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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with cardiovascular health 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 Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Health care expenditure on cardiovascular diseases 2008-09.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Trends in coronary heart disease mortality: age groups and populations.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Cole R (2014)

Supporting Aboriginal women’s health needs.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal; 21(8): 38-39

Crengle S, Smylie J, Kelaher M, Lambert M, Reid S, Luke J, Anderson I, Hindmarsh JH, Harwood M (2014)

Cardiovascular disease medication health literacy among Indigenous peoples: design and protocol of an intervention trial in Indigenous primary care services.

BMC Public Health; 14: 714

Retrieved 12 July 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-714

Dwivedi J, Sutcliffe S, Eastbrook L, Woods C, Maguire GP (2014)

Predicting coronary heart disease in remote settings: a prospective, cross-sectional observational study.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; in press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2014.02.017):

Gladigau EL, Fazio TN, Hannam JP, Dawson LM, Jones SG (2014)

Increased cardiovascular risk in patients with severe mental illness.

Internal Medicine Journal; 44(1): 65–69

Ilton MK, Walsh WF, Brown ADH, Tideman PA, Zeitz CJ, Wilson J (2014)

A framework for overcoming disparities in management of acute coronary syndromes in the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population: a consensus statement from the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(11): 639-643

Iyngkaran P, Tinsley J, Smith D, Haste M, Nadarajan K, Ilton M, Battersby M, Stewart S, Brown A (2014)

Northern Territory Heart Failure Initiative-Clinical Audit (NTHFI-CA) - a prospective database on the quality of care and outcomes for acute decompensated heart failure admission in the Northern Territory: study design and rationale.

BMJ Open; 4(1): 1-13

Katzenellenbogen JM, Katherine Teng TK, Lopez D, Sanfilippo F, Knuiman M, Hobbs M, Hung J, Thompson SC (2014)

The epidemiological profile of first-ever hospitalisations for atrial fibrillation in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians, 2000-2009.

Global Heart; 9(1 Supplement): e115

Lyngkaran P, Tinsley J, Smith D, Haste M, Nadarajan K, Ilton M, Battesrby M, Stewart S, Brown A (2014)

Northern Territory heart failure Initiative - clinical audit (NTHFI–CA) - a prospective database on the quality of care and outcomes for acute decompensated heart failure admission in the Northern Territory: study design and rationale.

BMJ Open; 4(1): e004137

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004137

Lyons JG, O'Dea K, Walker KZ (2014)

Evidence for low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in Australian Indigenous peoples: a systematic review.

BMC Public Health; 14: 545

Retrieved 2 June 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-545

Matebele MP, Rohde S, Clarke A, Fraser JF (2014)

Cardiac surgery in Indigenous Australians: early onset cardiac disease with follow-up challenges.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 23(6): 566–571

Ong KS, Carter R, Vos T, Kelaher M, Anderson I (2014)

Cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent cardiovascular disease in Australia's Indigenous population.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 23(5): 414–421

Sav A, McMillan SS, Kelly F, Whitty JA, Kendall E, King MA, Wheeler AJ (2014)

Consumer health organisations for chronic conditions: why do some people access them and others don’t?.

Primary Health Care Research & Development; firstview(http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423614000036):

Teng TH, Katzenellenbogen JM, Hung J, Knuiman M, Sanfilippo FM, Geelhoed E, Hobbs M, Thompson SC (2014)

Rural–urban differentials in 30-day and 1-year mortality following first-ever heart failure hospitalisation in Western Australia: a population-based study using data linkage.

BMJ Open; 4(5): e004724

Retrieved 2 May 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004724

Teng TK, Katzenellenbogen JM, Geelhoed E, Knuiman M, Lopez D, Woods JA, Sanfilippo F, Hobbs M, Hung J, Thompson SC (2014)

Readmissions after first heart failure hospitalization in Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal patients in Western Australia, 2000-2007.

Global Heart; 9(1 Supplement): e57-e58

Teng TK, Katzenellenbogen JM, Thompson SC, Sanfilippo FM, Knuiman M, Geelhoed E, Hobbs M, Bessarab D, Hung J (2014)

Incidence of first heart failure hospitalization and mortality in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal patients in Western Australia, 2000–2009.

International Journal of Cardiology; 173(1): 110–117

Zeitz C, Tavella R, Arstall M, Chew D, Worthley S, Worthley M, Beltrame J (2014)

Presentation and management of acute coronary syndromes in Australian Aboriginal patients.

Global Heart; 9(1 Supplement): e25

2013

Artuso S, Cargo M, Brown A, Daniel M (2013)

Factors influencing health care utilisation among Aboriginal cardiac patients in central Australia: a qualitative study.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 83

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-83

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses.

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 National Preventive Health Agency (2013)

State of preventive health 2013.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Campbell SK, Lynch J, Esterman A, McDermott R (2013)

Pre-pregnancy predictors of hypertension in pregnancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in north Queensland, Australia; a prospective cohort study.

BMC Public Health; 13: 138

Retrieved 15 February 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-138

NSW Aboriginal Health Fact Sheet 2013 (2013)

Centre for Epidemiology & Evidence

Davy C, Aromataris E, Gibson O, Brown A (2013)

Facilitators and barriers to the implementation of primary health care interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic diseases: a systematic review protocol.

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports; 11(7): 299-311

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

Dimer L, Dowling T, Jones J, Cheetham C, Thomas T, Smith J, McManus A, Maiorana AJ (2013)

Build it and they will come: outcomes from a successful cardiac rehabilitation program at an Aboriginal Medical Service.

Australian Health Review; 37(1): 79-82

Edwards L (2013)

NT chronic conditions prevention and management strategy annual report 2011.

The Chronicle; 25(1): 29-30

Gabb GM, Vitry A, Limaye V, Alhami G (2013)

Serious statin-associated myotoxicity and rhabdomyolysis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: a case series.

Internal Medicine Journal; 43(9): 987–992

Garg L, Anand D, Yadav R (2013)

Cardiovascular characteristics of Indigenous versus non-Indigenous haemodialysis patients in a regional Australian setting.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 22(Supplement 1): S250

Govil D, Lin I, Dodd T, Cox R, Moss P, Thompson S, Maiorana A (2013)

Identifying culturally appropriate strategies for coronary heart disease secondary prevention in a regional Aboriginal Medical Service.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; Online Early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY12117):

Harvey PW, Petkov J, Kowanko I, Helps Y, Battersby M (2013)

Chronic condition management and self-management in Aboriginal communities in South Australia: outcomes of a longitudinal study.

Australian Health Review; 37(2): 246-250

This paper describes the longitudinal component of a larger mixed methods study into the processes and outcomes of chronic condition management and self-management strategies implemented in three Indigenous communities in South Australia. The study was designed to document the connection between the application of structured systems of care for Indigenous people and their longer-term health status.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Review

Heart smart mobstyle (2013)

Heart Foundation

Heart smart mobstyle has been developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students by including culturally relevant resources and learning experiences.

This resource aims to:

  • assist teachers to teach students about heart health, physical activity, good nutrition and the harmful effects of smoking
  • improve the health and well-being of participating children as a result of greater physical activity and improved nutrition.

The Teacher's notes provide detailed lesson plans that cover heart health, healthy nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation. The accompanying Student activity booklet is a fun, take-home resource for students, which supports the skills and knowledge they build through the delivery of the lesson sequence.

Abstract adapted from Heart Foundation

Hurune PN, O’Shea JM, Maguire GP, Hewagama SS (2013)

Utility of exercise electrocardiography testing for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in a remote Australian setting.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(3): 201-204

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

Iyngkaran P, Majoni V, Nadarajan K, Haste M, Battersby M, Ilton M, Harris M (2013)

AUStralian Indigenous Chronic Disease Optimisation Study (AUSI-CDS) prospective observational cohort study to determine if an established chronic disease health care model can be used to deliver better heart failure care among remote Indigenous Australians: proof of concept—study rationale and protocol.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 22(11): 930–939

Lorig K, Ritter PL, Plant K, Laurent DD, Kelly P, Rowe S (2013)

The South Australia health chronic disease self-management Internet trial.

Health Education and Behavior; 40(1): 67-77

Luke JN, Brown A, Daniel M, O'Dea K, Best JD, Jenkins AJ, Wang Z, McDermott RA, Wang Z, Rowley KG (2013)

The metabolic syndrome and CVD outcomes for a central Australian cohort.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; 100(3): e70–e73

Luke JN, Brown AD, Brazionis L, O'Dea K, Best JD, McDermott RA, Wang Z, Wang Z, Rowley KG (2013)

Exploring clinical predictors of cardiovascular disease in a central Australian Aboriginal cohort.

European Journal of Preventive Cardiology; 20(2): 246-253

Lyngkaran P, Thomas M, Sanders P, Majoni W, Brady S, Nadarajan K, Ilton M, Brown A (2013)

Do we need a wider therapeutic paradigm for heart failure with comorbidities? A remote Australian perspective.

Health Care: Current Reviews; 1(1):

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

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 2012. 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

Maple-Brown LJ, Brimblecombe J, Connelly PW, Harris SB, Mamakeesick M, Zinman B, O’Dea K, Hanley AJ (2013)

Similarities and differences in cardiometabolic risk factors among remote Aboriginal Australian and Canadian cohorts.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; 100(1): 133–141

McLaughlin D, Hockey R, Mishra G (2013)

Heart disease in women in remote Australia: urban-rural differences after adjusting for lifestyle behaviours and socio-demographic factors [letter].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(1): 90

Nelson MR, Doust JA (2013)

Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: new guidelines, technologies and therapies.

Medical Journal of Australia; 198(11): 606-610

Plant N, Mallitt KA, Kelly PJ, Usherwood T, Gillespie J, Boyages S, Jan S, McNab J, Essue BM, Gradidge K, Maranan N, Ralphs D, Aspin C, Leeder S (2013)

Implementation and effectiveness of 'care navigation', coordinated management for people with complex chronic illness: rationale and methods of a randomised controlled trial.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 164

Retrieved 3 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-164

Prabhu A, Tully PJ, Bennetts JS, Tuble SC, Baker RA (2013)

The morbidity and mortality outcomes of Indigenous Australian peoples after isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery: the influence of geographic remoteness.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 22(8): 599–605

Randall DA, Jorm LR, Lujic S, O'Loughlin AJ, Eades SJ, Leyland AH (2013)

Disparities in revascularization rates after acute myocardial infarction between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Australia.

Circulation; 127(7): 762

Roe YL, Zeitz CJ, Mittinty MN, McDermott RA, Chew DP (2013)

Impact of age, gender and Indigenous status on access to diagnostic coronary angiography for patients presenting with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndromes in Australia.

Internal Medicine Journal; 43(3): 317-322

Sav A, King MA, Kelly F, McMillan SS, Kendall E, Whitty JA, Wheeler AJ (2013)

Self-management of chronic conditions in a rural and remote context.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13084):

Secombe PJ, Stewart PC, Brown A (2013)

Functional outcomes in high risk ICU patients in Central Australia: a prospective case series.

Rural and Remote Health; 13: 2128

Retrieved 11 February 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2128

Secombe PJ, Brown A, Kruger PS, Stewart PC (2013)

Lipid profiles and persisting inflammation following critical illness in a Central Australian population: a prospective longitudinal observational study.

Internal Medicine Journal; 43(4): 445-449

Tanamas SK, Magliano DJ, Lynch B, Sethi P, Willenberg L, Polkinghorne KR, Chadban S, Dunstan D, Shaw JE (2013)

AusDiab 2012 : the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study.

Melbourne: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Wang Z, Hoy WE (2013)

Age-dependent decline of association between obesity and coronary heart disease: a cohort study in a remote Australian Aboriginal community.

BMJ Open; 3(11): e004042

Retrieved 25 November 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004042

Wang Z, Hoy WE (2013)

Lifetime risk of developing coronary heart disease in Aboriginal Australians: a cohort study.

BMJ Open; 3(1)

Retrieved 30 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002308

Waters A, Trinh L, Chau T, Bourchier M, Moon L (2013)

Latest statistics on cardiovascular disease in Australia.

Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology; 40(6): 347–356

Zeitz C, Brown A, Tavella R, Worthley M, Worthley S, Chew D, Arstall M, Beltrame J (2013)

Outcomes of cardiac catheterisation procedures in Indigenous Australians.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 22(Supplement 1): S253

2012

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian health survey: first results, 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Multiple causes of death: an analysis of all natural and selected chronic disease causes of death 1997–2007.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Risk factors contributing to chronic disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bhatia B, You J, Guthridge S (2012)

Heart attack incidence in young Territory adults.

The Chronicle; 24(2): 14-15

Brown A, Kritharides L (2012)

Overview: the 2nd Indigenous cardiovascular health conference of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Heart, Lung and Circulation;

Retrieved 8 August 2012 from http://www.heartlungcirc.org/article/S1443-9506(12)01106-7/abstract

Brown A (2012)

Addressing cardiovascular inequalities among Indigenous Australians.

Global Cardiology Science and Practice; 2012: 2

Retrieved 13 Jun 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.5339/gcsp.2012.2

Clark RA, Coffee N, Turner D, Eckert KA, van Gaans D, Wilkinson D, Stewart S, Tonkin AM (2012)

Application of geographic modeling techniques to quantify spatial access to health services before and after an acute cardiac event.

Circulation; 125(16): 2006-2014

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2012)

Healthy lifestyle programs for physical activity and nutrition.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report assesses the evidence regarding the effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition intervention programs in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in Indigenous communities. The report also describes the burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease) affecting Indigenous Australians and assesses strategies that have the potential to be affective.

The authors conclude from the evidence that healthy lifestyle programs can help to combat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In particular, the programs that were found to be most effective were community-based projects that were initiated and managed by the communities in which they were run. Individual, family and group-based Indigenous healthy lifestyle projects were found to have positive effects in the short term (up to two years). It is not known whether these effects are sustained in the long term as few programs have both the resources and impetus to continue long term.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Condon JR, You J, McDonnell J (2012)

Performance of comorbidity indices in measuring outcomes after acute myocardial infarction in Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients.

Internal Medicine Journal; 42(7): e165-e173

Davidson PM, MacIsaac A, Cameron J, Jeremy R, Mahar L, Anderson I (2012)

Problems, solutions and actions: addressing barriers in acute hospital care for Indigenous Australians and New Zealanders.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 21(10): 639–643

Gray C, Brown A, Thomson N (2012)

Review of cardiovascular health among Indigenous Australians.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Higgins R, Murphy B, Worcester M, Daffey A (2012)

Supporting chronic disease self-management: translating policies and principles into clinical practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(1): 80-87

Katzenellenbogen JM, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MST, Briffa TG, Ridout SC, Knuiman MW, Dimer L, Taylor KP, Thompson PL, Thompson SC (2012)

Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal differentials in 2-year outcomes following non-fatal first-ever acute MI persist after adjustment for comorbidity.

European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation; 19(5): 983-990

Kowanko I, Helps Y, Harvey P, Battersby M, McCurry B, Carbine R, Boyd J, Abdulla O (2012)

Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities: final report 2011.

Adelaide: Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

The main aim of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities project was to evaluate the effectiveness of tailoring mainstream chronic care management strategies to suit Indigenous clients and settings. This was achieved through assessing the health outcomes and impacts, and the sustainability of the strategies. The strategies included:

  • structured care planning focused on clients' problems and goals
  • training in chronic disease self management and management support for health staff and peer leaders
  • coordinated holistic team care.

Data collection involved the analysis of health service records of 36 clients involved in chronic care management over 1-10 years, and semi-structured interviews with 18 clients and 12 staff.

The research was conducted by a team from Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, in collaboration with Aboriginal clients and community members from Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc. and Riverland Commuity Health Service.

The authors conclude that people involved in structured chronic condition management strategies (eg care plans) improve their health and wellbeing over time. A range of barriers and enablers of chronic condition management strategies were identified and the authors highlight the importance of tailoring new initiatives to suit individual needs and local circumstances.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Li L, Li SQ, Guthridge S (2012)

Leading causes of death of Territorians aged 25-54 years.

The Chronicle; 24(2): 11-12

Li M, McCulloch B, McDermott R (2012)

Metabolic syndrome and incident coronary heart disease in Australian Indigenous populations.

Obesity; 20(6): 1308–1312

McGrady M, Krum H, Carrington MJ, Stewart S, Zeitz C, Lee GA, Marwick TH, Haluska BA, Brown A (2012)

Heart failure, ventricular dysfunction and risk factor prevalence in Australian Aboriginal peoples: the Heart of the Heart Study.

Heart; 98(21): 1562-1567

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).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cardiovascular risk profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (2012)

National Heart Foundation of Australia

This factsheet gives general advice on the cardiovascular risk profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia with information on:

  • mortality
  • hospitalisations
  • prevalence data
  • clinical risk factors
  • lifestyle risk factors.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Guidelines for the assessment and management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk (2012)

National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance

This resource package was developed to assist health care professionals to assess their clients absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. The package has guidelines and quick reference guides and includes videos titled:

  • Absolute risk and what it means in practice
  • Reducing barriers to using an absolute risk approach
  • Engaging patients to think about absolute risk
  • Absolute risk assessment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • Other issues in absolute risk assessment.

The guidelines make recommendations for assessing and managing absolute CVD risk in adults aged over 45 years (35 years for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples) who are without known CVD. Risk assessment and management algorithms are provided.

The package is an initiative of the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA).

Abstract adapted from Heart Foundation

Queensland Health (2012)

The health of Queenslanders 2012: advancing good health. Fourth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Randall DA, Jorm LR, Lujic S, O'Loughlin AJ, Churches TR, Haines MM, Eades SJ, Leyland AH (2012)

Mortality after admission for acute myocardial infarction in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in New South Wales, Australia: a multilevel data linkage study.

BMC Public Health; 12(281):

Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Fitzgerald M (2012)

The risk status, screening history and health concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(5): 617–624

Taylor AW, Marin T, Avery J, Grande D (2012)

South Australian Aboriginal health survey.

Adelaide: South Australian Population Research and Outcome Studies

This report provides information on chronic diseases among Indigenous people in South Australia, including the social determinants of health and some risk and protective factors. It includes information on:

  • kidney disease
  • hearing problems
  • mental health
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Tchan M, Cass A, Buckland A, Kong M (2012)

The outback vascular health service evaluation report.

Broken Hill, NSW: Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation

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

Woods JA, Katzenellenbogen JM, Davidson PM, Thompson SC (2012)

Heart failure among Indigenous Australians: a systematic review.

BMC Cardiovascular Disorders; 12: 99

Retrieved 1 November 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2261-12-99

2011

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

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

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

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)

Cardiovascular disease: Australian facts 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides information on the latest available data in Australia on cardiovascular health for policy makers, health professionals and the community. The report covers areas including risk factors for cardiovascular disease, major cardiovascular diseases and health services.

The report includes separate information on cardiovascular diseases which have the greatest impact on the Australian population. The report includes data on trends, prevalence, hospitalisation and mortality for each disease with additional analysis by Indigenous status, remoteness area and socio-economic group.

The report also examines the co-morbidity of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease, using hospitalisation data to highlight the fact that cardiovascular disease is often diagnosed in conjunction with other diseases and complex relationships exist, not only between cardiovascular disease and conditions such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease, but also between each cardiovascular condition.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008–09: an analysis by remoteness and disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Life expectancy and mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This overview is a summary of Indigenous health and welfare at the national level. Topics covered include:

  • demographic characteristics
  • determinants of health and welfare: socioeconomic factors, housing, community capacity, behavioural factors, and social and emotional wellbeing
  • health and functioning: disability, community functioning, and health conditions
  • mortality and life expectancy of mothers and babies, children, young people and older people
  • health care and support services, including health and welfare expenditure.

The report compares Indigenous statistics to the non-Indigenous statistics on the same health and welfare issues and provides time series data where available. It relates the picture of Indigenous health and welfare to the goals set by the Council of Australian Governments and the raft of measures under Closing the gap agreement aimed at reducing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For the first time, the report looks at the impact of chronic diseases on the life expectancy gap, currently estimated to be 12 years for men and 10 years for women. It shows that about 80% of the mortality gap can be attributed to chronic diseases, most significantly heart diseases (22%), diabetes (12%) and liver diseases (11%).

The report is accompanied by nine online papers on specific topics, available from the Indigenous observatory: Indigenous life expectancy and mortality, child safety, eye health, disability, access to health services, chronic disease and older people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Bailie RS, Si D, Connors CM, Kwedza R, O'Donoghue L, Kennedy C, Cox R, Liddle H, Hains J, Dowden MC, Burke HP, Brown A, Weeramanthri T, Thompson S (2011)

Variation in quality of preventive care for well adults in Indigenous community health centres in Australia.

BMC Health Services Research; 11: 139

Retrieved 1 June 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/11/139

Bhuyan RR, Crouch G, Chaudhuri K, Edwards JRM, Worthington M, Stuklis RG (2011)

Outcome of coronary artery bypass grafting surgery in Indigenous Australian population.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 20(12): 793

Burgess CP, Bailie RS, Connors CM, Chenhall RD, McDermott RA, O'Dea K, Gunabarra C, Matthews HL, Esterman AJ (2011)

Early identification and preventive care for elevated cardiovascular disease risk within a remote Australian Aboriginal primary health care service.

BMC Health Services Research; 11: 24

Retrieved 31 January 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6963-11-24.pdf

Cadilhac DA, Magnus A, Sheppard L, Cumming TB, Pearce DC, Carter R (2011)

The societal benefits of reducing six behavioural risk factors: an economic modelling study from Australia.

BMC Public Health; 11: 483

Retrieved 21 June 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/483

Cargo M, Marks E, Brimblecombe J, Scarlett M, Maypilama E, Dhurrkay JG, Daniel M (2011)

Integrating an ecological approach into an Aboriginal community-based chronic disease prevention program: a longitudinal process evaluation.

BMC Public Health; 11: 299

Retrieved 11 May 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-11-299.pdf

Daniel M, Lekkas P, Cargo M, Stankov I, Brown A (2011)

Environmental risk conditions and pathways to cardiometabolic diseases in Indigenous populations.

Annual Review of Public Health; 32: 327-347

De Sciscio P, Baker RA, Bennetts J (2011)

Off-pump coronary artery bypass improves postoperative morbidity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Australians.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 20(12): 792-793

Department of Health and Ageing (2011)

Closing the gap: the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package in 2010-11 annual progress report on the Australian Government's contribution to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Hayman N (2011)

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

Australian Prescriber; 34(2): 38-40

Helps Y, Kowanko I (2011)

Riverland Aboriginal chronic disease support group community storybook 2011.

Melbourne: Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

This community storybook showcases the Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group (RACDSG). The storybook demonstrates how, in partnership with health professionals, Aboriginal people from the Riverland area in rural South Australia are taking an active part in managing their chronic conditions. The storybook tells how and why RACDSG was formed, and how the Riverland Community Health Service is involved with RACDSG. Also described are:

  • achievements and benefits of RACDSG to date
  • several stories and tips from individual members
  • some related activities in the region
  • how this work fits into a larger research project about chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities.

Abstract adapted from Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group

Jowsey T, Yen L, Wells R, Leeder S (2011)

National Health and Hospital Reform Commission final report and patient-centred suggestions for reform.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 17(2): 162-168

JowseyT, Yen L, Aspin C, Ward NJ, The SCIPPS Team (2011)

People I can call on: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of chronic illness. Community report. Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study.

Canberra: Menzies Centre for Health Policy

Katzenellenbogen JM, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MS, Briffa TG, Ridout SC, Knuiman MW, Dimer L, Taylor KP, Thompson PL, Thompson SC (2011)

Variable effects of prevalence correction of population denominators on differentials in myocardial infarction incidence: a record linkage study in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology; 64(6): 658-666

Krum H, Jelinek MV, Stewart S, Sindone A, Atherton JJ (2011)

2011 update to National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia, 2006.

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(8): 405-409

This resource aims to provide current guidance on chronic heart failure (CHF). It summarises recent updates to the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia, 2006.

Areas in which there have been significant new developments include:

  • use of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) or N-terminal proBNP plasma level measurement in guiding treatment of CHF
  • new pharmacological approaches to the treatment of systolic heart failure
  • drugs to avoid or use with caution in CHF
  • treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in patients with CHF
  • multidisciplinary care and post-discharge management programs.

Abstract adapted from Medical Journal Australia

Liaw ST, Lau P, Pyett P, Furler J, Burchill M, Rowley K, Kelaher M (2011)

Successful chronic disease care for Aboriginal Australians requires cultural competence.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(3): 238-248

McDermott RA, McCulloch B, Li M (2011)

Glycaemia and albuminuria as predictors of coronary heart disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: a north Queensland cohort.

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(10): 514-518

National Heart Foundation, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2011)

Guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia. Updated July 2011.

Deakin, ACT: National Heart Foundation

This report outlines the updated guidelines of the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia, 2006.

The guidelines have been developed from all available published evidence until 30 November 2010 for the most effective diagnosis, management and prevention of coronary heart failure. The aims of the guidelines are to obtain better health outcomes by improving the management of coronary heart failure and to reduce unwarranted variation from best practice treatment of coronary heart failure throughout Australia.

The target audiences includes general practitioners, general physicians, cardiologists, registrars and hospital resident medical officers, nurses and other allied health professionals, and educators.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Prabhu A, Tully PJ, Tuble S, Bennetts J, Baker RA (2011)

Morbidity and morality outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples after isolated cornary artery bypass graft surgery.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 20(12): 792

Reilly R, Doyle J, Daniel M, Aitken L/, Atkinson V, Briggs P, Calleja J, Charles S, Mohamed J, Patten R, Rowley K (2011)

A pilot study of psychosocial factors and cardiovascular risk amongst Aboriginal people living in the Goulburn Valley.

Journal of Rural and Tropical Public Health; 10: 8-14

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

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011 overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

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

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

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

Andreasyan K, Hoy WE (2010)

Recent patterns in chronic disease mortality in remote living Indigenous Australians.

BMC Public Health; 10: 483

Retrieved 16 August 2010 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-10-483

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Causes of death Australia, 2008.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

Deaths, Australia, 2009.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Oct 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:

  • The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
  • The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
  • Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
  • Socio-economic outcomes continute to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
  • More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
  • The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program – Indigenous chronic disease 2009-2013 guidelines.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

This guideline is designed to be partnered with the Medical ppecialist outreach assistance program - Indigenous chronic disease (MSOAP-ICD) policy framework.

The guidelines aim to increase access to a range of health services, including expanded primary health care, provided to people in rural and remote Indigenous communities for the treatment and management of chronic disease.

The MSOAP-ICD measure will focus service delivery in outreach locations on the following chronic conditions:

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • chronic respiratory disease
  • chronic renal (kidney) disease
  • cancer.

The objectives of the MSOAP-ICD measure are to:

  • support health professionals to provide outreach services to rural and remote Indigenous communities
  • increase the range of services offered by visiting health professionals to detect, manage and prevent chronic disease more effectively
  • foster the collaboration between health services in the local Indigenous community and visiting health professionals to target the delivery of essential treatment to patients with chronic disease
  • improve ongoing management and continuity of patient care
  • provide up-skilling opportunities in the outreach location
  • work with communities to build knowledge and support informed self-care.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Australian hospital statistics 2008-09.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Cardiovascular disease mortality: trends at different ages.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2006-07: an analysis by remoteness and disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Premature mortality from chronic disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Women and heart disease: cardiovascular profile of women in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bradshaw PJ, Alfonso HS, Finn J, Owen J, Thompson PL (2010)

A comparison of coronary heart disease event rates among urban Australian Aboriginal people and a matched non-Aboriginal population.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 65(4): 315-319

Briffa TG, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MST, Ridout SC, Katzenellenbogen JM, Thompson PL, Thompson SC (2010)

Under-ascertainment of Aboriginality in records of cardiovascular disease in hospital morbidity and mortality data in Western Australia: a record linkage study.

BMC Medical Research Methodology; 10: 111

Retrieved 30 December 2010 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2288-10-111.pdf

Brown A (2010)

Acute coronary syndromes in Indigenous Australians: opportunities for improving outcomes across the continuum of care.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(5-6): 325-336

Chronic Care for Aboriginal People (2010)

Clinical services redesign program: chronic care for Aboriginal people model of care.

North Sydney: NSW Health Centre for Aboriginal Health

Closing The Gap: Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease (2010)

Indigenous chronic disease package: monitoring and evaluation framework.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Cunningham J (2010)

Socioeconomic disparities in self-reported cardiovascular disease for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian adults: analysis of national survey data.

Population Health Metrics; 8: 31

Retrieved 24 November 2010 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-7954-8-31

Daniel M, Lekkas P, Cargo M (2010)

Environments and cardiometabolic diseases in Aboriginal populations.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(5-6): 306-315

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

Gordon R (2010)

Factors that contribute to chronic disease in Aboriginal people.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Greaney D (2010)

Prevalence of heart failure with preserved systolic function in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Far North Queensland.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(5): 36-38

Halcomb EJ, Davidson PM, Brown N (2010)

Uptake of Medicare chronic disease items in Australia by general practice nurses and Aboriginal health workers.

Collegian; 17(2): 57-61

Heart Foundation (2010)

Developing patient resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: findings from a needs analysis for chronic heart failure.

Canberra: Heart Foundation

Hoy WE, Davey RL, Sharma S, Hoy PW, Smith JM, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan S (2010)

Chronic disease profiles in remote Aboriginal settings and implications for health services planning.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(1): 11-18

Huffman MD, Galloway JM (2010)

Cardiovascular health in Indigenous communities: successful programs.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(5-6): 351-360

Ipsos-Eureka Social Research Institute, Winangali Pty Ltd (2010)

Developmental research to inform the local Indigenous community campaigns to promote better health.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Jeremy R, Tonkin A, White H, Riddell T, Brieger D, Walsh W, Zeitz C, Brown A, Kritharides L (2010)

Improving cardiovascular care for Indigenous populations.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(5-6): 344-350

Johnson S, Jennings G, Mott K (2010)

'Diabetes: bad for the heart!'.

The Chronicle; 16(1): 26-27

Katzenellenbogen JM, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MS, Briffa TG, Ridout SC, Knuiman MW, Dimer L, Taylor KP, Thompson PL, Thompson SC (2010)

Incidence of and case fatality following acute myocardial infarction in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians (2000-2004): a linked data study.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(12): 717-725

Li M, McDermott RA (2010)

Using anthropometric indices to predict cardio-metabolic risk factors in Australian Indigenous populations.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; 87(3): 401-406

Liu H, Patel A, Brown A, Eades S, Hayman N, Jan S, Ring I, Stewart G, Tonkin A, Weeramanthri T, Wade V, Rodgers A, Usherwood T, Neal B, Peiris D, Burke H, Reid C, Cass A (2010)

Rationale and design of the Kanyini guidelines adherence with the polypill (Kanyini-GAP) study: a randomised controlled trial of a polypill-based strategy amongst Indigenous and non Indigenous people at high cardiovascular risk.

BMC Public Health; 10: 458

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-458.pdf

Luke J, Rowley K, Brown A (2010)

Cardiovascular risk for Aboriginal people in Central Australia: evaluation of PBS lipid treatment guidelines.

The Chronicle; 16(1): 28

Maple-Brown LJ, Cunningham J, Nandi N, Hodge A, O'Dea K (2010)

Fibrinogen and associated risk factors in a high-risk population: urban Indigenous Australians, the DRUID Study.

Cardiovascular Diabetology; 9(69): 1-26

Peiris D, Mohsin M, Jenkins A, Hughes C, Cass A (2010)

Robust data to close the gap: current vascular and maternal/newborn indicators as measures of progress in Aboriginal health in New South Wales.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(6): 563–571

Queensland Health, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section), Apunipima Cape York Health Council (2010)

Chronic disease guidelines: 3rd edition.

Cairns, Qld: Queensland Health

These guidelines are designed for use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, nurses, allied health practitioners and doctors in Queensland.

The guidelines are evidence-based and for use in the planning or delivery of chronic disease prevention, detection and management activities in Indigenous populations.

The guidelines cover:

  • chronic disease system enablers
  • health promotion
  • self management
  • child health check
  • adult health check
  • medication safety
  • management of diagnosed conditions
  • continuous quality improvement in primary health care.

Each guideline is extensively reviewed and/or developed using the expertise and knowledge of clinicians with experience working in the rural and remote setting and are endorsed by the appropriate clinical networks and expert bodies.

The guidelines are developed in partnership with the Apunipima Cape York Health Council, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Queensland Health's Office of Rural and Remote Health.

Abstract adapted from Queensland Health

Queensland Health (2010)

The health of Queenslanders 2010: third report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Reath J, Brown N (2010)

Managing cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Prescriber; 33(3): 72-75

Ride K, Thomson N (2010)

Summary of Indigenous health: cardiovascular health status.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(1): 7-10

Roe YL, Clark RA (2010)

Differences in treatment and management of Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients presenting with chest pain: results of the Heart Protection Partnership (HPP) Study [letter to the editor].

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(11): 691

Rohde SL, Matebele M, Pohlner P, Radford D, Wall D, Fraser JF (2010)

Excellent cardiac surgical outcomes in paediatric Indigenous patients, but follow-up difficulties.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 19(9): 517-522

Snowdon W (2010)

Chronic disease and Indigenous health.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): s4

Thomson N, MacRae A, Burns J, Catto M, Debuyst O, Krom I, Midford R, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2010)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2010.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Wang Z, Si D, Hoy WE (2010)

Mental disorders due to substance use and cardiovascular disease risk in Aboriginal adults: letter.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 566

Webster R, McGill K, Kennedy B (2010)

Coronary heart disease mortality, hospital admission, and procedure rates for Indigenous Queenslanders.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

2009

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

National Health Survey: summary of results, 2007-2008 (reissue).

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2009)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2009.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Impact of falling cardiovascular disease death rates: deaths delayed and years of life extended.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: targeting risk factors.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bradshaw PJ, Alfonso HS, Finn JC, Owen J, Thompson PL (2009)

Coronary heart disease events in Aboriginal Australians: incidence in an urban population.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 583-586

Brown A (2009)

Bridging the survival gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: priorities for the road ahead.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 18(2): 96-100

Burchill LJ (2009)

The role of the CSANZ in 'Closing the Gap': An Indigenous cardiologists perspective.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 18(2): 101-103

Fearnley E, Li SQ, Guthridge S (2009)

Trends in chronic disease mortality in the Northern Territory Aboriginal population, 1997-2004: using underlying and multiple causes of death.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 33(6): 551-555

Haysom L, Williams RE, Hodson EM, Lopez-Vargas P, Roy LP, Lyle DM, Craig JC (2009)

Cardiovascular risk factors in Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous children: a population-based study.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 45(1-2): 20-27

Howard M (2009)

Healthy breathing and heart: stage 2: final report for the National Rural Primary Health Projects Initiative.

Darwin: Charles Darwin University

Jeon YH, Essue B, Jan S, Wells R, Whitworth JA (2009)

Economic hardship associated with managing chronic illness: a qualitative inquiry.

BMC Health Services Research; (9): 182

Retrieved 9 October 2009 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6963-9-182.pdf

Lawrence M, Dodd Z, Mohor S, Dunn S, de Crespigny C, Power C, MacKean L (2009)

Improving the patient journey: achieving positive outcomes for remote Aboriginal cardiac patients.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

LehmanSJ, Baker RA, Aylward PE, Knight JL, Chew DP (2009)

Outcomes of cardiac surgery in Indigenous Australians.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 588-593

Luke JN, Brown A, O’Neal DN, Kerin O’Dea K, Jenkins AJ, Kelaher M, Best JD, Rowley KG (2009)

Lipid treatment guidelines and cardiovascular risk for Aboriginal people in Central Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 552-556

McDonald H (2009)

Australian Indigenous adolescents with chronic conditions: sociocultural context.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 45(11): 629-632

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2009)

Service activity reporting 2007-2008 key results: a national profile of Australian Government funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Peiris DP, Patel AA, Cass A, Howard MP, Tchan ML, Brady JP, De Vries J, Rickards BA, Yarnold DJ, Hayman NE, Brown AE (2009)

Cardiovascular disease risk management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in primary health care settings: findings from the Kanyini Audit.

Medical Journal of Australia; 191(6): 304-309

Sayers S, Singh G, Mott S, McDonnell J, Hoy W (2009)

Relationships between birthweight and biomarkers of chronic disease in childhood: Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study 1987–2001.

Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology; 23(6): 548-556

Sellers EAC, Singh GR, Sayers SM (2009)

Apo-B/AI ratio identifies cardiovascular risk in childhood: the Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort study.

Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research; 6(2): 94-99

Shemesh T, Rowley KG, Jenkins AJ, Best JD, O'Dea K (2009)

C-reactive protein concentrations are very high and more stable over time than the traditional vascular risk factors total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure in an Australian Aboriginal cohort.

Clinical Chemistry; 55(2): 336-341

Taylor KP, Thompson SC, Smith JS, Dimer L, Ali M, Wood MM (2009)

Exploring the impact of an Aboriginal Health Worker on hospitalised Aboriginal experiences: lessons from cardiology.

Australian Health Review; 33(4): 549-557

Thomson N, Ride K (2009)

Summary of the cardiovascular health status of Indigenous peoples.

Retrieved from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/chronic-conditions/cvd/reviews/our-review

You J, Condon JR, Zhao Y, Guthridge S (2009)

Incidence and survival after acute myocardial infarction in Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, 1992–2004.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(6): 298-302

2008

Abbott P, Davison J, Moore L (2008)

Too many of us have gone early: priorities in heart health education for Aboriginal people.

Australian Family Physician; 37(4): 266-268

Abeywardana S, Sullivan EA (2008)

Congenital anomalies in Australia 2002–2003.

Sydney: AIHW National Perinatal Statistics Unit

Assche AF, Stephens DP (2008)

Infective endocarditis with Abiotrophia defectiva: the first Australian experience.

Critical Care and Resuscitation; 10(1): 53-54

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2008.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This major report presents a broad national picture of the health and welfare of the Indigenous population and explores the disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Topics covered include:

  • the demographic, social and economic context
  • education and health
  • housing circumstances
  • disability and ageing
  • mothers and children
  • health status
  • health risk factors
  • mortality
  • health services - provision, access and use
  • community services
  • Torres Strait Islander people

The findings of the report demonstrate that the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remains poor compared with the rest of the Australian population and they experience many disadvantages. Changes over time in the health and welfare outcomes for Indigenous people have been described where possible. Life expectancy among Indigenous men and women remains approximately 17 years less than among their non-Indigenous counterparts, but some health improvements have been noted. Declines were identified in Indigenous mortality rates in Western Australia and in infant mortality rates in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. There have also been improvements in some of the social determinants of health, particularly in education, employment and home ownership.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2008)

Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program.

Retrieved 23 July 2008 from http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ctg/publishing.nsf/Content/MSOAP-Indigenous-Chronic-Disease-Policy-Framework

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2008 report: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Health care expenditure on cardiovascular diseases 2004–05.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides information on the the total allocated health system expenditure associated with cardiovascular disease in Australia. The report covers expenditure during the period 2004-05. Estimates of expenditure are presented by age, sex, and type of cardiovascular disease.

Expenditure estimates are available for the following areas of healthcare:

  • hospital-admitted patients
  • out-of-hospital medical services
  • prescription
  • pharmaceuticals
  • and research.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Indicators for chronic diseases and their determinants: 2008.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bailie R, Si D, Connors C, Weeramanthri T, Clark L, Dowden M, O'Donoghue L, Condon J, Thompson S, Clelland N, Nagel T, Gardner K, Brown A (2008)

Study protocol: audit and best practice for Chronic Disease Extension (ABCDE) Project.

BMC Health Services Research; 8(http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-8-184): 184

Retrieved 9 September 2010 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-8-184

Barnard H (2008)

"Health at the Heart of Australia" 2008 joint CDN and ACRA conference a success!.

The Chronicle; 11(5): 1-8

Barnard H (2008)

"Health at the Heart of Australia" Indigenous participation.

The Chronicle; 11(5): 14-15

Brown A, Stewart S, Beever W, Currie B (2008)

Differentials in patterns and outcomes of acute coronary syndromes in Aboriginal Australians: data from the Central Australian secondary prevention of acute coronary syndromes [CASPA] study.

Heart Lung and Circulation; 17(6): S158

Brown A, Walsh W, Ring I (2008)

Coronary heart disease.

In: Couzos S, Murray R, eds. Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach. 3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 483-520

Carapetis J, Couzos S (2008)

Rheumatic fever.

In: Couzos S, Murray R, eds. Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach. 3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 445-482

Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (2008)

Chronic conditions program.

Canberra: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Couzos S, Murray R (2008)

Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach.

3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Aboriginal Primary Health Care is a definitive guide to best-practice management of the major health problems facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The text is intended to assist health practitioners, policy makers and communities in influencing health determinants, it also advocates for overcoming inertia to change and to strengthen health care provision within a human rights context.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Davidson PM, DiGiacomo M, Abbott P, Zecchin R, Heal PE, Mieni L, Sheerin N, Smith J, Mark A, Bradbery B, Davison J (2008)

A partnership model in the development and implementation of a collaborative, cardiovascular education program for Aboriginal health workers.

Australian Health Review; 32(1): 139-146

Esler D, Johnston F, Thomas D, Davis B (2008)

The validity of a depression screening tool modified for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(4): 317-321

Haluska BA, Chan L, Jeffriess L, Shaw AA, Shaw J, Marwick TH (2008)

Correlates of preclinical cardiovascular disease in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: a case control study.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound; 6: 36

Retrieved from http://www.cardiovascularultrasound.com/content/6/1/36/abstract/

National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2008)

Reducing risk in heart disease 2007: guidelines for preventing cardiovascular events in people with coronary heart disease: updated 2008.

Canberra: National Heart Foundation of Australia

National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (2008)

Reducing risk in heart disease 2007: a summary guide for preventing cardiovascular events in people with coronary heart disease: updated 2008.

Canberra: National Heart Foundation of Australia

O'Neal DN, Piers LS, Iser DM, Rowley KG, Jenkins AJ, Best JD, O'Dea K (2008)

Australian Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have an atherogenic lipid profile that is characterised by low HDL-cholesterol level and small LDL particles.

Journal of Atherosclerosis Research; 201(2): 368-377

Penm E (2008)

Cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2004-05.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents national information for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its associated risk factors, as well as on deaths due to CVD. Results are based mostly on analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' most recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and National Health Survey conducted in 2004-05.
Topics covered include:

  • background demographic and overall health status
  • cardiovascular disease
  • risk factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease

The findings of the report demonstrate cardiovascular disease is a major health problem among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 2004-05, one in eight Indigenous Australians had cardiovascular disease as a long-term condition with the disease found to be more common in woman and older people. Between 2002 and 2005, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death, accounting for 27% of all Indigenous deaths. Death rates in Indigenous Australians were 3 times as high as in non-Indigenous Australians with nearly all cardiovascular risk factors found to be more common among Indigenous Australians than in non-Indigenous Australians.

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Population Health Division (NSW) (2008)

The health of the people of New South Wales – report of the Chief Health Officer, data book – Aboriginal peoples.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

PricewaterhouseCoopers (2008)

The Walgan Tilly Project: chronic care for Aboriginal people: final report.

Sydney: NSW Health

Queensland Health (2008)

The health of Queenslanders: prevention of chronic disease.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Reilly RE, Doyle J, Bretherton D, Rowley KG, Harvey JL, Briggs P, Charles S, Calleja J, Patten R, Atkinson V (2008)

Identifying psychosocial mediators of health amongst Indigenous Australians for the Heart Health Project.

Ethnicity & Health; 13(4): 351-373

Vlack S (2008)

Chronic disease – the theory.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Zhao Y, Connors C, Wright J, Guthridge S, Bailie R (2008)

Estimating chronic disease prevalence among the remote Aboriginal population of the Northern Territory using multiple data sources.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(4): 307-313

 
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