Research suggests that improved vision is associated with provision of eye services by the community-controlled sector and that well coordinated services are more productive, have shorter waiting lists and save money.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Clark A, Morgan WH, Kain S, Farah H, Armstrong K, Preen D, Semmens JB, Yu DY (2011)

Diabetic retinopathy in Australian Aboriginal people: response.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(2): 185–186

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (2011)

Eye health in the Kimberley: plain language report 2011.

Broome: Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council

Landers J, Henderson T, Abhary S, Craig J (2011)

Incidence of diabetic retinopathy in indigenous Australians within central Australia: the central Australian ocular health study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 40(1): 83-87

Nielsen N, Jackson C, Spurling G, Cranstoun P (2011)

Nondiabetic retinal pathology - prevalence in diabetic retinopathy screening.

Australian Family Physician; 40(7): 529-532

Taylor H (2011)

Diabetic retinopathy in Australian Aboriginal people.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(2): 185

Taylor HR, Boudville A, Anjou M, McNeil R (2011)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision: summary report.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

This report is the third part in a series produced by the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne, following from the National Indigenous eye health survey report and Access to eye health services among Indigenous Australians. The report makes important recommendations for policy change in eye and vision health across all levels of government in Australia. Each policy recommendation is explained, all possible outcomes are explored, and costings presented clearly. There is also a 'recommendation implementation map' with a timeline for actioning of each recommendation.

Importantly, the report dispels some common myths about Indigenous eye and vision health: poor vision and blindness are the third leading cause of the health gap among Indigenous populations (after cardiovascular disease and diabetes) and increase mortality rates 2.6 times, much of it due to increased risk of injury. Indigenous Australian adults have blindness rates six times the rate of the mainstream; and, although 94% of vision loss is preventable and treatable, 35% of all adults have never had an eye exam. This report represents an important contribution to policy debates.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor HR, Dunt D, Hsueh Y, Brando A (2011)

Projected needs for eye care services for Indigenous Australians.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, the University of Melbourne

Turner AW, House PH (2011)

The rising tide of diabetic retinopathy in Indigenous Australians [editorial].

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(6): 483-484

Xie J, Arnold A, Keeffe J, Goujon N, Dunn RA, Fox S, Taylor HR (2011)

Prevalence of self-reported diabetes and diabetic retinopathy in indigenous Australians: the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 39(6): 487-493

2010

Clark A, Morgan WH, Kain S, Farah H, Armstrong K, Preen D, Semmens JB, Yu D-Y (2010)

Diabetic retinopathy and the major causes of vision loss in Aboriginals from remote Western Australia.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 38(5): 475-482

Dirani M, McAuley AK, Maple-Brown L, Kawasaki R, McIntosh RL, Harper CA, Lamoureux EL, Tatipata S, Dunbar T, O'Dea K, Cunningham J (2010)

Association of retinal vessel calibre with diabetic retinopathy in an urban Australian Indigenous population.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 38(6): 577-582

Kelaher M, Ferdinand A, Ngo S, Tambuwla N, Taylor HR (2010)

Access to eye health services among Indigenous Australians: an area level analysis.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

Landers J, Henderson T, Abhary S, Craig J (2010)

Prevalence and associations of diabetic retinopathy in Indigenous Australians within central Australia: the Central Australian Ocular Health Study.

Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology; 38(4): 393-397

Spurling GKP, Askew DA, Hayman NE, Hansar N, Cooney AM, Jackson CL (2010)

Retinal photography for diabetic retinopathy screening in Indigenous primary health care: the Inala experience.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S30-S33

Taylor HR, Stanford E (2010)

Provision of Indigenous eye health services.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

2009

Rural Health Education Foundation (2009)

Type 2 diabetes mellitus guideline series learning guide.

Canberra: Rural Health Education Foundation

This learning guide is designed as a companion to the Rural Health Education Foundation's Diabetes and Indigenous Australians series of professional development programs.

The programs are based on the new NHMRC endorsed type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DN) clinical guidelines, and are designed to assist clinicians, health services and policy makers with a focus on prevention, detection, and management of type 2 diabetes.

The learning guide includes activities that are designed to facilitate group discussion and engage with the material covered in the DVD, including highlighting key issues raised in each of the programs, which include:

  • blood glucose control and patient education
  • chronic kidney disease and diabetic retinopathy
  • case detection and primary prevention
  • diabetes and Indigenous Australians

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Spurling G, Askew D, Hayman N, Hansar N (2009)

Diabetic retinopathy screening in an urban Indigenous health clinic - what impact did it have in the first year?.

Paper presented at the 2009 GP & PHC Research Conference: Driving Change. 15-17 July 2009, Melbourne

Taylor H, Gruen R (2009)

Diabetic retinopathy: accuracy of screening methods for diabetic retinopathy: a systematic review.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

Taylor HR, National Indigenous Eye Health Survey Team (2009)

National Indigenous eye health survey: minum barreng (tracking eyes): full report.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, The University of Melbourne

This report details the findings of the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey which was conducted in 2008 to define:

  • the extent of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • the causes of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • the impact of vision loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

The survey was designed to plan and prioritise the effective delivery of eye care for Indigenous people. Overall 2,883 Indigenous people were examined. The report records the extent of eye health problems such as refractive error, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, blindness and trachoma.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Tegan F (2009)

The eyes have it: preventing and monitoring the diabetic eye.

Pharmacy News; March 2009:

Turner A, Mulholland W, Taylor HR (2009)

Outreach eye services in Australia.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit

2008

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Eye health in Australia: a hospital perspective.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Maple-Brown L, Cunningham J, Dunne K, Whitbread C, Howard D, Weeramanthri T, Tatipata S, Dunbar T, Harper CA, Taylor HR, Zimmet P, O'Dea K, Shaw JE (2008)

Complications of diabetes in urban Indigenous Australians: the DRUID study.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; 80(3): 455-462

Saliba AJ (2008)

Impact of rurality on optical health: review of the literature and relevant Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

Rural and Remote Health; 8: 1056

Retrieved 10 December 2008 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1056.pdf

 
Last updated: 20 May 2014
 
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