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

2011

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

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

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

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

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

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

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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.

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2010

Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (2010)

The thirty third report: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry: 2010.

Adelaide: Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry

2008

Devitt J, Devitt J, Cass A, Cunningham J, Preece C, Anderson K, Snelling P (2008)

Improving access to kidney transplants (IMPAKT): a detailed account of a qualitative study investigating barriers to transplant for Australian Indigenous people with end-stage kidney disease.

BMC Health Services Research; 8: 31

Retrieved 4 February 2008 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/8/31

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

2007

Preston-Thomas A, Cass A, O'Rourke P (2007)

Trends in the incidence of treated end-stage kidney disease among Indigenous Australians and access to treatment.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 31(5): 419-421

2006

Cass A, Chadban S, Craig J, Howard K, McDonald S, Salkeld G, White S (2006)

The economic impact of end-stage kidney disease in Australia.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

This report approximates the burden and cost of end stage renal disease (ESRD) in Australia. The cost effectiveness of increasing kidney transplant rates and alternatives to hospital dialysis are examined. The analysis is based on data from the George Institute for International Health and forms the first part of a broader study into the burden of kidney and urinary tract disease in Australia. Indigenous populations experience far greater rates of ESRD than non-Indigenous populations and there are frequent references to this throughout the report, with chapter five devoted to ESRD among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Kidney Health Australia (2006)

National chronic kidney disease strategy.

Melbourne: Kidney Health Australia

2005

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2005)

Chronic kidney disease in Australia, 2005.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

2004

Cass A, Cunningham J, Snelling P, Wang Z, Hoy W (2004)

Exploring the pathways leading from disadvantage to end-stage renal disease for Indigenous Australians.

Social Science & Medicine; 58(4): 767-785

This article explores and documents some possible explanations (such as genetics, development, and socio-economic factors) for the excess burden of renal disease in Australian Indigenous populations. Discussion includes the strengths and weaknesses of these explanations and the development of a new hypothesis that considers existing evidence.

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2003

Cass A, Cunningham C, Snelling P, Wang Z, Hoy W (2003)

Renal transplantation for Indigenous Australians: identifying the barriers to equitable access.

Ethnicity & Health; 8(2): 111-119

This paper assesses access to renal transplantation among Indigenous Australians and compares it with access within the non-Indigenous population. The assessment examined disparities in access due to lower rates of acceptance onto waiting lists, and movement along the waiting list. The findings indicate that Indigenous Australians face barriers associated with waiting list acceptance and movement within the list.

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