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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with the health of Western Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2015

Carty J, ed. (2015)

Patrick Tjungurrayi: beyond borders.

Perth, WA: UWA Publishing

This book tells Patrick Tjungurrayi's story and how he has used his art to raise awareness of a major renal health crisis facing Aboriginal people across Australia. As a dialysis patient himself, Patrick's story illuminates the innovative and effective response to this crisis being driven by an extraordinary Indigenous organisation, The Purple House-Western Desert Dialysis.

Abstract adapted from UWA Publishing

Amnesty International Australia (2015)

A brighter tomorrow: keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia.

Sydney: Amnesty International Australia

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Admitted patient care 2013–14: Australian hospital statistics.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents estimates of fatal burden for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for 2010 produced as part of the Indigenous component of the Australian burden of disease study.

Fatal burden is measured in years of life lost, which is the sum of the number of years of life lost due to premature death from disease and injury. Fatal burden estimates presented in this report are described for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population for broad disease groups, by age and sex. Estimates of the 'gap' in fatal burden between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are also reported, together with selected sub-national estimates (selected states and territories, remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage).

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare will release a more comprehensive report on the burden of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2016. It will update and extend this report with 2011 estimates of fatal and non-fatal burden for more specific causes, as well as the burden attributable to selected risk factors.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Perinatal data.

Retrieved 17 June 2015 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/perinatal-data/

Bracknell C (2015)

Kooral Dwonk-katitjiny (listening to the past): Aboriginal language, songs and history in south-western Australia.

Aboriginal History; 38(2014): 1-18

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

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2015)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a review of interventions for prevention and management in Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report defines Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and provides currently available estimates of its prevalence in the overall Australian population and in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

This resource reviews the Australian and international literature published since 1990 on the effectiveness of programs that aim to prevent FASD or to alleviate its effects. Evidence on the effectiveness of Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific programs is also assessed, including those programs that have been developed and implemented in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Ferguson B (2015)

Three weeks in the desert: engaging with Indigenous communities.

SVA Consulting Quarterly; (11): 1-6

Gibson C, Butler C, Henaway C, Dudgeon P, Curtin M (2015)

Indigenous peoples and human rights: some considerations for the occupational therapy profession in Australia.

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; 62(3): 214–218

Laslett AM, Mugavin J, Jiang H, Manton E, Callinan S, MacLean S, Room R (2015)

The hidden harm: alcohol’s impact on children and families.

Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Nilson C, Kearing-Salmon KA, Morrison P, Fetherston C (2015)

An ethnographic action research study to investigate the experiences of Bindjareb women participating in the cooking and nutrition component of an Aboriginal health promotion programme in regional Western Australia.

Public Health Nutrition; FirstView(http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9669086&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1368980015000816):

Office of the Auditor General Western Australia (2015)

Delivering essential services to remote Aboriginal communities.

Perth: Office of the Auditor General Western Australia

This report provides an assessment of how well the Western Australian (WA) Department of Housing delivers power, water and waste-water repair and maintenance services to selected remote Aboriginal communities through the Remote area essential services program.

It focused on the level and quality of these services provided to eligible remote communities in WA, and how the Department of Housing managed their delivery, and its coordination with other agencies. As part of the audit 27 remote communities were visited.

The scope of the audit did not include the provision of all services to all remote communities or their sustainability.

Abstract adapted from Office of the Auditor General Western Australia

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

Smith AJ, MacWilliam S (2015)

Agrarian change and the initial development of an Aboriginal bourgeoisie in Australia.

Journal of Agrarian Change; 15(1): 1–16

Srikartika VM, O'Leary CM (2015)

Pregnancy outcomes of mothers with an alcohol-related diagnosis: a population-based cohort study for the period 1983-2007.

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology; 122(6): 795-804

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2015)

Report on government services 2015: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This compendium of Indigenous data, now in its thirteenth edition, is drawn from information contained in the Report on Government Services 2015.

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from the 2015 report. Service areas covered by the 2015 report include:

  • child care, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which the objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each service stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Willix C, Rasmussen S, Evans S, Walshe V (2015)

A comparison of vitamin D levels in two antenatal populations in regional Western Australia: 'Tjindoo Ba Thonee Thurra': sunshine for the pregnant belly.

Australian Family Physician; 44(3): 141-144

You J, Condon JR, Zhao Y, Guthridge SL (2015)

Stroke incidence and case-fatality among Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in the Northern Territory of Australia, 1999-2011 Bulletin 04/02/2015 AC.

International Journal of Stroke; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijs.12429):

2014

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014)

Deaths, Australia, 2013.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2012 - 13.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australian hospital statistics 2013-14: elective surgery waiting times.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australian hospital statistics 2013-14: emergency department care.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Health indicators for remote service delivery communities: a summary report 2003–2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Behrendt L(ed) (2014)

Journal of Indigenous Policy: What works - and why the budget measures don't.

Journal of Indigenous Policy; (16):

Brett T, Arnold-Reed DE, Troeung L, Bulsara MK, Williams A, Moorhead RG (2014)

Multimorbidity in a marginalised, street-health Australian population: a retrospective cohort study.

BMJ Open; 4(8): e005461

Retrieved 19 August 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005461

Byrne M, Anderson K (2014)

School Breakfast Program evaluation reports.

Perth, WA: Foodbank Perth

Codding B, Bird R, Kauhanen P, Bird D (2014)

Conservation or co-evolution? Intermediate levels of Aboriginal burning and hunting have positive effects on Kangaroo populations in Western Australia.

Human Ecology; 42(5): 659-669

Dudgeon P, Walker R (2014)

Suicide trends in WA an urgent call to action.

Perth: Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Guilfoyle A, Botsis S (2014)

Indigenous Parenting Support in the Dampier Peninsula: July - December 2013 participatory action research evaluation report.

Perth: Edith Cowan University

Hayes L, D’Antoine H, Carter M (2014)

Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Aboriginal communities.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd ed. Perth: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia: 355-371

Hoareau J (2014)

Knowledge Centre web resource providing information support to Aboriginal AOD workers and communities.

The Chronicle; 26(3): 32-33

This article outlines how The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and other Drugs Knowledge Centre website brings together information and resources to provide practical support to Aboriginal Alcohol and other Drug Workers and others working to reduce harms from substance use in Aboriginal communities. It describes various new additions to the website including:

  • tips for workers on reducing risk of burnout
  • development of the community portal
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hofer A, Parker J, Atkinson D, Moore S, Reeve C, Mak DB (2014)

Prevocational exposure to public health in the Kimberley: a pathway to rural, remote and public health practice.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(2): 75-79

Hofer A, Woodland S, Reeve C (2014)

Mortality due to rheumatic heart disease in the Kimberley 2001–2010.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 139–141

Hutchinson M, Joyce A (2014)

Western Australia’s mothers and babies, 2011: twenty-ninth annual report of the Western Australian midwives’ notification system.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

Iversen J, Chow S, Maher L (2014)

Australian NSP Survey National Data Report 2009-2013: prevalence of HIV, HCV and injecting and sexual behaviour among NSP attendees.

Sydney: Kirby Institute

Kirke AB, Evans SF, Walters BNJ (2014)

Gestational diabetes in a rural, regional centre in south Western Australia: predictors of risk.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2667

Retrieved 29 August 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2667

Mc Loughlin F, Hadgraft NT, Atkinson D, Marley JV (2014)

Aboriginal health research in the remote Kimberley: an exploration of perceptions, attitudes and concerns of stakeholders.

BMC Health Services Research; 14: 517

Retrieved 26 October 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-014-0517-1

Office of the Auditor General Western Australia (2014)

The implementation and initial outcomes of the Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Perth: Office of the Auditor General Western Australia

Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2014)

Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria: final report: volume 1.

Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria

Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2014)

Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria: final report: volume 2.

Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2014)

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

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

This is the fifth edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook, showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia (WA). These stories are from the Kimberley region of WA. This edition features stories that describe eco-tourism and cultural tours, media facilities, environmental stewardship, healthy communities and social programs. The storybook aims to:

  • Provide skills to Indigenous professionals across WA through the facilitation of writing workshops and by providing the opportunity to match Indigenous storytellers with local mentors who can provide further guidance in writing individual stories.
  • Embrace a holistic view of health. Stories are drawn from the health sector but also from many sectors outside of health - such as education, employment, housing, environment, transport, animal management, sport and recreation, alcohol and drugs and many others.
  • Showcase community based programs that could be replicated in other communities to improve or influence the many social determinants of health. Many stories highlight that local solutions are often the most effective.

The book features 14 stories, all of which focus on individuals or programs. They outline how these people and projects are making a difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people in Indigenous communities.

Abstract adapted from Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Regina Hill Effective Consulting (2014)

Animal Management Worker Program evaluation.

Darwin: Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

Selvey LA, Johansen CA, Broom AK, Antão C, Lindsay MD, Mackenzie JS, Smith DW (2014)

Rainfall and sentinel chicken seroconversions predict human cases of Murray Valley encephalitis in the north of Western Australia.

BMC Infectious Diseases; 14: 672

Retrieved 10 December 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-014-0672-3

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the sixth report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Stoneham MJ, Goodman J, Daube M (2014)

The portrayal of Indigenous health in selected Australian media.

The International Indigenous Policy Journal; 5(1): 5

Retrieved January 2014 from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol5/iss1/5

The Lowitja Institute (2014)

Recommendations for a national CQI framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: final report.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

This report provides advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health about the relevance and potential shape of a national framework for continuous quality improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (PHC).

Consultations carried out in this project showed that the timely development of a national CQI framework for improved PHC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was widely supported by all stakeholder groups.

They also showed that, based on Australian and international evidence, such a framework could be useful in supporting efficiency and continued development of CQI efforts in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PHC.

The report identifies key principles that should underpin the development of a national CQI framework in this area, components that might be included, and recommendations about time frames, resourcing and stakeholder engagement likely to lead to improved quality of care and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Lowitja Institute abstract

Walker BF, Stomski NJ, Price A, Jackson-Barrett E (2014)

Perspectives of Indigenous people in the Pilbara about the delivery of healthcare services.

Australian Health Review; 38(1): 93-98

Western Australian Environmental Health Directorate (2014)

Environmental Health Directorate year book: July 2013 to June 2014.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

2013

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/docs/wa-overview-2013.pdf

This report provides comprehensive information specific to Western Australia (WA) 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 WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA 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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bird D, Govan J, Murphy H, Harwood S, Haynes K, Carson D, Russell S, King D, Wensing E, Tsakissiris N, Larkin S (2013)

Future change in ancient worlds: Indigenous adaptation in northern Australia: final report.

Brisbane: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Catto M (2013)

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops summary evaluation report.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Ellis I, Deacon-Crouch M, Bhana A, Longley K, Voon N, Skinner T (2013)

Reporting of non-prescribed medication usage in remote Australia: health-seeking habits in Port Headland.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 21(6): 350 - 351

Gee V (2013)

Perinatal, infant and maternal mortality in Western Australia, 2006-2010.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

Katzenellenbogen JM, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MS, Knuiman MW, Bessarab D, Durey A, Thompson SC (2013)

Voting with their feet - predictors of discharge against medical advice in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ischaemic heart disease inpatients in Western Australia: an analytic study using data linkage.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 330

Retrieved 20 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-330

KPMG Australia (2013)

Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report.

Perth, WA: EON Foundation

The Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report aims to provide an assessment of the process and outcomes of the four EON Foundation programs ran in the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadian, Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Yungngora, Looma and Kadjina. The report aims to demonstrate the benefits of the program to the EON board and future funders, and reflect on lessons learnt.

The Thriving Communities program consists of four components that are designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease:

  • EON Edible gardens
  • EON Healthy eating
  • EON Training and education
  • EON Healthy homes.

The findings of the evaluation conclude that whilst program outcomes are hard to measure, a community development approach that values long term engagement is the method most likely to be effective in tackling chronic disease.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lee-Hammond L (2013)

Integrated services for Aboriginal children and families.

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood; 38(1): 55-64

McGuire V, Boladeras J, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Narrogin.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Moorcroft H (2013)

Wunambal Gaambera healthy country plan.

Kalumburu, WA: Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation and Bush Heritage Australia

Munns A, Shields L (2013)

Indigenous families' use of a tertiary children's hospital in Australia.

Nursing Children and Young People; 25(7): 16-23

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2013)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories : the Mid-West / Pilbara edition.

3rd ed. Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia's third edition of the WA Indigenous storybook has compiled a collection of positive stories that celebrate the achievements of Indigenous people in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA). The 13 diverse stories in the third edition highlight and address issues affecting Indigenous people and communities across the two regions and discuss topics about leadership, environmental health, community gardens and employment, the importance of language and personal journeys.

Abstract adapted from the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2013)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories: the Goldfields / Esperance and Great Southern edition.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

This is the fourth edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook, showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia. These stories are from the Goldfields/Esperance and South West regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements.

The book features 13 stories, including three from the remote Ngaanyatjarra Lands, all of which focus on individuals or programs and projects run throughout WA. The stories outline how these people and projects are making a difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people in Indigenous communities.

The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Indigenous programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ryder A, Blurton D, Hansen C, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Perth.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Shahid S, Bessarab D, van Schaik KD, Aoun S, Thompson SC (2013)

Improving palliative care outcomes for Aboriginal Australians: service providers' perspectives.

BMC Palliative Care; 12: 26

Retrieved 23 July 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-684X-12-26

Tjalaminu M, Miller D, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Northam/Toodyay.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Tomlin S, Joyce S (2013)

Health and wellbeing of adults in Western Australia 2012, overview and trends.

Perth: Western Australia Department of Health

Walker BF, Stomski NJ, Price AE, Jackson-Barrett E (2013)

Health professionals' views on Indigenous health and the delivery of healthcare services in the Pilbara.

Australian Health Review; 37(4): 431-436

Wilson M (2013)

Drinking in the suburbs: the experiences of Aboriginal young people.

Perth, WA: National Drug Research Institute

This project focused on the experiences of Aboriginal young people with and around alcohol in the south and south-east metropolitan area of Perth. The purpose of the study was to provide a comprehensive picture of this group's experiences in order for services to better target future health promotion for Aboriginal young people. Young people were asked about their: level of alcohol consumption; experience of alcohol-related harms; contexts of drinking; knowledge of health effects; memory of health promotion messages; and ideas for effective health promotion.

Findings indicate that many of the young people are consuming alcohol from an early age and at levels exceeding recommended guidelines for long-term harm. The majority had found themselves in trouble with authority and a third had been in detention, primarily related to alcohol. The young people showed low knowledge of chronic health effects associated with alcohol and little memory of existing health promotion campaigns.

The results of this study highlight the need for a youth-friendly approach to health promotion, specifically designed for, conducted by and in consultation with young Aboriginal people.

Abstract adapted from National Drug Research Institute

2012

Chandler MJ (2012)

How cultural continuity reduces suicide risk in Indigenous communities.

: University of Western Australia

Daly J, Sinclair C, Stokes A (2012)

Scenarios of inequity, South Africa's Limpopo and the Australian Western Desert.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(6): 521

Jackson S, Finn M, Featherston P (2012)

Aquatic resource use by Indigenous Australians in two tropical river catchments: the Fitzroy River and Daly River.

Human Ecology; 40(6): 893-908

Katzenellenbogen J, Sanfilippo F, Briffa T, Hobbs M, Knuiman M, Dimer L, Taylor K, Thompson S (2012)

Factors associated with discharge against medical advice within year of first-ever IHD hospital admissions in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 21(10): 658

Lawrence D, Christensen D, Mitrou F, Draper G, Davis G, McKeown S, McAullay, Pearson G, Zubrick SR (2012)

Adjusting for under-identification of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander births in time series produced from birth records: using record linkage of survey data and administrative data sources.

BMC Medical Research Methodology; 12: 90

Retrieved 2 July 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-12-90

Memmott P, Birdsall-Jones C, Greenop K (2012)

Australian Indigenous house crowding.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Nikoloski ML (2012)

Starting from within : an investigation into the cultural competence of non-Aboriginal counsellors working with Aboriginal people in Perth, Western Australia.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Curtin University: Perth

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2012)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories : the Perth and Peel Regions edition.

2nd ed. Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

The West Australian Indigenous storybook: celebrating and sharing good news stories: the Perth and Peel Regions edition celebrates the achievement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organisations across the state of Western Australia (WA) in contributing to the health and social wellbeing of Indigenous people.

This edition of the storybook - the second in a series produced by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA - focuses on the Perth and Peel regions of WA, and contains 13 stories. The stories showcase programs and initiatives over a range of social, economic, health and environmental health areas that aim to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Indigenous people.

Abstract adapted from the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

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

Thompson SC, Woods JA, Katzenellenbogen JM (2012)

The quality of Indigenous identification in administrative health data in Australia: insights from studies using data linkage.

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making; 12: 133

Retrieved 16 November 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-12-133

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Tomlin S, Joyce S, Patterson C (2012)

Health and wellbeing of adults in Western Australia 2011, overview and trends.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

Walker BF, Price A, Jackson-Barrett E, Stomski NJ (2012)

A health and education needs analysis of Gumala Aboriginal Corporation members.

Perth: Murdoch University

Western Australian Department of Health (2012)

Western Australian Department of Health annual report 2011-12.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

Yu P (2012)

The power of data in Aboriginal hands.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

2011

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report: Western Australia.

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 Western Australia. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Education and Health Standing Committee (2011)

Alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley: a 'window of opportunity' for improved health, education, housing and employment.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

Madin S (2011)

Dealing with disease in the desert: a new approach.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

Martyr P (2011)

‘Behaving wildly': diagnoses of lunacy among Indigenous persons in Western Australia, 1870–1914.

Social History of Medicine; 24(2): 316-333

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2011)

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

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

The West Australian Indigenous storybook (The storybook) is the first in a series of Indigenous storybooks showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia. The stories are from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements. The intention of each program was to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Indigenous people.

The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Indigenous programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.

The storybook covers a range of programs including:

  • healthy lifestyle initiatives
  • community awareness programs relating to suicide and good parenting
  • local government environmental health and health projects
  • effective partnerships
  • social benefit programs.

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Western Australian Department of Planning (2011)

State planning policy 3.2 Aboriginal settlements.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Planning

This Western Australian (WA) state planning policy applies to the planning and development of Aboriginal settlements throughout WA. The policy requires that all Aboriginal settlements in WA have an endorsed Layout Plan. Each Plan must be developed in consultation with, and endorsed by, the resident community. Each plan must include a drinking water source protection plan.

This policy is informed by the recommendations of the 1991 Royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody. The Royal commission, among other things, looked at the relationship between poor living conditions in remote settlements and compromised life chances for Indigenous Australians. One of the recommendations of the Royal commission was that 'the provision of housing and infrastructure to Aboriginal people in remote and discrete communities, including the design and location of houses, take account of their cultural perceptions of the use of living space, and that budgetary allocations include provision for appropriate architectural and town planning advice to, and consultation with, the serviced community.''

This policy was gazetted in 2011 and supersedes the 2000 iteration. The policy is made under the WA Planning and Development Act 2005. State agencies and local government in WA need to take into account this policy to ensure integrated decision-making in planning for Aboriginal settlements.

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2010

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Causes of death Australia, 2008.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Oct 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:

  • The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
  • The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
  • Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
  • Socio-economic outcomes continute to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
  • More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
  • The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Year book, Australia, 2009-10.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Australia's health 2010: the twelfth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2010 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the twelfth 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 5.1 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, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2006-07: an analysis by remoteness and disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Birdsall-Jones C, Corunna V, Turner N, Smart G, Shaw W (2010)

Indigenous homelessness [bulletin].

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

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
    • burns
    • 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
    • diabetes
    • heart failure
  • sexual health
    • HIV/AIDS
    • sexually transmitted infections in men
  • general topics
    • eye problems
    • rheumatic fever and heart disease
    • hepatitis.

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

COAG Reform Council (2010)

COAG reform agenda: report on progress 2010.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

Hocking S, Draper G, Somerford P, XiaoJ, Weeramanthri T (2010)

The Western Australian Chief Health Officer's report 2010.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Medicare Australia (2010)

Medicare Australia annual report 2009-2010.

Canberra: Medicare Australia

Morphy F (2010)

Population, people and place: The Fitzroy Valley population project.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This project was undertaken to provide an accurate and complete population count with particular reference to the Fitzroy Valley, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Extracting accurate data that refers specifically to the Fitzroy Valley population has been problematic, and this project aimed to establish a baseline population for the Fitzroy Valley according to its own definition, as the boundaries do not coincide with local government or census geography. Additionally, the project aimed to identify and describe the dynamic of the settlement patterns in the Valley that are culturally specific to that population group. The results should be seen as a baseline planning tool, the basis for more detailed research projects and to make visible the social relationships driving settlement of peoples in the Fitzroy Valley.

The project identified a number of characteristics of households and communities, such as: people that live in the same dwelling will nearly always be related to each other; the size and make-up of the household is likely to change frequently over time; and these same characteristics can be true for much smaller communities, too.

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O'Donoghue K, Davies C, Balson T (2010)

Foodbank WA – School Breakfast Program Research final report.

Perth, WA: Foodbank Perth

O’Connor MH, Prober SM (2010)

A calendar of Ngadju seasonal knowledge: a report to the Ngadju people.

Perth, WA: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Sustainable Ecosystems, Floreat, WA

Purdy JM (2010)

Just one damn thing after another : colonialism, economics, the law and resistance in Western Australia.

Tönning, Germany: Der Andere Verlag

Sarah J, Alison D (2010)

Health and wellbeing of adults in Western Australia 2009, overview of results.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Western Australian Council of Social Service (2010)

Indigenous people – WACOSS 2011-12 issues paper Oct 2010.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Council of Social Service

Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Closing the gap in Indigenous life outcomes, Western Australia.

Perth, WA: Department of Indigenous Affairs, Western Australia

2009

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

Causes of death Australia, 2007.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

National Health Survey: summary of results, 2007-2008 (reissue).

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement Canberra 2006.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report gives an overview of the second meeting of the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement in 2006. The Group includes people from Indigenous organisations, national statistical agencies, departments of health, and research institutions from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, who are committed to ensuring the highest quality collection, dissemination, and use of data related to Indigenous health. Meeting proceedings and a summary are included with information on data collection processes and quality issues. Details are provided about the identification of Indigenous people/ households in the Census, vital statistics data (births and deaths), administrative data, health surveillance measures, and health related surveys. The report highlights the necessity of collecting high-quality data of relevance to policy organisations and Indigenous people for reducing the health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the four countries.

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Bessarab D, Solonec C, Gibbs T, Lehmann D, Wright M (2009)

Not just scholars but leaders: learning circles in Indigenous health research. An indigenous capacity building grant community report.

Perth, WA: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

Bradshaw PJ, Alfonso HS, Finn J, Owen J, Thompson PL (2009)

Measuring the gap: accuracy of the Western Australian hospital morbidity data in the identification of adult urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 33(3): 276-279

Calma T (2009)

Close the gap campaign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality by 2030: a community guide.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

Curnow J, Joudo Larsen J (2009)

Deaths in custody in Australia: National Deaths in Custody Program 2007.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology

Draper GK, Somerford PJ, Pilkington AS, Thompson SC (2009)

What is the impact of missing Indigenous status on mortality estimates? An assessment using record linkage in Western Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 33(4): 325-31

Small Candle Consulting (2009)

Indigenous sport program evaluation report.

Perth, WA: Department of Sport and Recreation, Western Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2009)

Report on Government services 2009: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Indigenous data from the Report of Government services 2009 are compiled in this compendium to provide a focus on the purchase and supply of services. In this edition, government services are divided into the following categories: early childhood, education and training, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing. For each category a framework of performance indicators highlights the level of objectives attained regarding the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of services. The interpretation of the data enable comparisons of Commonwealth and State Government services, including intra-government services.

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Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Department of Indigenous Affairs annual report 2008/09.

Perth, WA: Government of Western Australia

 
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