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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin


This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.


Adams M (2015)

Utilising appropriate methodology and social work practices: consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males.

In: Fejo-King C, Poona J, eds. Emerging from the margins: First Australians’ perspectives of social work. Canberra: Magpie Goose: 87-116

Social work theories and practices are based on the principles of Western non-Indigenous theories and ideas. The Australian Association of Social Workers' recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Indigenous people of Australia. They acknowledge the historical disadvantage suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the implications of this for social work practice.

To understand the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males one has to accept and understand that the historical, cultural, physiological, psychosocial, economic, environmental and political context faced by males. The methodology needs to incorporate the specific cultural understandings and priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males. In-depth consultation and negotiation with the target communities ensured that their needs are understood.

Abstract adapted from author

Canuto K, Harfield S, Brown A, Wittert G (2015)

Strategies that target the utilization of primary health care services by Indigenous men in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America: a comprehensive systematic review protocol.

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports; 13(9): 95-111

McCabe MP, Mellor D, Ricciardelli LA, Mussap AJ, Hallford DJ (2015)

Ecological model of Australian Indigenous men’s health.

American Journal of Men's Health; Online before print(

Parnell D, Hylton K (2015)

The community network: an Aboriginal community football club bringing people together. Who or what is making the assists to score social goals?.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; Online early(

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2015)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook: celebrating and sharing good news stories: the Gascoyne edition.

6th ed. Perth: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

This is the sixth edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook, showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia (WA). The stories in this edition are from the Gascoyne region of WA, including Carnarvon and the Shark Bay area. This edition features stories about a men's group, youth services, an environmental health clean-up, dance and jewellery-making workshops, an eco-tourism initiative and a community group. It also includes memoirs from two local Elders about growing up in the area.

The purpose of the six storybooks in the series is to showcase community-based programs that could be replicated in other communities to improve or influence the social determinants of health. Many stories highlight that local solutions are often the most effective. The storybooks share both the successes and failures of the programs and embrace a holistic view of health.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Walker N, Stoneham M, Sullivan D, Davison E, Milner R (2015)

Injury prevention in Western Australia: a review of statewide activity for selected injury areas.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2014 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the fourtenth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 7 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse and illicit drug use.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Giallo R, D'Esposito F, Cooklin A, Christensen D, Nicholson JM (2014)

Factors associated with trajectories of psychological distress for Australian fathers across the early parenting period.

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; 49(12): 1961-1971

Sullivan CT, Gray MA, Williams GP, Green DJ, Hession CA (2014)

The use of real life activities in rehabilitation: the experience of young men with traumatic brain injuries from regional, rural and remote areas in Australia.

Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine; 46(5): 424-429

Tsey K, Chigeza P, Holden CA, Bulman J, Gruis H, Wenitong M (2014)

Evaluation of the pilot phase of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Module.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 20(1): 56-61


Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of the first findings from the 2012-13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey provides information on long-term health conditions, health risk factors, selected social and emotional wellbeing indicators, health measurements, and health related actions for Indigenous Australian peoples. Information is included on Indigenous peoples living in remote and non-remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Berry SL (2013)

Culture in treatment for Aboriginal Australian men in New South Wales residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) thesis, University of Wollongong: Wollongong

Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (2013)

QAIHC external report 2 : Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services Clinical Excellence (ACE program).

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council

Wallner F (2013)

Men's health roundup in the NT.

The Chronicle; 25(1): 9-11


Armstrong E, Hersh D, Hayward C, Fraser J, Brown M (2012)

Living with aphasia: three Indigenous Australian stories.

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; 14(3): 271-280

Australian Government (2012)

Australian Government response to the report of the Senate Select committee on men's health.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection: December quarter 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

The health of Australia's males: a focus on five population groups.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report examines the health of Australian males, in particular five population groups including men of different characteristics relating to: Indigenous status, remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage, region of birth, and age.

Detailed information is provided on the five population groups including:

  • demographic and socioeconomic characteristics
  • lifestyle factors
  • health status
  • health service use.

Some of the key findings in relation to Indigenous males were:

  • poorer health than overall population
  • lower life expectancy
  • higher rates of alcohol and other drug use
  • higher rates of chronic disease including diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of cancer
  • higher rates of other health conditions uncommon in the general population including acute rheumatic fever, scabies and trachoma
  • higher rates of hospitalisation.

This report is the second in a series about male health in Australia, the report was the first to be funded under the National male health policy launched in 2010. It recognises the distinct health needs of males and the concerns related to their biology and roles in society. These needs being illustrated by the different rates of injury, illness and mortality, attitudes towards health and risks, and the way each group uses health services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chick M (2012)

Men's health: slow down – assess the risks.

The Chronicle; 24(2): 9-10

Gale F, Bolzan N (2012)

Social resilience: challenging neo-colonial thinking and practices around ‘risk'.

Journal of Youth Studies; iFirst(

Retrieved 24 July 2012 from

Hallinan C, Judd B (2012)

Indigenous studies and race relations in Australian sports.

Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics; iFirst(Doi: 10.1080/17430437.2012.723350)

Retrieved 19 September 2012 from

McCoy BF (2012)

Bridging the Indigenous health divide: football and men engaging.

Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics; iFirst(Doi:10.1080/17430437.2012.723356)

Retrieved 19 September 2012 from

Ricciardelli LA, Mellor D, McCabe MP, Mussap AJ, Hallford DJ, Tyler M (2012)

Promoting fit bodies, healthy eating and physical activity among Indigenous Australian men: a study protocol.

BMC Public Health; 12: 28

Retrieved 11 January 2012 from

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing (2012)

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing annual report 2011-12.

Adelaide: South Australian Department for Health and Ageing

Sullivan KM (2012)

Motivating and maintaining desistance from crime: male Aboriginal serial offenders' experience of 'going good'.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Australian National University: Canberra

Taylor D, Nagle N, Ballantyne KN, van Oorschot RAH, Wilcox S, Henry J, Turakulov R, Mitchell RJ (2012)

An investigation of admixture in an Australian Aboriginal Y-chromosome STR database.

Forensic Science International: Genetics; 6(5): 532-538

Tighe J (2012)

Alive and kicking goals!: preliminary findings from a Kimberley suicide prevention program.

Advances in Mental Health; 10(3): 240 - 245


Adams M (2011)

The process of promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health.

Paper presented at the Australian Health Promotion Association 20th National Conference. 10-13 April 2011, Cairns

Arabena K (2011)

Acceptable loss: words that come with a health warning.

RACP News; 31(3): 1-2

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health of Australia's males.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Blanch FR (2011)

Young Nunga males at play and playing up: the look and the talk.

Discourse; 32(1): 99-112

Bulman J, Hayes R (2011)

Mibbinbah and spirit healing: fostering safe, friendly spaces for Indigenous males in Australia.

International Journal of Men's Health; 10(1): 6-25

Collins VR, McLachlan RI, Holden CA (2011)

Tackling inequities in men's health: a reflective lens on the National Male Health Policy: conference report.

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(2): 62-64

Wombidgee (2011)

Inceptions Strategies

This comic aims to reduce alcohol use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men living in Carnarvon, Western Australia.

The Department of Health and Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation engaged Inception Strategies to develop this comic book.

Abstract adapted from Inception Strategies

Isaacs AN, Pepper H, Pyett P, Gruis H, Waples-Crowe P, Oakley-Browne M (2011)

'What you do is important but how you do it is more important': engaging Indigenous men in rural mental health services research.

Qualitative Research Journal; 11(1): 51-61

Wenitong M, David B (2011)

Providers, protectors, warriors.

O&G Magazine; 13(3): 44-46


Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Deaths, Australia, 2009.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

A snapshot of men's health in regional and remote Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Medical Association (2010)

Improving the health of Indigenous males: longer lives and a better quality of life: media release.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(1): 11

Baade PD, Aitken JF, Ferguson M, Gardiner RA, Chambers SK (2010)

Diagnostic and treatment pathways for men with prostate cancer in Queensland: investigating spatial and demographic inequalities.

BMC Cancer; 10: 452

Retrieved 23 August 2010 from

Fletcher R (2010)

Young Aboriginal fathers project: research report.

Newcastle, NSW: Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle

Hammond C (2010)

Making positive resources to engage Aboriginal men/fathers.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(5): 23-25

Hodge AM, Maple-Brown L, Cunningham J, Boyle J, Dunbar T, Weeramanthri T, Shaw J, O'Dea K (2010)

Abdominal obesity and other risk factors largely explain the high CRP in Indigenous Australians relative to the general population, but not gender differences: a cross-sectional study.

BMC Public Health; 10: 700

Retrieved from

Kwan K, Mak D, Giele C, Bastian L, Bevan J, Greville H, Lilley G (2010)

The epidemiology of notifiable sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses in Western Australia 2008.

Perth, WA: Public Health, Western Australia

McCalman J, Tsey K, Wenitong M, Wilson A, McEwan A, James YC, Whiteside M (2010)

Indigenous men's support groups and social and emotional wellbeing: a meta-synthesis of the evidence.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 16(2): 159-166

Stuart G, Hammond C (2010)

Brothers inside: reflections on fathering workshops with Indigenous prisoners.

Newcastle, NSW: Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle

Thackrah R, Scott K, Winch J, eds. (2010)

Indigenous Australian health and cultures : an introduction for health professionals.

Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Australia

This edited volume has been written by a diverse group of health professionals, the majority of whom are Indigenous Australians. A life cycle approach has been adopted, with chapters focusing on pregnancy and birthing through to the care and responsibilities of the elderly. These are bookended by the first chapter on 'Culture, history and health' which contextualises the subsequent content and the final chapter on future directions following the National apology.

The book includes the following chapters:

  • 'Culture, history and health' by Sherry Saggers, Maggie Walter, Dennis Gray
  • 'New life: conception, pregnancy and birthing' by Terry Dunbar and Linda Ford
  • 'Aboriginal infants and young children: the challenges ahead' by Heather D'Antoine and Dawn Bessarab
  • 'Aboriginal youth: challenges, strengths and opportunities' by David Vicary and Tine Hoult
  • 'The health, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal women' by Pat Dudgeon and Roz Walker
  • 'Lives of Indigenous Australian men' by Mick Adams and Brian McCoy
  • 'The elderly: care and responsibilities' by Sandra Thompson, Rosemary van den Berg and Kate Smith
  • 'Loss, grief, bad luck and sorry business' by Jane Ulrik, Denise Foster and Vanessa Davis
  • 'The National apology: a new pathway forward?' By Shaun Ewen and Brian McCoy

Pearson Australia abstract

Thomson N, Midford R, Debuyst O, MacRae A (2010)

Review of Indigenous male health.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Tilbrook E, Allan A, Dear G (2010)

Intimate partner abuse of men.

Perth, WA: Men's Advisory Network

Last updated: 16 December 2015
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