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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to kidney 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 Bureau of Statistics (2014)

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

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

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This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013.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 (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)

National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: first national results June 2012 to June 2013.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This is the first national report on the Indigenous primary health-care national key performance indicators data collection. It covers all the indicators collected since June 2012, and presents data analysed at the national level by jurisdiction, remoteness, and organisational size. The data are collected from over 200 primary health-care organisations receiving funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The purpose of the indicators is to improve the delivery of primary health-care services by supporting continuous quality improvement activity among service providers. The indicators also support policy and planning at the national and state/territory level by monitoring progress and highlighting areas for improvement.

The 19 indicators presented in this report focus on chronic disease prevention and management and on maternal and child health. The indicators provide information on both process of care indicators and health outcomes for clients.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Chondur R, Li SQ, Guthridge S, Lawton P (2014)

Does relative remoteness affect chronic disease outcomes? Geographic variation in chronic disease mortality in Australia, 2002–2006.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 117–121

Ludlow M, Mathew T (2014)

State of the nation : chronic kidney disease in Australia.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Majoni SW, Ellis JA, Hall H, Abeyaratne A, Lawton PD (2014)

Inflammation, high ferritin, and erythropoietin resistance in Indigenous maintenance hemodialysis patients from the Top End of Northern Australia.

Hemodialysis International; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hdi.12173):

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (2014)

Murrumbidgee Local Health District renal clinical services plan 2013-2017.

Wagga Wagga, NSW: Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (2014)

QAIHC external report 3 : Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services Clinical Excellence (ACE program).

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council

Rae K, Weatherall L, Blackwell C, Pringle K, Smith R, Lumbers E (2014)

Long conversations: Gomeroi gaaynggal tackles renal disease in the Indigenous community.

Australasian Epidemiologist; 21(1): 44-48

Scott JA (2014)

Chronic disease profiles in one high risk Indigenous community: a comparison of chronic disease profiles after a 10 year follow up and the relationship between birth weight and chronic disease morbidity and mortality.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Queensland: Brisbane

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: health: volume E.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Tsuboi N, Kanzaki G, Koike K, Kawamura T, Ogura M, Yokoo T (2014)

Clinicopathological assessment of the nephron number.

CKJ Clinical Kidney Journal; 7(2): 107-114

Wang Z, Scott J, Wang Z, Hoy WE (2014)

Trends in health status and chronic disease risk factors over 10–14 years in a remote Australian community: a matched pair study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(1): 73-77

Zimmet PZ, Magliano DJ, Herman WH, Shaw JE (2014)

Diabetes: a 21st century challenge.

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology; 2(1): 56 - 64

2013

Ah Chee D (2013)

Preventing renal disease: action to prevent the epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2013)

Erratum regarding “Accurate assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians: the Estimated GFR Study” (Am J Kidney Dis 2012; 60:679-682).

American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 61(3): 527–528

In the research letter entitled Accurate Assessment of Kidney Function in Indigenous Australians: The Estimated GFR Study appearing in the October 2012 issue of AJKD (Maple-Brown et al; volume 60, issue 4, pages 679-682), a calculation error in the STATA code caused errors in the bias reported for estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) values in women that were determined using the Chronic kidney disease epidemiology collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ansari Z, George MK (2013)

Drug-induced immune-mediated thrombocytopenia secondary to sunitinib in a patient with metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a case report.

Journal of Medical Case Reports; 7: 54

Retrieved 26 February 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-7-54

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

This plan provides a long-term, evidence-based policy framework as part of the Council of Australian Governments' approach to Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. The Australian Government worked in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, and peak bodies to produce the plan.

The plan builds on the United nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples, with a focus on:

  • policies and programs to improve Indigenous health
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • resilience
  • promoting healthy behaviours
  • the centrality of culture for health and wellbeing
  • the right of people to be safe and empowered.

The plan at a glance includes:

  • the vision
  • principles
  • priorities
  • implementation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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 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 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)

Incontinence in Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

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

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Collum J, Jones RHB, Lynham A, Hirst J (2013)

Leontiasis ossea: a presentation of hyperparathyroidism in an Indigenous Australian man secondary to chronic renal failure.

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; 71(1): 56-61

Edwards L (2013)

NT chronic conditions prevention and management strategy annual report 2011.

The Chronicle; 25(1): 29-30

Hoy WE (2013)

Chronic disease care in remote Aboriginal Australia has been transformed.

British Medical Journal; 347: f6127

Retrieved 18 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6127

Hughes JT (2013)

The inter-relationships between body build, body composition, body fat distribution, metabolic syndrome and inflammation in adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Kidney Health Australia (2013)

Charting a comprehensive approach to tackling kidney disease: “proposals to guide increased risk assessment, support early detection and improve the treatment of kidney disease”: pre-budget submission 2013-2014 federal budget.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Kidney Health Australia (2013)

Tackling kidney disease: a national action plan to reduce Australia's kidney disease burden.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

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

Northern Territory Department of Health (2013)

Remote Health Atlas.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Remote_Health_Atlas/

This website ('the Atlas') is a tool for Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health staff who work in remote areas. The Atlas is maintained by the Remote Health Branch of the NT Department of Health.

The Atlas contains protocols, standards, forms and information relevant to remote health work in the NT. Topics covered are:

  • community relationships
  • cultural considerations
  • medical records
  • recall
  • referrals
  • patient travel
  • quality assurance
  • health programs
  • emergencies, evacuations and retrievals
  • clinical protocols
  • births and deaths
  • pharmacy
  • stores and ordering
  • pathology
  • Medicare
  • information and communication technology
  • staff travel
  • vehicles
  • equipment and other assets
  • accommodation
  • visitors
  • occupational health and safety
  • infection control
  • employment matters
  • staff development.

In general, the website does not provide protocols for the management of clinical conditions. Protocols for the management of clinical conditions are covered by the CARPA standard treatment manual and the Women's business manual, both of which are endorsed by the NT Health Department. However, when clinical best practice changes, or where a new requirement for clinical guidance emerges, interim advice is contained in this Atlas.

Abstract adapted from NT Department of Health

Rix EF, Barclay L, Wilson S, Stirling J, Tong A (2013)

Service providers' perspectives, attitudes and beliefs on health services delivery for Aboriginal people receiving haemodialysis in rural Australia: a qualitative study.

BMJ Open; 3(10): e003581

Retrieved 23 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003581

Sajiv C (2013)

Cultural considerations when providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) opting for conservative care.

Nephrology; Accepted article(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nep.12080):

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

‘You say treatment, I say hard work': treatment burden among people with chronic illness and their carers in Australia.

Health & Social Care in the Community; 21(6): 665–674

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

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

Stumpers S, Thomson N (2013)

Review of kidney disease among Indigenous people.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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

Thompson SL, Chenhall RD, Brimblecombe JK (2013)

Indigenous perspectives on active living in remote Australia: a qualitative exploration of the socio-cultural link between health, the environment and economics.

BMC Public Health; 13: 473

Retrieved 15 May 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-473

Todd A, Carroll R, Gallagher M, Meade A (2013)

Nutritional status of haemodialysis patients: comparison of Australian cohorts of Aboriginal and European descent.

Nephrology; 18(12): 790–797

Tracey K, Cossich T, Bennett PN, Wright S, Ockerby C (2013)

A nurse-managed kidney disease program in regional and remote Australia.

Renal Society of Australasia Journal; 9(1): 28-34

Wang Z, Hoy WE, Wang Z (2013)

The correlates of urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) in a high risk Australian Aboriginal community.

BMC Nephrology; 14: 176

Retrieved 16 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-14-176

Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (2013)

Western Desert Dialysis – sharing our story.

: Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation

Woo KT, Wong KS, Choong H, Foo M, Chan CM (2013)

Renal biopsy among Indigenous Australians [letter].

Kidney International; 83(6): 1206

2012

Anderson K, Cunningham J, Devitt D, Preece C, Cass A (2012)

"Looking back to my family": Indigenous Australian patients' experience of hemodialysis.

BMC Nephrology; 13: 114

Retrieved 20 September 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2369/13/114

McDonald S, Clayton P, Hurst K, eds. (2012)

The thirty fifth annual Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry Report 2012.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2012)

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

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

This is the fourth report under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The framework has become one of the key means of monitoring progress in Closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians. It was reviewed and revised in 2011 and now includes 68 key measures (previously 71 measures) under the following tiers:

  • Tier 1-Health status and outcomes: measures the prevalence of health conditions including disease or injury, human function, life expectancy, wellbeing and deaths.
  • Tier 2-Determinants of health: measures of the determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours.
  • Tier 3-Health system performance: measures of the health system, including effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility, continuity, capability and sustainability.

The aim of the report is to promote accountability, inform policy and research, and generate informed debate. The report includes an overview of current national policies and strategies, and data analysis for each of the three tiers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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)

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

Badgery-Parker T (2012)

Majority rule for assigning Aboriginality in linked hospital data [letter].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(5): 488-489

Douglas M, Roberts M, Cashmore A, Lowbridge C, Ireland J, Roberts D (2012)

Health and disease in the Aboriginal community: Northern NSW.

Lismore, NSW: University Centre for Rural Health

Gosling C (2012)

Mobile dialysis bus: dialysis on the move.

The Chronicle; 24(4): 10

Hoy WE, Samuel T, Mott SA, Kincaid-Smith PS, Fogo AB, Dowling JP, Hughson MD, Sinniah R, Pugsley DJ, Kirubakaran MG, Douglas-Denton RN, Bertram JF (2012)

Renal biopsy findings among Indigenous Australians: a nationwide review.

Kidney International; 82(12): 1321–1331

Hughes J (2012)

Body build, body composition and indicators of health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults.

: Menzies School of Health Research

Kidney Health Australia (2012)

Kidney Health Australia submission: national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Koefler S (2012)

Is cancer a death sentence for Indigenous Australians? the impact of culture on cancer outcomes.

Australian Medical Student Journal; 3(1): 35-38

Maple-Brown LJ, Hughes JT, Lawton PD, Jones GRD, Ellis AG, Drabsch K, Brown ADH, Cass A, Hoy WE, MacIsaac RJ, O'Dea K, Jerums G (2012)

Accurate assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians: the estimated GFR study.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 60(4): 680-682

McNamara BJ, Gubhaju L, Chamberlain C, Stanley F, Eades SJ (2012)

Early life influences on cardio-metabolic disease risk in aboriginal populations - what is the evidence? A systematic review of longitudinal and case–control studies.

International Journal of Epidemiology; 41(6): 1661-1682

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

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

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

2011

Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (2011)

The thirty fourth annual report: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 2011.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

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)

Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the first detailed analysis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comparative to the non-Indigenous Australian population. Previous information on CKD in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the national level has been limited to high-level summary information. Using a variety of data sources (i.e., Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant (ANZDATA) Registry, AIHW Disease Expenditure Database), the current report presents detailed information on CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) including, prevalence and incidence; hospitalisation; mortality; co-morbidity; risk factors; remoteness; health service use and expenditure; quality of life; and burden of disease. The report summates that Indigenous people, especially those who live in remote communities, are more likely to have ESRD, and are more likely to be hospitalised, and/or die as a result of CKD compared with non-Indigenous Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Contribution of chronic disease to the gap in adult mortality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians (2011)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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)

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

Gardner K, Bailie R, Si D, O'Donoghue L, Kennedy C, Liddle H, Cox R, Kwedza R, Fittock M, Hains J, Dowden M, Connors C, Burke H, Beaver C (2011)

Reorienting primary health care for addressing chronic conditions in remote Australia and the South Pacific: review of evidence and lessons from an innovative quality improvement process.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 19(3): 111–117

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

Kuipers K, McIntosh K, Paluch T, Oke L (2011)

Caring for country was associated with positive health outcomes for Indigenous people living in remote areas of Northern Australia.

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; 58(1): 56-57

Madin S (2011)

Dealing with disease in the desert: a new approach.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

McMeniman E, Holden L, Kearns T, Clucas DB, Carapetis JR, Currie BJ, Connors C, Andrews RM (2011)

Skin disease in the first two years of life in Aboriginal children in East Arnhem Land.

Australasian Journal of Dermatology; 52(4): 270–273

Rae K, Weatherall L, Naden M, Slater P, Smith R (2011)

Gomeroi Gaaynggal - moving forward.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(6): 28-29

Sayers S, Davison B, Fitz J, Singh G (2011)

Aboriginal birth cohort study–wave 3 selected results: the good news and the bad news.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(5): 23-24

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

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011 overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

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

The George Institute for Global Health (2011)

Australian Department of Health and Ageing Central Australia Renal Study.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

The central Australia renal study was a joint study by the Australian, Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australian Governments, conducted by the George Institute for Global Health for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. The study was undertaken to inform the governments in the cross‐jurisdictional region to make evidence based policy decisions to better meet the health and service needs of Aboriginal dialysis patients in the region, in affordable and sustainable ways. Building on work already undertaken by the Government in the development of National services guidelines for the management of dialysis and kidney transplantation in Remote Australia 2006, the current study also takes into account stakeholder consultation and activity-based data. Key findings identified current and future treatment issues such as those associated with location and cost. A preferred renal services model was presented as a primary recommendation of the study with the model representing a structured and sustainable transition from the current urban facility model, to expansion of community based care as a way of addressing the current gaps in service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander renal patients.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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)

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

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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

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

Debuyst O (2010)

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet kidney health.

The Chronicle; 16(1): 20

Gordon R (2010)

Factors that contribute to chronic disease in Aboriginal people.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Hoy WE, Kincaid-Smith P, Hughson MD, Fogo A, Sinniah R, Dowling J, Samuel T, Mott SA, Douglas-Denton RN, Bertram JF (2010)

CKD in Aboriginal Australians.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases; 56(5): 983–993

Hughes J, Nickels M, Sharma S, O'Dea K, Tucker L, Maple-Brown L (2010)

Implementing the eGFR study in a remote site: a case study.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(2): 6-8

Maple-Brown LJ, Lawton PD, Hughes JT, Sharma SK, Jones GRD, Ellis AG, Hoy W, Cass A, MacIsaac RJ, Sinha AK, Thomas MAB, Piers LS, Ward LC, Drabsch K, Panagiotopoulos S, McDermott R, Warr K, Cherian S, Brown A, Jerums G, O'Dea K (2010)

Study protocol - accurate assessment of kidney function in Indigenous Australians: aims and methods of the eGFR Study.

BMC Public Health; (10): 80

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-80.pdf

National Consumer Council of Kidney Health Australia (2010)

The impact of kidney disease and what government should do about it.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

Reath J, Brown N (2010)

Managing cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Prescriber; 33(3): 72-75

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2010)

Report on government services 2010: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

2009

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

An overview of chronic kidney disease in Australia, 2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Kolewaski CD, Yeates K (2009)

Chronic kidney disease among Indigenous populations: considerations for effective and ethical research.

Journal of Nephrology; 22(5): 571-579

McDonald S, Excell L, Livingston B (2009)

The thirty second report - Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry 2009.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (2009)

The kidneys and how they work.

Retrieved 2009 from http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/pdf/yourkidneys.pdf

This aim of this resource is to outline information about the human kidney, its function, diseases and treatment for kidney failure. The information is highlighted under the following headings and supported by diagrams:

  • what do the kidneys do?
  • what is renal function?
  • why do kidneys fail?
  • diabetic kidney disease
  • glomerular diseases
  • high blood pressure
  • inherited and congenital kidney diseases
  • other causes of kidney disease
  • acute kidney injury
  • chronic kidney disease
  • end-stage renal disease
  • what are the signs of chronic kidney disease?
  • dialysis
  • transplantation.

The information also has points to remember on supporting healthy kidney function.

Abstract adapted from National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Rae K, Weatherall L, Smith R, Mackay P (2009)

The birth of Gomeroi gaaynggal.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(6): 3-5

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

Spiers BF (2009)

Antecedents of chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal offenders in New South Wales prisons: Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Essay Competition.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 524-526

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2009)

Report on Government services 2009: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Indigenous data from the Report of Government services 2009 are compiled in this compendium to provide a focus on the purchase and supply of services. In this edition, government services are divided into the following categories: early childhood, education and training, justice, emergency management, health, community services and housing. For each category a framework of performance indicators highlights the level of objectives attained regarding the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of services. The interpretation of the data enable comparisons of Commonwealth and State Government services, including intra-government services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

McLean T (2008)

Frustration over kidney disease, research shows.

Indigenous Times 2008: 11

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Australia's health 2008: the eleventh biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2008 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the eleventh 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.

Section 3.2 of the report compiles health information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Information about the demographic profile, health status, disability rates, and service use is provided. The section highlights that despite improvements in Indigenous death rates, the overall gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates appears to be widening with Indigenous Australians continuing to die at much younger ages. 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 (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

Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (2008)

Chronic conditions program.

Canberra: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

George Institute (2008)

Indigenous Australians confused and frustrated by kidney disease.

Newsletter of the George Institute for International Health; (12): 1

Maple-Brown L, Cunningham J, Dunne K, Whitbread C, Howard D, Weeramanthri T, Tatipata S, Dunbar T, Harper CA, Taylor HR, Zimmet P, O'Dea K, Shaw JE (2008)

Complications of diabetes in urban Indigenous Australians: the DRUID study.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice; 80(3): 455-462

McDonald S, Excell L, Livingston B (2008)

Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: the thirty first report.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

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

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2008)

Report on Government services 2008: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This compendium was produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP) as a part of its Report on Government Services, an annual review of the performance government services provided in each jurisdiction.

The compendium, which contains all Indigenous data reported in the main report, includes information about: the Indigenous health workforce; selected health indicators; use of public hospitals; use of Indigenous community healthcare services; and health management issues.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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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