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2014

National Health Performance Authority (2014)

Healthy communities: immunisation rates for children in 2012–13.

Sydney: National Health Performance Authority

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Healthy for life: results for July 2007-June 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data from services receiving Healthy for life (HfL) funding, including the number of clients and health outcomes measured by 10 essential indicators (EIs) covering maternal and child health and chronic disease care:

  • timing of first antenatal visit
  • average birthweight
  • low and high birthweight babies
  • risk factors identified during pregnancy
  • immunisation rates
  • conduct of adult health checks
  • chronic disease management plans, GP management plans and team care arrangements
  • glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) blood tests for clients with type 2 diabetes (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)
  • blood pressure tests for clients with type 2 diabetes (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)
  • blood pressure tests for clients with coronary heart disease (whether done in the last 6 months, and the results)

It is the first publicly released report published since data collection and reporting for the Healthy for life program began in 2007. Healthy for life (HfL) program was established with a set of key objectives to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report provides comparisons over time, making it easy to see how the program has developed and its major achievements.

About 100 health services were funded as part of the program, but not all were required to provide data. Those providing data for the report represent 85% of all services funded in the 2010-11 reporting period. The services are widely distributed in every state and territory, from major cities to very remote areas.

The HfL aligns with the principles and priorities of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (NSF), 2003- 2013 and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the gap initiative, and is the first Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) funded program with a strong focus on continuous quality improvement (CQI) to collect and report on health outcome data that goes beyond service activity reporting.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Thematic list of projects using linked data relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (2013)

State of preventive health 2013.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Bareja C, Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group (2013)

Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group – quarterly surveillance report.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E175-E178

Chiu C, McIntyre P (2013)

Pneumococcal vaccines – past, present and future.

Australian Prescriber; 36(3): 88-93

COAG Reform Council (2013)

National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines : performance report for April 2012–March 2013.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

Collins DA, Hoskins A, Bowman J, Jones J, Stemberger NA, Richmond PC, Leach AJ, Lehmann D (2013)

High nasopharyngeal carriage of non-vaccine serotypes in Western Australian Aboriginal people following 10 years of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination.

PLoS ONE; 8: e82280

Retrieved 3 December 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0082280

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (2013)

Snapshot 2013: children and young people in Queensland.

Brisbane: Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Freebairn L, Jenkins L (2013)

The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the ACT 2006 - 2011.

Canberra: ACT Government Health Directorate

Gearside E, National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee (2013)

National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee 2012 committee report.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E187-E188

Hull BP, Menzies R, Macartney K, McIntyre PB (2013)

Impact of the introduction of rotavirus vaccine on the timeliness of other scheduled vaccines: the Australian experience.

Vaccine; 31(15): 1964–1969

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This publication draws on the Report on government services 2013 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • childcare, 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.

Improvements in reporting by Indigenous status has allowed for detailed reporting for Indigenous children enrolled and attending preschool and elapsed times for aged care services to Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Victorian Department of Health (2013)

Closing the Gap – Koolin Balit: Aboriginal health: 2011 update: regional data.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

Ward K, Quinn H, Bachelor M, Bryant V, Campbell-Lloyd S, Newbound A, Scully M, Webby R, McIntyre PB (2013)

Adolescent school-based vaccination in Australia.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E156-E167

Ward K, Quinn H, Menzies R, McIntyre P (2013)

A history of adolescent school-based vaccination in Australia.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(2): E168-E174

2012

Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (2012)

Vaccination uptake among people with chronic respiratory disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Barry C, Krause VL, Cook HM, Menzies RI (2012)

Invasive pneumococcal disease in Australia 2007 and 2008.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 36(2): E151-E165

Centre for Disease Control (2012)

NT notifications of diseases by onset date & districts: 1 January –31 December 2011 & 2010.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health

Centre for Disease Control (2012)

Pneumovax 23 revaccination guidelines 2012.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 19(1): 6-7

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2012)

National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: second edition.

South Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: second edition provides an up-to-date, evidence-based national resource created to help all health professionals delivering primary health care to Indigenous people. The use of this guide may help to prevent disease, detect early and unrecognised disease, and promote health. This guide contains Indigenous-specific information on:

  • lifestyle factors (including smoking, overweight/obesity, physical activity, and alcohol)
  • health among specific populations (child health, adolescent health, and the health of older people)
  • chronic conditions (cardiovascular health, rheumatic heart disease, respiratory health, kidney health, diabetes, and cancer)
  • infections conditions (sexual health and bloodborne viruses)
  • other health conditions (oral health, eye health, ear health, and mental health).

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New South Wales Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2012)

The health of Aboriginal people of NSW: report of the Chief Health Officer 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Thomsen R, Smyth W, Gardner A, Ketchell J (2012)

Centrelink: an innovative urban intervention for improving adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to vaccination.

Healthcare Infection; 17(4): 136-141

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

2011

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

Access to health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2011)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Hull B, Dey A, Campbell-Lloyd S, Menzies RI, McIntyre PB (2011)

NSW annual immunisation coverage report, 2010.

NSW Public Health Bulletin; 22(10): 179-195

Hull B, Dey A, Mahajan D, Menzies R, McIntyre PB (2011)

Immunisation coverage annual report, 2009.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 35(2): 132-148

Kirkwood CD, Roczo S, Boniface K, Bishop RF, Barnes GL (2011)

Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Program annual report, 2010/11.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 35(4): 281-287

Snelling TL, Andrews RM, Kirkwood CD, Culvenor S, Carapetis JR (2011)

Case-control evaluation of the effectiveness of the G1P[8] human rotavirus vaccine during an outbreak of rotavirus G2P[4] infection in Central Australia.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 52(2): 191-199

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Australian Government expenditure by state and territory, 2010 Indigenous expenditure report supplement.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report is a supplement to the first Indigenous expenditure report (http://www.pc.gov.au/ier/publications/ier-2010) which was released in February 2011 and provides information on estimated expenditure for Indigenous specific services and the estimated share of mainstream services of relevance to the Indigenous population. Expenditure is provided for Australian, state and territory governments. The seven Closing the gap building blocks provide the framework for the report. The aim of this report is to contribute to better policy making and improved outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The focus is 'on the ground' services relating to education, justice, health, housing, community services, employment and other vital services.

The initial report was unable to provide Australian Government direct expenditure allocated to individual states and territories which this supplement provides.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Strebor C (2011)

Immunisation coverage 31 December 2011.

The Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 19(1): 30-31

Stumpers S, Thomson N, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Urquhart B (2011)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

2010

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.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chiu C, Dey A, Wang H, Menzies R, Deeks S, Mahajan D, Macartney K, Brotherton J, Jardine A, Quinn H, Jelfs J, Booy R, Lawrence G, Jayasinghe S, Roberts A, Senanayake S, Wood N, McIntyre P (2010)

Vaccine preventable diseases in Australia, 2005 to 2007.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Hull BP, Mahajan D, Dey A, Menzies RI, McIntyre PB (2010)

Immunisation coverage annual report, 2008.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(3): 241-258

Healthy living (2010)

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, WA Country Health Service

This resource discusses healthy living measures and how to change unhealthy behaviours.

It includes information on:

  • quitting smoking
  • quitting or cutting down alcohol consumption
  • losing weight the healthy way.

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Lehmann D, Willis J, Moore HC, Giele C, Murphy D, Keil AD, Harrison C, Bayley K, Watson M, Richmond P (2010)

The changing epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians from 1997 through 2007 and emergence of nonvaccine serotypes.

Clinical Infectious Diseases; 50(11): 1477-1486

Medicare Australia (2010)

Medicare Australia annual report 2009-2010.

Canberra: Medicare Australia

Moberley S, Krause V, Cook H, Mulholland K, Carapetis J, Torzillo P, Andrews R (2010)

Failure to vaccinate or failure of vaccine? Effectiveness of the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine program in Indigenous adults in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Vaccine; 28(11): 2296-2301

Richardson LJ, Towers RJ, Cheng AC, Currie BJ, Carapetis JR, Giffard PM, McDonald MI (2010)

Diversity of emm sequence types in group A beta-haemolytic streptococci in two remote Northern Territory Indigenous communities: Implications for vaccine development.

Vaccine; 28(32): 5301-5305

Senanayake SN (2010)

Australia's health 2010: an overview of infectious diseases [editorial].

Medical Journal of Australia; 193(5): 256-257

2009

Bailie RS (2009)

A systems approach to improving timeliness of immunisation.

Vaccine; 27(27): 3669-3674

Bangor-Jones RD, Dowse GK, Giele CM, van Buynder PG, Hodge MM, Whitty MM (2009)

A prolonged mumps outbreak among highly vaccinated Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 191(7): 398-401

Campbell SJ, Nissen MD, Lambert SB (2009)

Rotavirus epidemiology in Queensland during the pre-vaccine era.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 33(2): 240-208

Leach AJ, Morris PS, McCallum GB, Wilson CA, Stubbs L, Beissbarth J, Jacups S, Hare K, Smith-Vaughan HC (2009)

Emerging pneumococcal carriage serotypes in a high-risk population receiving 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine since 2001.

BMC Infectious Diseases; (9): 121

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/9/121

Massa HM, Cripps AW, Lehmann D (2009)

Otitis media: viruses, bacteria, biofilms and vaccines.

Medical Journal of Australia; 191(9): S44-S49

Menzies R (2009)

How well is the 23vPPV working in Indigenous adults?.

Paper presented at the National meeting on pneumococcal disease. 30 July 2009, Sydney

Menzies R (2009)

Immunisation of Indigenous people: achievements and challenges.

Paper presented at the Second Indigenous immunisation research workshop. 31 July 2009, Sydney

Menzies RI, Singleton RJ (2009)

Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination policy for indigenous populations.

Pediatric Clinics of North America; 56(6): 1263-1283

Population Health Queensland (2009)

Strategic directions for communicable disease prevention and control 2009–2012.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

2008

Awofeso N (2008)

Measuring and evaluating the quality of hepatitis B vaccination programs in prison settings.

Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development; 2(December):

Department of Health and Ageing (2008)

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th edition 2008: 3.6 Hepatitis B.

In: The Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th edition 2008. Canberra: Immunise Australia Program, Department of Health and Ageing, Australia: 15

Hanna JN, Humphreys JL, Murphy DM (2008)

Invasive pneumococcal disease in Indigenous people in north Queensland: an update, 2005-2007.

Medical Journal of Australia; 189(1): 43-46

Menzies R, Turnour C, Chiu C, McIntyre P (2008)

Vaccine preventable diseases and vaccination coverage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Australia, 2003 to 2006.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Nagy C (2008)

Measles, mumps vaccination history in the Northern Territory.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 15(4): 18-19

Closing the Gap newsletter: special edition on immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2008)

South Australian Communicable Disease Control Branch ~ Immunisation Section

Wood N, Warlow M, Quinn H, Selvey C, Lum G, McIntyre P, Kaldor J (2008)

Establishment of a surveillance system (utilising Midwifes Data Collection Systems) for monitoring the impact of hepatitis B vaccination on the population prevalence of chronic hepatitis B virus infection in Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(3): 272-275

 
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