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2014

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (2014)

SNAICC submission: Productivity Commission: Inquiry into child care and early childhood learning.

Melbourne: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

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

Report on government services 2014: health: volume E.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Partnership Agreement: first annual report on health performance indicators.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report is the first annual performance report for the Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Partnership Agreement (IECD NPA). It provides the latest available information, as well as time trends, on each of the six health-related indicators (of the 10 performance indicators) in the IECD NPA.

The report has chapters on each of the health-related indicators that include detailed data tables and information on methods and data sources:

  • antenatal care
  • teenage rates of sexually transmissible infections
  • low birthweight
  • infant mortality
  • substance use during pregnancy
  • child under five years of age hospitalisation rates by principal diagnosis.

The IECD NPA is a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreement established to improve the health and developmental outcomes for Indigenous children across Australia. The IECD NPA is an integral part of COAG's broader agenda to 'close the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in health, early childhood education and care, education and employment; and it is also closely aligned with other policies such as Investing in the early years - a national early childhood development strategy.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

National framework for protecting Australia's children 2009-2020: technical paper on operational definitions and data issues for key national indicators.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Scoping reportable measures for the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020: supporting outcome 1: working paper: August 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bessant JC (2013)

History and Australian Indigenous child welfare policies.

Policy Studies; 34(3): 310-325

Day A, Francisco A, Jones R (2013)

Programs to improve interpersonal safety in Indigenous communities: evidence and issues.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2013.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This is the fifth annual report outlining progress made towards meeting the targets set for Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage in the seven key building blocks:

  • early childhood
  • schooling
  • health
  • healthy homes
  • safe communities
  • economic participation
  • governance and leadership.

The report includes new data from the 2011 Census and provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of progress against the targets.

The report highlights 2013 as the year the first target - ensuring all Indigenous four-year olds living in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years - falls due and claims this target will be met.

The Australian Government's agenda for Closing the gap is driven by the need to:

  • overcome decades of under-investment in services and infrastructure
  • encourage and support personal responsibility for healthy functional families and communities
  • build new understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The report states that continued and sustained effort is needed to close the gap, but that the expected achievement of the early childhood education target in 2013 will support a commitment to ensuring that benefits flow through to the other Closing the gap targets to further address Indigenous disadvantage.

As with previous reports, it is acknowledged that the approach to Closing the Gap is a partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, the private sector and non-government organisations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

Summary of Australian Government action plan to reduce the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - 2013-14 to 2016-17.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Healing Foundation, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection, Aboriginal Child Family and Community Care State Secretariat, Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (2013)

Our children, our Dreaming: a call for a more just approach for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families: discussion paper.

Canberra: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (2013)

Taking responsibility: a roadmap for Queensland child protection.

Brisbane: Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry

Watson K, Young J, Barnes M (2013)

What constitutes ‘support' for the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health workforce?.

Australian Health Review; 37(1): 112-116

2012

Aboriginal Affairs Taskforce (2012)

Victorian Government Indigenous affairs report 2010-11.

Melbourne: Department of Planning and Community Development

Alperstein G, Dyer CS (2012)

The development and implementation of a strategic framework to improve Aboriginal child development and wellbeing in far west NSW: a collaborative approach.

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin; 23(4): 73-76

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2012)

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

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

This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions including disease or injury, human function, life expectancy, wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Burns L, Elliott EJ, Black E, Breen C(Eds) (2012)

Fetal Alcohol Disorders in Australia: an update.

Canberra: Intergovernmental Committee of Drugs Working Party of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Cummins P, Scott D, Scales B (2012)

Meeting the needs of Aboriginal children and young people.

In: Report of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry. Melbourne: Victorian Government: 271-310

This report section is part of the Report of the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry which aimed to meet the needs, improve the lives and secure the rights of vulnerable children and young people residing in Victoria. This section of the report outlines the evidence for vulnerable Indigenous children and families. The report presents:

  • challenges faced by vulnerable Indigenous children and youth
  • risk factors
  • challenges of meeting the needs for vulnerable Indigenous children and families
  • submissions received
  • historical context and its impact on Indigenous people and communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cummins P, Scott D, Scales B (2012)

Report of the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet

Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

Indigenous early childhood development national partnership: 2011/12 annual report: element three.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Elliott E, Latimer J, Oscar J, Fitzpatrick J, Carter M (2012)

The Lililwan Collaboration: inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, 23rd March, 2012.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Department for Child Protection strategic plan 2012–2014 (2012)

Western Australia Department of Child Protection and Family Support

This poster provides information on the Western Australian (WA) Department for Child Protection's strategic plan for 2012-14. It includes details on:

  • the mission of the WA Department of Child Protection
  • what the Department does and how it operates
  • the Department's values
  • the four strategic priorities and the associated key focus areas:
    • capacity
    • performance
    • delvelopment
    • learning.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Northern Territory Emergency Response evaluation report 2011.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

2010

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Family social network: development of a children's headline indicator.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Shelter: development of a children's headline indicator.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Freemantle J (2010)

Indigenous children - their human rights, mortality, and the Millennium Development Goals.

UN Chronicle: Achieving Global Health; 47(2): 1-5

2009

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Implementation of the children's services national minimum data set: a feasibility study.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Flaxman S, Muir K, Oprea I (2009)

Indigenous families and children: coordination and provision of services: stronger families and communities strategy 2004–2009.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

2008

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Making progress: the health, development and wellbeing of Australia's children and young people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (2008)

The wellbeing of young Australians: report card & technical report.

Canberra: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Bromfield L, Holzer P (2008)

A national approach for child protection: project report.

Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Katz I (2008)

Early intervention and 'evidence-based' policy.

In: Robinson G, Eickelkamp U, Goodnow J, Katz I, eds. Contexts of child development: culture, policy and intervention. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press: 90-99

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (2008)

SNAICC service development, cultural respect and service access policy.

North Fitzroy (VIC): Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)

Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Lawrence DM, Shepherd C, Mitrou F, D'Maio J, Dalby R, Griffin J, Pearson G, Hayward C (2008)

The Western Australian Aboriginal child health survey: are there any policy implications?.

In: Robinson G, Eickelkamp U, Goodnow J, Katz I, eds. Contexts of child development: culture, policy and Intervention. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press: 59-72

 
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