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This section provides reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications associated with the hospitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature.

2014

Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. (2014)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Perth, WA: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

The book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive and culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into six parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues and influences
  • standards, principles and practice
  • assessment and management
  • working with children, families and communities
  • healing models and programs.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features throughout the book.

Telethon Kids Institute abstract

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: updated results, 2012–13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: in brief.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2014 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the fourtenth 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 7 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 and illicit drug use.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Health expenditure Australia 2011-12: analysis by sector.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

The measurement of patient experience in non-GP primary health care settings.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Timing impact assessment for COAG Closing the Gap targets: child mortality.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report outlines the main determinants impacting on the Council of Australian Government's (COAG) target to halve the gap in child mortality within a decade. These include low birth weight, maternal health and behaviours (smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy) and inadequate or infrequent antenatal care. The report examines interventions that have been shown to be effective in reducing Indigenous child mortality; the time lags between program implementation and expected reductions in child mortality and its risk factors; and data availability to measure outcomes achieved.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Barclay L, Kruske S, Bar-Zeev S, Steenkamp M, Josif C, Narjic CW, Wardaguga M, Belton S, Gao Y, Dunbar T, Kildea S (2014)

Improving Aboriginal maternal and infant health services in the 'Top End' of Australia; synthesis of the findings of a health services research program aimed at engaging stakeholders, developing research capacity and embedding change.

BMC Health Services Research; 14: 241

Retrieved 2 June 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-241

Binks MJ, Smith-Vaughan HC, Bar-Zeev N, Chang AB, Andrews RM (2014)

Vitamin D insufficiency among hospitalised children in the Northern Territory.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.12623):

Chapman R, Smith T, Martin C (2014)

Qualitative exploration of the perceived barriers and enablers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing healthcare through one Victorian Emergency Department.

Contemporary Nurse; 48(1):

COAG Reform Council (2014)

Healthcare in Australia 2012-13: five years of performance.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

COAG Reform Council (2014)

Indigenous reform 2012-13: five years of performance.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

The National Indigenous reform agreement signed in 2009 set out six outcome based reform targets to address Indigenous disadvantage and 'close the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This publication reports on the six Closing the gap targets which include:

  • closing the life expectancy within a generation (by 2031)
  • halving the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade (by 2018)
  • ensuring all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years (by 2013)
  • halving the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade (by 2018)
  • halving the gap for Indigenous people aged 20-24 in year 12 or equivalent attainment rates (by 2020)
  • halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade (by 2018).

Data for this report comes from surveys and administrative collections. The report considers if Indigenous outcomes have improved over the five years since 2008, the areas of concern and recommendations.

Abstract adapted from COAG Reform Council

Harrold TC, Randall DA, Falster MO, Lujic S, Jorm LR (2014)

The contribution of geography to disparities in preventable hospitalisations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

PLoS One; 9(5): e97892

Retrieved 23 May 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097892

Kirkwood CD, Roczo-Farkas S, Bishop RF, Barnes GL (2014)

Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Program annual report, 2012.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 38(1): 1-7

Melton N, Mitchell M, Crilly J, Cooke M (2014)

Patient characteristics and institutional factors associated with those who ‘‘did not wait’’ at a South East Queensland emergency department: Who are those who ‘‘did not wait’’ in ED?.

Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal; 17(1): 11 - 18

Meuleners LB, Fraser ML (2014)

Gender differences in recurrent mental health contact after a hospitalization for interpersonal violence: Western Australia, 1997 to 2008.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence; Online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260514534779):

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2014)

Alcohol and other drug treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

Torzillo PJ, Chang AB (2014)

Acute respiratory infections among Indigenous children.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(10): 559-560

Turner RC, Steffen CM, Boyd P (2014)

Endoscopic duodenal perforation: surgical strategies in a regional centre.

World Journal of Emergency Surgery; 9: 11

Retrieved January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1749-7922-9-11

Victorian Auditor-General (2014)

Accessibility of mainstream services for Aboriginal Victorians.

Melbourne: Victorian Auditor-General's Office

2013

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/docs/wa-overview-2013.pdf

This report provides comprehensive information specific to Western Australia (WA) 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 WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA in 2013. 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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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)

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)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report 2011–12: online services report – key results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the main findings from the 2011-12 online service report data collection which replaces the previous Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health services reporting data collection. In 2011-12, the Australian Government provided direct funding to approximately 300 organisations to deliver comprehensive primary health care and other health services, including substance use, social and emotional wellbeing and mental health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Bringing them home and Link up counselling programs) of which around 60% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled or managed.
The report provides information on the services and their operations including the number of clients seen, episodes of care and client contacts. Primary health care services provided 2.6 million episodes of care of which 350,000 were Indigenous; substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 27,000 Indigenous clients and Bringing them home and Link up counselling services were accessed by about 9,400 Indigenous clients.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Australian hospital statistics 2011–12.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Australian hospital statistics 2011–12: at a glance.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010–11: an analysis by remoteness and disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Indigenous identification in hospital separations data: quality report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides the results of a study on the quality of Indigenous identification in hospitalisations records from public hospitals in Australia undertaken in 2011 and 2012 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in collaboration with state and territory authorities. It presents the results in four categories:

  • at a national level
  • national by remoteness
  • state and territory level
  • remoteness levels within jurisdictions.

The study found that:

  • around 88% of Indigenous patients were correctly identified in Australian public hospital admission records in 2011-12
  • the completeness of Indigenous identification varied by state/territory; it was lowest in the ACT (58%) and highest in the NT (98%)
  • there were wide variations in Indigenous identification by remoteness, ranging from 77% in major cities to 99% (96-100%) in very remote areas.

The report outlines major recommendations.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Movement between hospital and residential aged care 2008-09.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Prostate cancer in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bar-Zeev S, Barclay L, Kruske S, Bar-Zeev N, Gao Y, Kildea S (2013)

Use of maternal health services by remote dwelling Aboriginal women in northern Australia and their disease burden.

Birth; 40(3): 172-181

Department of Health Victoria (2013)

Koori health counts!: Victorian Aboriginal hospital data 2011-12.

Melbourne: Department of Health Victoria

Duckett S, Breadon P, Ginnivan L (2013)

Access all areas: new solutions for GP shortages in rural Australia.

Melbourne: Grattan Institute

Duncan C, Williams K, Nathanson D, Thomas S, Cottier C, O'Meara M, Zwi K (2013)

Emergency department presentations by Aboriginal children: issues for consideration for appropriate health services.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 49(9): E448–E450

Einsiedel LJ, van Iersel E, Macnamara R, Spelman T, Heffernan M, Bray L, Morris H, Brenda Porter B, Davis A (2013)

Self-discharge by adult Aboriginal patients at Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia: insights from a prospective cohort study.

Australian Health Review; 37(2): 239-245

This study was to determine rates and risk factors for self-discharge by Indigenous medical inpatients at Alice Springs Hospital, in the Northern Territory. Rates of self-discharge by Indigenous adults in Central Australia are the highest reported worldwide. Previous studies have been retrospective and focussed on patient demographics without addressing the environmental and cultural contexts in which self-discharge occurs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Footprints in Time (2013)

Footprints in Time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children: report from Wave 4.

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

This report is the fourth in a series of reports produced for each wave of the data collection from a longitudinal study following the development of a group of Indigenous children and examining the factors contributing to their individual and collective outcomes.

Beginning in 2008, the study aims to provide quantitative and qualitative data that can be used to improve the understanding of, and policy response to, the diverse circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities.

The range of topics covered in this report includes:

  • learning and school
  • nutrition and exercise
  • health conditions
  • emotional development
  • family life
  • culture and community
  • socioeconomic disadvantage and children's outcomes
  • breastfeeding
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • housing conditions
  • body mass index of children.

Wave 4 features new questions about children's educational and recreational activities and the use of computers and the internet.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Grimmer K, Beaton K, Kumar S, Hendry K, Moss J, Hillier S, Forward J, Gordge L (2013)

Estimating the risk of functional decline in the elderly after discharge from an Australian public tertiary hospital emergency department.

Australian Health Review; 37(3): 341-347

Guo Y, Wang Z, Li S, Tong S, Barnett AG (2013)

Temperature sensitivity in Indigenous Australians.

Epidemiology; 24(3): 471-472

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

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

Malyon R, Zhao Y, Oates B (2013)

Differences in the cost of admitted patient care for Indigenous people and people from remote locations.

Australian Health Review; 37(1): 26-31

Moore HC, Manoharan KR, Lim FJ, Shellam G, Lehmann D (2013)

Diverging trends in gastroenteritis hospitalizations during 2 decades in Western Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 32(11): 1169-1174

Munns A, Shields L (2013)

Indigenous families' use of a tertiary children's hospital in Australia.

Nursing Children and Young People; 25(7): 16-23

Osborne K, Baum F, Brown L (2013)

What works? A review of actions addressing the social and economic determinants of Indigenous health.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report provides information on what works, what does not work, and what information is missing on the social and economic determinants of Indigenous health. It provides information on a number of social and economic determinants, including:

  • education
  • connection to family, community, country, and culture
  • employment and income
  • housing
  • racism
  • interactions with government systems
  • criminal justice system
  • health behaviours.

This report provides information on policies, and programs and projects relating to the social determinants of Indigenous health that provide concrete examples of 'what works'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Panzironi F (2013)

Hand-in-Hand. Report on Aboriginal traditional medicine.

Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY): Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC)

This report investigates the status of Aboriginal traditional medicine in Australia and assesses the extent that Aboriginal traditional medicine is recognised and integrated in the health care system. It provides a systematic response to the issues and challenges identified and establishes the foundations for the recognition of Aboriginal traditional medicine in Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy.

It proposes a new South Australian statewide policy framework which builds on the strengths of current arrangements and untangles the identified barriers. The proposed policy framework establishes a two-way health care model to guarantee Aboriginal traditional healing is systematically provided hand-in-hand with western medicine.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this report contains references to people who have since passed away.

Abstract adapted from Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corportation

Rocha CM, Kruger E, McGuire S, Tennant M (2013)

The geographic distribution of patients seeking emergency dental care at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Australia.

Community Dental Health; 30(3): 149 - 154

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

Xu F, Bonello M, Burns L, Austin M-P, Li Z, Sullivan E (2013)

Hospital admissions for alcohol use disorders before, during, and after pregnancy: a study based on linked population data in New South Wales, Australia.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 37(10): 1706–1712

Yong TY, Fok JS, Hakendorf P, Ben-Tovim D, Thompson CH, Li JY (2013)

Characteristics and outcomes of discharges against medical advice among hospitalised patients.

Internal Medicine Journal; 43(7): 798–802

Zhao Y, You J, Wright J, Guthridge SL, Lee AH (2013)

Health inequity in the Northern Territory, Australia.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 12: 79

Retrieved 13 September 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-12-79

2012

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's hospitals 2010-11, at a glance.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australian hospital statistics 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australian hospital statistics 2011-12: elective surgery waiting times.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australian hospital statistics 2011-12: emergency department care.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Surgery in Australian hospitals 2010–11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Medical Association (2012)

AMA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health audit report: progress to date and challenges that remain.

Canberra: Australian Medical Association

This report card presents the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Taskforce on Indigenous health's audit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services. The report card considers the progress that has been made by Australian governments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and the challenges that still exist, as measured against the key recommendations the AMA has made in five priority areas over the last 10 years, including:

  • provision of primary health care appropriate to need
  • strong workforce for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • high quality health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • health risk factors and social determinants
  • governance and monitoring.

The report lists the recommendations together with major government measures, programs and initiatives that have been adopted, the challenges that still exist and the work that still needs to be done.

Abstract adapted from AMA

Australian Medical Association (2012)

AMA Indigenous health report cards [2002 - 2011].

Canberra: Australian Medical Association

Bar-Zeev SJ, Barclay L, Farrington C, Kildea S (2012)

From hospital to home: the quality and safety of a postnatal discharge system used for remote dwelling Aboriginal mothers and infants in the top end of Australia.

Midwifery; 28(3): 366–373

Bentley JP, Taylor LK, Brandt PG (2012)

Reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection: the 2010 Data Quality Survey.

NSW Public Health Bulletin; 23(2): 17-20

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

Guthrie J (2012)

Estimating the magnitude of potentially avoidable hospitalisations of Indigenous children in the Australian Capital Territory: some methodological challenges.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; 2012(1): 92-97

Health Statistics New South Wales (2012)

Health statistics New South Wales: selected reports: associated information for hospitalisations for all causes by Aboriginality.

Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health

Katzenellenbogen J, Sanfilippo F, Briffa T, Hobbs M, Knuiman M, Dimer L, Taylor K, Thompson S (2012)

Factors associated with discharge against medical advice within year of first-ever IHD hospital admissions in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 21(10): 658

Kelly J, Dwyer J, Pekarsky B, Mackean T, Willis E, Battersby M, Glover J (2012)

Managing two worlds together: stage 2 - patient journey mapping tools.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

This paper describes the patient journey mapping tool and frameworks used in the Managing two worlds together (MTWT) project. Through interviews and focus groups with patients, their carer/family, and health care providers, the paper explores the barriers and enablers, gaps and strategies in relation to the journeys of country Aboriginal patients from rural and remote locations to city hospitals and their return. The primary aim of the MTWT project is to enhance existing knowledge of the strengths, and areas of improvement, in the care of Aboriginal patients from rural and remote areas of South Australia by exploring what happens when they come to Adelaide for hospital care. The project is comprised of two stages, with Stage 1 focusing on the problems, and Stage 2 focusing on solutions. The patient journey mapping tools are the first output of Stage 2.

Abstract adapted from Managing two worlds together: stage 2 - patient journey mapping tools

Li SQ, Pircher SLM, Guthridge SL (2012)

Trends in alcohol-attributable hospitalisation in the Northern Territory, 1998–99 to 2008–09.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(6): 341-344

National Healthcare Agreement Review Working Group (2012)

National healthcare agreement review report July 2012 .

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

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

Pircher SLM, Li SQ, Guthridge SL (2012)

Trend analysis of hospital admissions attributable to tobacco smoking, Northern Territory Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations, 1998 to 2009.

BMC Public Health; 12: 545

Retrieved 24 July 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/545

Queensland Health (2012)

Queensland opioid treatment program: clinical guidelines 2012.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

This report represents a revision of the Queensland opioid treatment program: clinical guidelines 2008. The review provides clinicians with a comprehensive, up-to-date manual covering best practice in treating opioid dependence.

This resource is not Indigenous-specific.

Abstract adapted from Queensland Health

Royal District Nursing Service (2012)

Strengthening assessment and care planning: dementia practice guidelines for HACC assessment services.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

These guidelines provide dementia-specific information and practical guidance for assessors from home and community care (HACC) assessment services, to improve assessment, care planning and service provision for people with possible dementia and their carers. Information for working with groups with diverse needs including Indigenous clients is also provided in this document.

The guidelines are designed to be a companion document to Strengthening assessment and care planning: a guide for HACC assessment services in Victoria.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Health Victoria

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing (2012)

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing annual report 2011-12.

Adelaide: South Australian Department for Health and Ageing

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report draws on the Report on government services 2012 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:

  • early childhood, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each services stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Western Australian Department of Health (2012)

Western Australian Department of Health annual report 2011-12.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

Wilson IB, Hawkins S, Green S, Archer JS (2012)

Suboptimal anti-epilepsy drug use is common among Indigenous patients with seizures presenting to the emergency department.

Journal of Clinical Neuroscience; 19(1): 187–189

2011

Alan J, Burmas M, Preen D, Pfaff J (2011)

Inpatient hospital use in the first year after release from prison: a Western Australian population-based record linkage study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(3): 264-269

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child safety (2011)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Australia's hospitals 2009-10: at a glance.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Australian hospital statistics 2009-10.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Australian hospital statistics 2010–11: emergency department care and elective surgery waiting times.

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.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report, sixth in the series which commenced in 1998, presents comprehensive information on health expenditure for Indigenous people, including comparisons to health expenditure for non-Indigenous people, and, where possible, outlines changes over time.

The report presents information on the following:

  • population, health status and incomes of Indigenous people
  • health expenditure by all levels of government, and non-government health expenditure
  • health funding by all levels of government, and non-government health funding.

The main findings of the report include the following:

  • When compared to non-Indigenous population, Indigenous people are high users of publicly funded health services, and low users of medical, pharmaceutical, dental and other health services that are, for the most part, privately funded.
  • Community health services, including the Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, accounted for just over 22% of all Indigenous health expenditure, compared to 4.5% of non-Indigenous health expenditure.
  • The Australian, state and territory governments combined funded 91% of the total health expenditure for Indigenous Australians, compared to 69.5% of the total health expenditure for non-Indigenous Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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)

Older people leaving hospital: a statistical overview of the Transition Care Program in 2008–09.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Burns L, Black E, Powers JR, Loxton B, Elliot E, Shakeshaft A, Dunlop A (2011)

Geographical and maternal characteristics associated with alcohol use in pregnancy.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 35(7): 1230-1237

Clement Z (2011)

Role of discharge planning in avoiding rehospitalisation in an Aboriginal man following head and neck surgery: a case report.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(2): 20-22

Durey A, Thompson SC, Wood M (2011)

Time to bring down the twin towers in poor Aboriginal hospital care: addressing institutional racism and misunderstandings in communication.

Internal Medicine Journal; 42(1): 17-22

Li SQ, Pircher SLM, Guthridge SL, Condon JR, Wright AJ (2011)

Hospital admissions in the Northern Territory, 1976 to 2008.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health

Slack-Smith LM, Read AW, Colvin LJ, Leonard H, Kilpatrick N, McAullay D, Messer LB (2011)

Total population investigation of dental hospitalizations in Indigenous children under five years in Western Australia using linked data.

Australian Dental Journal; 56(4): 358-364

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

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Victorian Department of Health (2011)

Koori health counts! Victorian Aboriginal hospital data 2009-10.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2011)

Alcohol-related hospitalisations and deaths in Western Australia: Drug and Alcohol Office surveillance report November 2011.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

This series of 10 reports provides information on the prevalence of alcohol consumption, alcohol-related hospitalisations and alcohol-related deaths in the metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Western Australia. The reports were collated by the Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office with the assistance of the Department of Health and include:

  • State report
  • north metropolitan area
  • south metropolitan area
  • South West
  • Great Southern
  • Wheatbelt
  • Midwest
  • Goldfields
  • Kimberley
  • Pilbara.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Zhao Y, You J, Guthridge SL, Lee AH (2011)

A multilevel analysis on the relationship between neighbourhood poverty and public hospital utilization: is the high Indigenous morbidity avoidable?.

BMC Public Health; 11: 737

Retrieved 27 September 2011 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-737

2010

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)

Chronic kidney disease hospitalisations in Australia 2000–01 to 2007–08.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Indigenous identification in hospital separations data-quality report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Weight loss surgery in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Medical Association (2010)

Public hospital report card 2010.

Canberra: Australian Medical Association

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

The state of our public hospitals: June 2010 report.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

O'Donnell M, Nassar N, Leonard H, Jacoby P, Mathews R, Patterson Y, Stanley F (2010)

Rates and types of hospitalisations for children who have subsequent contact with the child protection system: a population based case-control study.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 64(9): 784-788

O’Grady K-AF, Taylor-Thomson DM, Chang AB, Torzillo PJ, Morris PS, Mackenzie GA, Wheaton GR, Bauert PA, De Campo MP, De Campo JF, Ruben AR (2010)

Rates of radiologically confirmed pneumonia as defined by the World Health Organization in Northern Territory Indigenous children.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 592-595

O’Grady K-AF, Torzillo PJ, Chang AB (2010)

Hospitalisation of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory for lower respiratory illness in the first year of life.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 586-590

Victorian Statewide Emergency Program (2010)

Improving the patient experience for aboriginal people in the emergency department.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

2009

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (2009)

Response to National Hospital and Health Reform Commission: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory submission.

Canberra: Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Australian hospital statistics 2007-08.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Measuring and reporting mortality in hospital patients.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Knight S (2009)

The National Health and Hospital Reform Commission's agenda for change.

Paper presented at the Rural health: the place to be ... The 10th National Rural Health Conference. 17-20 May 2009, Cairns, Qld

Li SQ, Gray NJ, Guthridge SL, Pircher SLM (2009)

Avoidable hospitalisation in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 532-536

Robinson M, Downes C, Miller A, Heffernan R (2009)

Failure of the Indigenous population to attend post operative follow up post hip and knee joint arthroplasty.

Orthopaedic Proceedings; 94-B(Supp XXIII, 84):

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2009)

Submission on behalf of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

Canberra: Royal Australasian College of Physicians

2008

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Rural, regional and remote health: indicators of health system performance.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Department of Human Services (2008)

Koori health counts! 2006/07: improving care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patients (ICAP) Program: information from the reports of Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers for 2006/07.

Melbourne: Department of Human Services, Victorian Government

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

 
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