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Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet

This is the sixth report against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The HPF monitors progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, health system performance and the broader determinants of health. This report includes updates for all administrative data collections and also the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey results for 2014-15. The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is improving for a number of measures, although there remain many areas where further concerted effort will be needed to achieve improvements in health outcomes. Data quality limitations and the small size of many estimates affect the ability to effectively monitor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the performance of the health system.

The 2017 HPF report is supported by detailed analyses including dynamic data displays with interactive charts and online tables published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council

Bar Zeev Y, Bonevski B, Twyman L, Watt K, Atkins L, Palazzi K, Oldmeadow C, Gould GS (2017)

Opportunities missed: a cross-sectional survey of the provision of smoking cessation care to pregnant women by Australian general practitioners and obstetricians.

; 19(5): 636-641

Bell S, Aggleton P, Ward J, Maher L (2017)

Sexual agency, risk and vulnerability: a scoping review of young Indigenous Australians' sexual health.

Journal of Youth Studies; Latest articles(

Menzies School of Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2017)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Health Promotion Resources Package [infographic].

Brisbane: Menzies School of Health Research

This infographic describes the Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention and health promotion resources package. The package is designed to equip Australian health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to develop, implement and evaluate community-driven solutions to reduce alcohol consumption, tobacco smoking and substance misuse during pregnancy, and to cut down on the number of unplanned pregnancies in communities. The package is due to be released soon.

Abstract adapted from authors


Belton S, Sherwood J, Peek MJ, Vaughan G, Sullivan EA (2016)

Yarning about 'that heart problem': RHD in pregnancy.

O&G Magazine; 18(4): 65-67

Gibson-Helm M, Bailie J, Matthews V, Laycock A, Boyle J, Bailie R (2016)

Priority evidence-practice gaps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal health care: final report. Engaging stakeholders in identifying priority evidence-practice gaps and strategies for improvement in primary health care (ESP project).

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

This report presents the findings from each of the three phases of the Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps and Strategies for Improvement in Primary Health Care (ESP) Project for maternal health care.

The report presents findings for all participating health centres from all jurisdictions together. It collates analysis of aggregated continuous quality improvement (CQI) data and stakeholder views on:

  • priority evidence-practice gaps
  • barriers and enablers to addressing the priority evidence-practice gaps
  • strategies for improvement.

The report is for people with an interest in interpreting and using aggregated CQI data to drive decision making, including national and jurisdictional policy makers, managers, community controlled organisations and government health authorities, peak bodies, clinical leaders, researchers, primary health care staff and CQI practitioners.

The report includes key messages, an executive summary, appendices and a data supplement, which contains the detailed analysis for the first two phases of the project.

Abstract adapted from authors

Griffiths EK, Marley JV, Friello D, Atkinson DN (2016)

Uptake of long-acting, reversible contraception in three remote Aboriginal communities: a population-based study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 205(1): 21-25

Russell L (2016)

2016‐17 Budget: Indigenous affairs.

Sydney: Menzies Centre for Health Policy

This report provides an analysis of the Indigenous provisions in the 2016-17 federal budget. It considers current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding, and is supported, where possible, by data and information drawn from government agencies, reports and published papers. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

Abstract from author

Telethon Kids Institute (2016)

3M FASD prevention strategy: marulu, mass media and midwives.

Perth, WA: Telethon Kids Institute


Mutch R, Watkins R, Jones H, Bower C (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: knowledge, attitudes and practice within the Western Australian justice system.

Perth, WA: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

Last updated: 8 March 2018
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