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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications addressing HIV/AIDS among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2014

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013.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

Cunningham T (2014)

HIV, hepatitis viruses and viral STIs: intertwined fates?.

Microbiology Australia; 35(2): 83-87

McGarurr L (2014)

Young Australians and Sexual Health: face the facts.

Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies; 1(2): 1-27

Mitchell K, Aboagye-Sarfo P, Mak D, Giele C, Minas B (2014)

The epidemiology of notifiable sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses in Western Australia 2012.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

Ward J, Bryant J, Wand H, Pitts M, Smith A, Delaney-Thiele D, Worth H, Kaldor J (2014)

Sexual health and relationships in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: results of the first Australian study of knowledge, risk practices and health service access for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: the Goanna Survey.

Alice Springs: Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

This survey is the first national survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) undertaken in Australia.

The survey involved collection of data comprising four areas:

  • demographics
  • knowledge of STIs and BBVs
  • risk behaviours, and
  • use of and access to health services.

Just under 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-29 were surveyed in every Australian jurisdiction. The project was initiated in 2010, and data collection occurred during 2011-2013.

The survey was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with contributions from state and territory health departments, and was coordinated by peak Aboriginal health organisations in each jurisdiction.

Abstract adapted from Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

Ward J, Costello-Czok M, Willis J, Saunders M, Shannon C (2014)

So far, so good: maintenance of prevention is required to stem HIV incidence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

AIDS Education and Prevention; 26(3): 267-279

Whittaker B (2014)

Transforming Australia’s HIV prevention and treatment efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation: the United Nations political declaration on HIV/AIDS and the Melbourne declaration ‘action on HIV’.

Sexual Health; 11(2): 101-106

2013

Ngarra 2013 booklet (2013)

Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Demonstration projects for improving sexual health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth: evaluation report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This evaluation reports on the efficacy of six projects in improving the sexual health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Specifically the projects sought to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people accessing testing and treatment services for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and bloodborne viruses (BBVs), reduce risk behaviours, and contribute to best practice. Over a three year period, six-monthly data (quantitative and qualitative) was collected on a range of indicators, which were used to assess the effectiveness of the projects. The evaluation findings report on three areas: governance and management; risk reduction; and services. The evaluation also identified the key features of a successful sexual health project, and of equal importance, acknowledges the lessons learned.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Herrmann S, McKinnon E, Hyland NB, Lalanne C, Mallal S, Nolan D, Chassany O, Duracinsky M (2013)

HIV-related stigma and physical symptoms have a persistent influence on health-related quality of life in Australians with HIV infection.

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes; 11: 56

Retrieved 8 April 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1477-7525-11-56

Lea T, Holt M (2013)

HIV risk practices among Indigenous Australian and Anglo-Australian gay and bisexual men.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 35 - 36

Lyne K, Downing S, Russell D (2013)

Diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection among HIV-infected clients in Far North Queensland: use of an interferon-gamma release assay.

Sexual Health; 10(4): 389-390

Pala M (2013)

Nothing about us without us! HIV and Indigenous peoples.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 57-59

Paquette D, McEwan M, Bryant J (2013)

Risk practices among Aboriginal people who inject drugs in New South Wales, Australia.

AIDS and Behavior; 17(7): 2467-2473

Roberts A (2013)

Mind the gap: addressing HIV and STIs among young people in rural and regional areas.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 49-50

Rodgers M (2013)

Connecting with youth: how arts-based health campaigns are engaging young Aboriginal people in NSW.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 46-48

Scott M (2013)

Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men and sistergirl sexual health in Queensland: the 2 Spirits program.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 20-23

Shipp M, Wilkes E, Kaldor K, Gray D (2013)

Celebrating strength: the role of resilience in responding to blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections among Indigenous communities.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 27-29

The Kirby Institute (2013)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

Ward J, Bryant J, Worth H, Kaldor J, Delaney-Thiele D, Pitts M, Kelaart D, Moore E, Cairnduff S, Williams S, Waples-Crowe P, Byron K, Bamblett A, Betts S, Coburn T (2013)

What's happening for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to health service access, risk behaviours and knowledge of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses: findings from the GOANNA study.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 4-6

Ward J, Bryant J, Worth H, Hull P, Solar S, Bailey S (2013)

Use of health services for sexually transmitted and blood-borne viral infections by young Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 19(1): 81-86

Ward J, Natoli L, Causer L, Kaldor J, Guy R (2013)

What is the role of HIV and STI point-of-care tests in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?.

HIV Australia; 11(3): 51-54

2012

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (2012)

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations annual report 2011-2012.

Sydney: Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

de Wit J, Holt M, Treloar C(Eds) (2012)

HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: annual report of trends in behaviour 2012.

Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales

Kwan KSH, Giele CM, Combs B, Mak DB (2012)

Improvement in antenatal testing for sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses in Western Australian hospitals, 2007 to 2010.

Sexual Health; 9(4): 349-354

Strobel NA, Ward J (2012)

Education programs for Indigenous Australians about sexually transmitted infections and bloodborne viruses.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report investigates the efficacy of sexual health education in improving knowledge about sexually transmissible infections and bloodborne viruses among young Indigenous Australians, and whether this leads to attitude and behaviour changes. Categorising education programs in terms of community-based, combined clinical and behavioural, and school-based, the report describes a range of initiatives that have been developed to raise awareness about sexual health among young Indigenous people, and influence behaviour. The report also explores the barriers and facilitators to the successful implementation and maintenance of sexual health programs, such as having an appropriately trained and well-resourced workforce, and ensuring young people have access to health hardware (e.g., condoms).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Kirby Institute (2012)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

The Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health program was established at the Kirby Institute in 2007, with an aim to close the gap in the health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The key focus of the Institute's work is sexual health and blood borne viruses, working in collaboration with other key health sectors involved in substance use, offender health, and social and emotional wellbeing research.

This report outlines a number of projects being conducted by the Kirby Institute across Australia. Information for each project includes:

  • description of the project
  • Aboriginal community involvement
  • expected benefits to the community
  • investigators
  • collaborating organisations
  • funding body
  • contacts.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Thomas SL, Kalsi H, Graham S (2012)

Sexually transmissible infections and bloodborne viruses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 92

Ward J, Guy R, Huang R, Knox J, Couzos S, Scrimgeour D, Moore L, Leahy T, Hunt J, Donovan B, Kaldor JM (2012)

Rapid point-of-care tests for HIV and sexually transmissible infection control in remote Australia: can they improve Aboriginal people's and Torres Strait Islanders' health?.

Sexual Health; 9(2): 109-112

Watson PB (2012)

HIV vulnerability among Indigenous Australians and the position of Indigenous women in HIV prevention strategies.

Master of Education thesis, Murdoch University: Perth

2011

Ngarra 2011 booklet (2011)

Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

This resource showcases the sexual health initiatives taking place across Australia which have been specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It highlights the work of both individuals and organisations who focus on the sexual and reproductive health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population groups. The resource is produced by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) in collaboration with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This national statistical publication reports on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12-24 years of age. This reporting is vital for the development of evidence-based youth policies. Part VII provides an overview of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and looks at key issues including:

  • health status
  • determinants of health
  • families and communities
  • socioeconomic factors
  • housing
  • health system performance.

The report also highlights areas where work is still needed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

de Wit J, Holt M, Hopwood M, Treloar C(Eds) (2011)

HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: annual report of trends in behaviour 2011.

Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales

Harrod ME, Ward J, Graham S, Butler T (2011)

Australian prisons: the key to closing the gap and ensuring HIV remains low in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

HIV Australia; 9(1): 17-19

Moore M, Walker M (2011)

Balancing access and safety: meeting the challenge of blood borne viruses in prison.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Watkins RE, Mak DB, Connelly C (2011)

Identifying high risk groups for sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses upon admission to prison in Western Australia.

Rural and Remote Health; 11: 1621

Retrieved 16 March 2011 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1621.pdf

2010

Ngarra exhibition booklet 2010 (2010)

Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

This publication was produced by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) and includes the range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health initiatives that were showcased at the Ngarra exhibition in Sydney in 2010. The exhibition sought to raise awareness about the range of initiatives that have been implemented across Australia including research, resources, online programs, and other related activities. This booklet provides summary information and the contact details of each of these initiatives.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Second national sexually transmissible infections strategy 2010 - 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

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

Fagan P, McDonell P (2010)

Knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in relation to safe sex, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS among remote living north Queensland youth.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S52-S56

Larney S (2010)

Does opioid substitution treatment in prisons reduce injecting-related HIV risk behaviours? A systematic review.

Addiction; 105(2): 216 - 223

Mapfumo L, Waples-Crowe P, Ware J (2010)

Action research: addressing HIV risks related to injecting drug use in Victorian Aboriginal communities.

Melbourne: Anex

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

Mooney-Somers J, Olsen A, Erick W, Scott R, Akee A, Kaldor J, Maher L (2010)

Learning from the past: young Indigenous people's accounts of blood-borne viral and sexually transmitted infections as resilience narratives.

Culture, Health & Sexuality; 13(2): 173-186

National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS, National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (2010)

Mapping HIV outcomes: geographical and clinical forecasts of numbers of people living with HIV in Australia.

Sydney: National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS

URBIS (2010)

Review of OATSIH's investment in sexual health and blood borne virus activities: final report.

Sydney: URBIS

2009

Armstrong W (2009)

The NT Sexual Health Advisory Group - two years on.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 16(1): 6-8

Costello M, Ross C (2009)

Implementing a vision - towards a whole of community response to HIV/AIDS in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community.

HIV Australia; 7(1): 12-13, 38-39

National Centre in HIV Social Research (2009)

National Centre in HIV Social Research annual report 2008.

Sydney: The University of New South Wales

Wilson D, Kwon A, Anderson J, Thein R (2009)

Return on investment 2: evaluating the cost-effectiveness of needle and syringe programs in Australia.

Sydney: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

2008

Butler T, Papanastasiou C (2008)

National prison entrants' bloodborne virus and risk behaviour survey report 2004 and 2007.

Perth, WA: National Drug Research Institute

Department of Health and Ageing (2008)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health and blood borne virus health promotion report.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Drug and Alcohol Office (WA) (2008)

Aboriginal blood-borne virus scoping project literature review.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office (WA)

The 'Aboriginal Blood-Borne Virus Scoping Project' was undertaken to investigate the enablers and barriers of accessing needle and syringe programs in Kalgoorlie and the south-west for Aboriginal people who inject drugs (APWIDs). The 'Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Program' from the Department of Health (WA) funded the Alcohol and Drug Office to conduct the scoping project.

The scoping project was undertaken in response to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health Strategy 2005-2008 (2005), identifying HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C as significant health issues for Indigenous people who inject drugs, and the need to strengthen harm reduction programs in this area, as well as recent data identifying a higher number of HIV diagnoses as a result of injecting drug use among the Indigenous population compared to the non-Indigenous population, and greater rates of Hepatitis B and C diagnoses as a result of injecting drug use among the Indigenous population compared to the non-Indigenous population.

The 'Aboriginal Blood-Borne Virus Scoping Project Literature Review' was undertaken as a compendium to the project. The review examined recent national and local studies of Indigenous injecting drug use and associated harm reduction strategies, and related projects and initiatives.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Erick W, Mooney-Somers J, Akee A, Maher L (2008)

Resilience to blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections: the development of a participatory action research project with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Townsville.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(6): 5-8

Giles ML, McDonald AM, Elliott EJ, Ziegler JB, Hellard ME, Lewin SR, Kaldor JM (2008)

Variable uptake of recommended interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmissions of HIV in Australia, 1982-2005.

Medical Journal of Australia; 189(3): 151-154

Imrie J, Frankland A(Eds) (2008)

HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia: annual report of trends in behaviour 2008.

Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales

Messenger R (2008)

HIV/AIDS threat in the Torres Strait.

Queensland: Rob Messenger MP for Burnett, Qld

National Centre in HIV Social Research (2008)

National Centre in HIV Social Research annual report 2007.

Sydney: The University of New South Wales

Richters J, Butler T, Yap L, Kirkwood K, Grant L, Smith AMA, Schneider K, Donovan B (2008)

Sexual health and behaviour of New South Wales prisoners.

Sydney: School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales

Ward J (2008)

Report on the Second Indigenous Peoples' Satellite Meeting 31 July - 1 August 2008.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(6): 18-19

 
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