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Key references

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


Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability, 2012.

Retrieved 1 December 2014 from


Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Disability, ageing and carers, Australia: summary of findings, 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics


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

Disability and carers.

In: The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2008. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: 55-74


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2005)

Indigenous young people with cognitive disabilities and Australian juvenile justice systems.

Sydney: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

The Commonwealth Attorney General's Department for the Social Justice Commissioner funded the research project detailed in this report. The project examined issues relating to Indigenous young people in the Australian juvenile justice systems who have a cognitive disability and/or mental health issues. The report provides an overview, relevant statistical information, and the findings of a series of consultations and a national roundtable discussion. Current policy and program approaches are highlighted, and areas for future research are discussed together with recommendations regarding possible strategies.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2005)

Indigenous disability data inventory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Glasson EJ, Sullivan SG, Hussain R, Bittles AH (2005)

An assessment of intellectual disability among Aboriginal Australians.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; 49(8): 626-634


National Disability Administrators (2004)

Sharing stories: exploring good practice for disability support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote communities.

Canberra: National Disability Administrators

This report details the Sharing Stories project. The project was initiated by the National Disability Administrators to guide the development of a more effective national response to the planning, development, funding and delivery of services to rural and remote communities supporting Indigenous people with a disability. Nine organisations were selected on the basis that they showed elements of 'good practice' in providing support disability services. The organisations were based in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.

The key findings of the report detail:

  • Perceptions of disability
  • Kinship issues
  • Socio-cultural issues
  • Knowledge about rights and services
  • Limited availability of services
  • Limited access to services
  • Lack of coordination between agencies and levels of government
  • Workforce issues

Background information on disability among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people is provided and a framework of best practice principles; innovative approaches from selected service delivery models to address these principles; lessons learned and implications for extended application of models to other service delivery environments are outlined.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Burns J, Thomson N (2003)


In: Thomson N, ed. The health of Indigenous Australians. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press: 467-487

Last updated: 6 August 2015
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