Abbott P, Menzies R, Davison J, Moore L, Wang H (2013)
Improving immunisation timeliness in Aboriginal children through personalised calendars.
BMC Public Health; 13: 598
Retrieved 20 June 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-598
Australian Department of Health Immunise Australian Program (2013)
National immunisation strategy for Australia 2013-2018.
Canberra: Australia Department of Health
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)
Beebe NW, Ambrose L, Hill LA, Davis JB, Hapgood G, Cooper RD, Russell RC, Ritchie SC, Reimer LJ, Lobo NF, Syafruddin D, van den Hurk AF (2013)
Tracing the tiger: population genetics provides valuable insights into the aedes (stegomyia) albopictus invasion of the Australasian region.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; 7(8): e2361
Retrieved 8 August 2013 from
National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System Annual Report Writing Group (2013)
Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2011: annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
Canberra: National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System
Bailie R, Stevens M, McDonald E, Brewster D, Guthridge S (2010)
Exploring cross-sectional associations between common childhood illness, housing and social conditions in remote Australian Aboriginal communities.
BMC Public Health; 10: 147
Retrieved 20 March 2010 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-147.pdf
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
- 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
- heart failure
- sexual health
- sexually transmitted infections in men
- general topics
- eye problems
- rheumatic fever and heart disease
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
Centre for Disease Control (2010)
Notifications for diseases by onset date & districts: 1 January – 31 December 2009 & 2008.
Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 17(1): 42
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
Einsiedel LJ, Woodman RJ (2010)
Two nations: racial disparities in bloodstream infections recorded at Alice Springs Hospital, central Australia, 2001–2005.
Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 567-571
Einsiedel LJ, Verdonck K, Gotuzzo E (2010)
Human T-Lymphotropic virus 1: clinical aspects of a neglected infection among Indigenous populations.
In: Scheld WM, Grayson ML, Hughes JM, eds. Emerging infections 9. Washington, D.C.: ASM Press:
Evolution Research (2010)
Enquiry into claims regarding leprosy testing on Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory between 1920 and 1960.
Canberra: Australian Government 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
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
Newman L, Stirzaker S, Knuckey D, Robinson K, Hood J, Knope K, Fitzsimmons G, Martin N, Siripol S, Gajanayake I, Kaczmarek M, Barr I, Hii A, Foxwell R, Owen R, Wright P, Fitzsimmons G, Sanders L, Barry C, Barker S, Ormond J, Liu C (2010)
Australia's notifiable disease status, 2008: annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(3): 157-224
OzFoodNet Working Group (2010)
Monitoring the incidence and causes of diseases potentially transmitted by food in Australia: annual report of the OzFoodNet network, 2009.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 34(4): 396-426