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2013

Atkinson J (2013)

Trauma-informed services and trauma-specific care for Indigenous Australian children.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report provides comprehensive information on trauma in Indigenous Australian children. It examines the effects of trauma while also providing an overview of recent government initiatives implemented to address the negative consequences of trauma exposure in childhood and adulthood. The report also describes the delivery of trauma-informed services and trauma-specific care. Complementing the information in this report is the inclusion of an appendices containing lists of relevant publications and resources.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence: 2011-12.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report summaries the findings of the Closing The Gap Clearinghouse on the research and evaluation evidence collected for overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians. For this report the Clearinghouse focused on three of the seven Council of Australian Governments building blocks for overcoming disadvantage; early childhood, health and safe communities. It includes information on what works, what does not work and gaps in the evidence.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bailie R, Griffin J, Laycock A, Kelaher M, McNeair T, Percival N, Schierhout G (2013)

Sentinel Sites evaluation: a place-based evaluation of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package 2010–2012: final report .

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan: companion document on Commonwealth Government strategies and reforms - July 2013.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Department of Human Services (2013)

Practice Incentives Program: Indigenous health incentive guidelines.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

This guideline aims to support general practices and Indigenous health services to provide better health care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients, including best practice management of chronic disease.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Holland C (2013)

Shadow report 2013: on Australian governments' progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

This report presents the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee's assessment of the Australian Government's progress towards achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality under the Closing the gap strategy. The report is divided into two parts:

  • the first assesses progress against the Council of Australian Government's Closing the gap targets and the implementation of the commitments in the Close the gap statement of intent. It considers this assessment in relation to the renewal of the National partnership agreement on closing the gap in Indigenous health outcomes which expires in June 2013
  • the second part of the report examines developments in partnership and planning with a focus on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan due for completion and implementation in mid-2013. It emphasises the need for the plan to be developed in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their representative bodies.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local (2013)

Closing the Gap in inner north west Melbourne: a population health needs assessment.

Melbourne: Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local

Riddell S, Perini N (2013)

Indigenous employment: quality, not quantity.

SVA Consulting Quarterly; (3): 1

Retrieved 19 February 2013 from http://svaconsultingquarterly.com/2013/02/19/indigenous-employment-quality-not-quantity/

2012

Anikeeva O, Katterl R, Bywood P (2012)

The Closing the Gap Initiative: successes and ongoing challenges for divisions of general practice.

Australian Family Physician; 41(7): 523-527

Anjou MD, Boudville AI, Taylor HR (2012)

Why optometry must work from urban and regional Aboriginal health services.

Clinical and Experimental Optometry; 95(6): 615-617

Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee (2012)

Shadow report 2012 : on Australian governments' progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Melbourne: Oxfam Australia

This report presents the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee's assessment of the Australian Government's progress towards achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality under the Closing the gap strategy. The report is divided into two parts; the first assesses progress against the Council of Australian Government's Closing the gap targets and the implementation of the commitments in the Close the gap statement of intent. The second part of the report describes how the states and territories that are parties to the Close the gap statement of intent are implementing it in their jurisdictions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2012)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report April 2012 to September 2012.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

This is the sixth report delivered in accordance with the Coordinator-General for remote Indigenous services act 2009 relating to the National partnership agreement on remote service delivery,  and covers the period April 2012 to September 2012. The report focuses on actions - built around the Closing the gap building blocks - which provide effective and sustainable services, improve governance processes and engagement, enhance accountability, and deliver local implementation plans.

With the objective of sustainable communities for the future, the report provides practical ideas to help with:

  • ensuring the sustainability of investments to deliver on government commitments
  • community involvement in the design of programs
  • ensuring the right services are available in each community
  • further improving the coordination and integration of services
  • promoting local employment
  • addressing longstanding infrastructure deficits and improving coordination
  • developing the capacity of local organisations and individuals to become more actively involved in being part of the solution
  • building the capacity of government staff for community development through the development of practice guidelines
  • getting a better understanding of the local operating context.

Adapted from Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Hall J, Wedgwood E, Pope A (2012)

Australian government coordination arrangements for Indigenous programs.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Macklin J (2012)

Continuing our efforts to close the gap: Ministerial statements 2012-13.

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

McCuaig L, Nelson A (2012)

Engaging Indigenous students through school-based health education.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This factsheet presents the evidence for the delivery of school-based health education for Indigenous students in Australian schools, including strategies that are effective in supporting positive health outcomes for Indigenous students. Evidence-based, school-based health education programs can be enhanced through the understanding of what works, who they work for, and in what situation. A thorough understanding of context and cultural awareness are vital for the effective implementation of these broad based policies in individual remote, rural and urban Indigenous schools.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Minum Barreng Indigenous Eye Health Unit (2012)

2012 annual update on the implementation of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision.

Melbourne: Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2012)

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report: June 2011 to August 2012.

Darwin: Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services

This is the first of two annual reports that examine the objectives, strategies and funding arrangements of agreements that form the basis of the partnership between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory (NT) governments aimed at closing the gap in living conditions and social outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians.

The geographies assessed in the report include; Territory growth towns, Community living areas, town camps, homelands, communities and outstations.

The report focuses on four major themes arising from the approach taken by governments in relation to Aboriginal people since the NT emergency response (NTER) commenced in 2007 and reflected in the Stronger futures arrangements proposed for the next ten years. These are:

  • transparency and accountability
  • the balance between the crisis and developmental aspects of initiatives under both the NTER and Stronger futures
  • the marginalisation of Aboriginal people in decision making and resource allocation
  • the lack of long-term planning and capacity development within Aboriginal towns, particularly the transfer of service delivery from Aboriginal organisations to the non-Indigenous, non-profit sector.
The report makes twelve recommendations in the following areas:population and mobility; one-stop shop business centres; accountability and transparency; prioritisation of investments; community safety; early childhood; education; youth services review; labour force participation; workforce development (housing); housing; and health (morgues).

Abstract adapted from Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report

Peiris D, Brown A, Howard M, Rickards BA, Tonkin A, Ring I, Hayman N, Cass A (2012)

Building better systems of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: findings from the kanyini health systems assessment.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 369

Retrieved 28 October 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/12/369/abstract

Pholeros P, Phibbs P (2012)

Constructing and maintaining houses.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This factsheet provides information on the construction and maintenance of Indigenous housing, in particular, best practice approaches to construction and maintenance. The key message is investment in housing should enhance how a house functions for its residents.
The issues addressed in this factsheet include:

  • remoteness
  • climate
  • local environmental conditions (e.g., mineral content, vermin)
  • social and cultural factors
  • crowding
  • tenure
  • household incomes.

Best practice approaches draw on the information provided in the National Indigenous housing guide produced by the Australian Government's Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Housing for health program developed by Healthabitat.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor HR, Boudville AI, Anjou MD (2012)

The roadmap to close the gap for vision.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(11): 613-615

Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development (2012)

Victorian Aboriginal affairs framework 2013–2018: building for the future: a plan for ‘Closing the Gap' in Victoria by 2031.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development

2011

Aboriginal Maternity Service Support Unit (2011)

Closing the gap: early childhood: Women and Newborn Health Service: Aboriginal Maternity Service Support Unit.

Paper presented at the Aboriginal Health Council of WA – Annual State Sector Conference. 12th-13th April 2011, Scarborough, WA

Brendan Yunipingu (2011)

NT Mojos - RSD Galiwinku [YouTube video].

: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Cerasa D (2011)

Australian health care: closing the service gap.

Nursing Management; 18(8): 16-19

Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee for Indigenous Health Equality (2011)

Shadow report on Australian Governments' progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

The Close the gap shadow report 2011 is the assessment of the Close the gap campaign of the progress made by the Australian Government towards achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality. The report is divided into two parts, the first assesses progress against the Council of Australian Government's Closing the gap targets and the implementation of the commitments in the Close the gap statement of intent. The second part of the report describes how the states and territories that are parties to the Close the gap statement of intent are implementing it in their jurisdictions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Comino EJ, Pulver LRJ, Knight JA (2011)

The health of urban Aboriginal people: insufficient data to close the gap [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(5): 270

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

Maningrida night patrol and child safety service [YouTube video].

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

The Maningrida night patrol and child safety service consists of a group of Maningrida women who seek to protect local children and educate the community to generate change. They educate young people about sexual health and positive life skills, substance abuse and protective behaviors.

This video is part of a series made in communities identified under the Council of Australian Governments' National partnership agreement on remote service delivery.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Social Services (2011)

Gunbalanya looks after family safety [YouTube video].

: Department of Social Services

This video showcases the work carried out by local community members involved in the Gunbalanya family safety program in the Northern Territory. This program draws on the knowledge and experience of local people and culture in developing and implementing initiatives and services to address issues such as alcohol and other drug use and family violence. The video was produced by local Aboriginal media organisation Pintubi, Anmatjerre, Warlpiri (PAW) Media as part of a series of videos made in communities that were identified under the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) National partnership agreement on remote service delivery.

Abstract adapted from Department of Social Services

Hayman N (2011)

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Australian Prescriber; 34(2): 38-40

Helme S, Lamb S (2011)

Closing the school completion gap for Indigenous students.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource sheet provides an overview of approaches to improving the school completion rates of Indigenous youth. Included is information on what is currently known about these approaches and what information needs to be developed in this area. This resource sheet was produced as part of a series by the Closing the gap clearinghouse to disseminate information which could be used to help develop solutions to 'close the gap'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011 (2011)

Ivers R

Anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a factsheet by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This resource sheet discusses the harms resulting from tobacco use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and evidence-based approaches to reducing this harm.

Australian Insitute of Health and Welfare abstract

Newslines Radio (2011)

Newslines Radio.

Retrieved November 2011 from http://www.indigenous.gov.au/category/radio/

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (2011)

Hero rewards.

Retrieved 2011 from http://www.herorewards.com.au/

Hero rewards is a Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) resource that supports Indigenous community members to improve the ways in which they look after their health.

An interactive website offers members a health check tool, a way to register for a health check, and contact information for Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services (AICCHS) in Queensland.

The website also includes resources for health professionals and centres:

  • referral pathway support and follow up reminders for Indigenous clients - hero postcards for:
    • eye health
    • diabetes
    • antenatal care
    • immunisation
    • men's health
    • tobacco
    • healthy eating
    • physical activity
  • Good quick tukka: facilitator manual and recipes
  • Department of Health and Ageing health promotion calendar
  • QAIHC Preventative Health quarterly newsletters
  • handbooks, templates and resource order forms.
The initiative is part of the Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) program which supports and encourages general practices and Indigenous health services to provide improved health care services for Indigenous Australians, with a focus on tackling Indigenous chronic disease and Indigenous health care.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ron Poantumilui (2011)

NT Mojos - RSD Tiwi [YouTube video].

: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Sharon Gaykamangu (2011)

Aged care Ramingining [YouTube video].

: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

This video was produced as part of the Northern Territory (NT) Mojos project. This project is an innovative, pilot mobile journalism project that is helping close the gap in the NT by giving Indigenous communities a chance to tell their stories in their own way. The video focuses on day-to-day life in an aged care service in Ramingining, from the perspective of a local woman.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Department of Health (2011)

Closing the health gap in Victoria: highlights - 2009 to 2011.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

Life is health is life: taking action to close the gap (2011)

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)

This evidence-based health promotion resource provides information and guidance for action to improve the health and life expectancy of Indigenous Victorians.

It brings together stories of health promotion practice from across Victoria and a review of the scientific literature, as well as providing the evidence for effective interventions that can be used in health promotion planning. The resource covers areas where significant health gains can be made, such as:

  • tobacco
  • physical activity
  • nutrition
  • food security
  • alcohol.

This resource is designed for people who work in community and women's health services, Aboriginal community controlled health services and local government.

Abstract adapted from Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

2010

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal (2010)

$4 million for tri-nation research to help close the gap in Indigenous health.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(3): 25

Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (2010)

Closing the Gap: 10 Years of Housing for Health in NSW: an evaluation of a healthy housing intervention.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Closing the gap: increasing specialist follow-up care: urban specialist outreach assistance program: program funding guidelines.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Close the Gap Steering Committee for Indigenous Health Equality (2010)

Shadow report on the Australian Government's progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

Helping Indigenous Australians to reduce their risk of chronic disease (2010)

Closing the Gap – Indigenous Chronic Disease Department of Health and Ageing

This factsheet describes the initiative undertaken by the Australian Government under the Closing the gap strategy, which funds a national network of healthy lifestyle workers in an effort to reduce risk factors that contribute to preventable chronic disease in Indigenous communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Closing the gap: tackling chronic disease: the Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (2010)

Closing the Gap – Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease

This pamphlet outlines the Australian Government's commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by preventing and treating chronic disease. The package will tackle chronic disease through:

  • health promotion and prevention of ill health, in particular healthy lifestyle programs improved financial support for the Aboriginal community-controlled
  • health sector in the delivery of primary health care addressing barriers to access to follow-up services, such as allied health and the Pharmaceutical
  • Benefits Scheme growing the numbers and skills of Indigenous health workers

The pamphlet also presents the breakdown of funding totalling $805.5m over four years (starting in 2009-10 and ending in 2012-13).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Indigenous home ownership issues paper.

Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Toolkit for Indigenous service provision.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Remote Indigenous housing program municipal and essential services guidelines 2009-2012.

Canberra: Australian Government

Closing the Gap: Indigenous chronic disease package information for general practice, Aboriginal community controlled health services and Indigenous health services (2010)

Department of Health and Ageing

The Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) supports general practices and Indigenous health services to:

  • develop and implement systems to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients and encourage regular health checks
  • receive additional payments through the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous health incentive
  • prescribe more affordable Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) medicines for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients through the PBS co-payment measure
  • develop a team approach to care by accessing training for practice nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers in the Chronic disease self-management program
  • ensure Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients with a chronic disease are able to access specialists and allied health professionals consistent with their care plan through the Care coordination and supplementary services program
  • refer Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients with, or at risk of chronic disease to regionally-based, and culturally appropriate, supports - such as tobacco action workers and healthy lifestyle workers.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing

Closing the Gap: subsidising PBS medicine co-payments (2010)

Department of Health and Ageing

As part of the Closing the gap: tackling Indigenous chronic disease program, the Australian Government provides additional assistance with the cost of Pharmaceutical benefits scheme for Indigenous patients. This factsheet explains how the scheme works.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Indigenous chronic disease package: care coordination and supplementary services: program guidelines.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (2010)

Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hunter BH (2010)

Pathways for Indigenous school leavers to undertake training or gain employment.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource sheet provides an overview of approaches to providing educational and employment pathways for Indigenous school leavers. Included is information on what is currently known about these approaches and what information needs to be developed in this area. This resource sheet was produced as part of a series by the Closing the gap clearinghouse to disseminate information which could be used to help develop solutions to 'close the gap'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Macklin J (2010)

Closing the Gap - building momentum.

Canberra: Government of Australia, Budget 2010-11

National Indigenous Health Equality Council (2010)

National target setting instrument: evidence based best practice guide.

Canberra: National Indigenous Health Equality Council

Rural Health Education Foundation (2010)

Live strong: closing the gap on chronic disease.

: Rural Health Education Foundation

This program focuses on the need for a comprehensive plan for the prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease. It also explains the Indigenous notion of health and explores how this might shape more effective intervention programs. The program stresses that the gap in life expectancy cannot be closed unless chronic disease issues are addressed in a way that values independence, cultural identity, and community responsibility.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

West Australian Country Health Service Renal Dialysis Plan Working Party (2010)

High Level Newman service planning report final version.

Perth, WA: West Australian Country Health Service

Zimmet MD (2010)

Early impressions of paediatric health in Alice Springs: trying to see beyond the gaps.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 606-607

2009

Arney F, McGuinness K, Robinson G (2009)

In the best interests of the child? Determining the effects of the emergency intervention on child safety and wellbeing.

Law in Context; 27(2): 42-57

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Finding our feet : first findings from Footprints in Time.

Canberra: Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

Submission from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation: towards a national primary health care strategy: fulfilling Aboriginal peoples aspirations to close the gap.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Parker K (2009)

Travel tips for media on the Close the Gap bus.

Retrieved from http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/get-involved/events/closing-the-gap/ms-kirstie-parker

2008

Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (2008)

Bridging the health equity gap: a submission from the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

Casuarina (NT): Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Krause V (2008)

Closing the gap - the challenge: CDC action plan.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 15(4): 1-3

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (2008)

A submission from the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council to the Inquiry into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage.

Sydney: New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council

 
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