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References for the key publications about diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.

2014

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2014)

General practice management of type 2 diabetes: 2014-2015.

Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

These guidelines support general practitioners (GPs) and their teams to provide high-quality management by providing up-to-date, evidence-based information tailored for general practice.

Each section (where possible) has information on:

  • recommendations
  • clinical information for the practitioner
  • what the practitioner can do.

Information specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is highlighted in boxed text.

Abstract adapted from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

2013

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of the first findings from the 2012-13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey provides information on long-term health conditions, health risk factors, selected social and emotional wellbeing indicators, health measurements, and health related actions for Indigenous Australian peoples. Information is included on Indigenous peoples living in remote and non-remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Diabetes Australia (2013)

Diabetes in Australia.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/Understanding-Diabetes/Diabetes-in-Australia/

2009

Dussart F (2009)

Diet, diabetes and relatedness in a central Australian Aboriginal settlement: some qualitative recommendations to facilitate the creation of culturally sensitive health promotion initiatives.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 20(3): 202-207

2008

Atkinson D, Murray R, Couzos S (2008)

Diabetes.

In: Couzos S, Murray R, eds. Aboriginal primary health care: an evidence-based approach. 3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 521-574

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Diabetes: Australian facts 2008.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

2007

O'Dea K, Rowley KG, Brown A (2007)

Diabetes in Indigenous Australians: possible ways forward.

Medical Journal of Australia; 186(10): 494-495

2006

Gracey M, Bridge E, Martin D, Jones TW, Spargo RM, Shephard M, Davis EA (2006)

An Aboriginal-driven program to prevent, control and manage nutrition-related "lifestyle" diseases including diabetes.

Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 15(2): 178-188

Type 2 diabetes and other nutrition-related so-called "lifestyle" diseases, including obesity, and cardiovascular and chronic renal disease, are very prevalent in Australian Aboriginal people and contribute to their high rates of chronic illness and premature mortality. An Aboriginal-driven, community-based health protection, health promotion and improved disease detection, management and care program was introduced in four remote, discrete communities in the far north of Western Australia (WA) in order to attempt to prevent these disorders through community-based lifestyle modification. More energetic screening for early risk factors is involved as well as early dietary and exercise interventions and medical treatment, when indicated. Distinctive features of this program include its Aboriginal initiatives and perspectives, committed partnerships between the communities, the Unity of First People of Australia of Australia (UFPA) and its carers, the communities' health care providers, external clinical specialists, other external agencies and a locally-operated point-of-care (POC) pathology testing capability that is conducted by local and UFPA personnel. The POC component is quality managed by Flinders University. These features have ensured the viability of the program in three of the communities; the other one decided not to continue with the program despite risks of serious long-term health consequences. The pre-program prevalence of diabetes in screened adults was almost 40% and in adults aged 35 years was almost 60%. After several months of the program's operation, there have been positive changes in knowledge about food, nutrition, exercise and disease and altered attitudes and behaviours related to dietary and exercise patterns. There have also been improvements in weight control and in pathology test results relevant to the risk of subsequent development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2004

McDermott RA, Tulip F, Schmidt B (2004)

Diabetes care in remote northern Australian Indigenous communities.

Medical Journal of Australia; 180(10): 512-516

Wang Z, Hoy WE (2004)

Body size measurements as predictors of type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal people.

International Journal of Obesity; 28: 1580–1584

2003

Irvine J, Kirov E, Thomson N (2003)

Diabetes.

In: Thomson N, ed. The health of Indigenous Australians. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 93-126

McDermott R, Tulip F, Schmidt B, Sinha A (2003)

Sustaining better diabetes care in remote Indigenous Australian communities.

British Medical Journal; 327(7412): 428-430

1998

De Courten M, Hodge A, Dowse G, King I, Vickery J, Zimmet P (1998)

Review of the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis and preventability of diabetes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services

 
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