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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications addressing injury 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

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

This 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 Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Assessment of Global Burden of Disease 2010 methods for the Australian context: Australian burden of disease study working paper no. 1.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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)

Children's headline indicators [interactive data portal].

Retrieved 12 June 2014 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/chi/

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Determinants of wellbeing for Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper looks at the wellbeing of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and factors linked with wellbeing. While the focus is on subjective measures of wellbeing, a number of objective measures are also considered; for example, employment status, income and health status. In Australia, subjective measures of wellbeing collected in large-scale surveys generally fall into two main types:

  • emotional wellbeing - the balance between a person's positive feelings (such as happiness) and negative feelings (such as sadness)
  • life satisfaction - how a person feels about their life and the extent to which it has met and is meeting their expectations.

The paper is structured as follows:

  • section one describes the key data sources used in this paper, including how subjective wellbeing is measured in these data sources
  • section two provides information on the subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians compared with that of non-Indigenous Australians
  • section three examines the connection between Indigenous subjective wellbeing and a number of factors including health, income and employment, education levels, criminal activity, and victimisation rates.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Clough AR, Fitts MS, Robertson J, Shakeshaft A, Miller A, Doran CM, Muller R, Ypinazar V, Martin D, McDermott R, Sanson-Fisher R, Towle S, Margolis SA, West C (2014)

Study protocol - alcohol management plans (AMPs) in remote Indigenous communities in Queensland: their impacts on injury, violence, health and social indicators and their cost-effectiveness.

BMC Public Health; 14: 15

Retrieved 9 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-15

Ellis IK, Skinner TC, Bhana A, Voon N, Longley K (2014)

Health priorities in an Australian mining town: an intercept survey.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2788

Retrieved 4 April 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2788

Hersh D, Armstrong E, Bourke N (2014)

A narrative analysis of a speech pathologist's work with Indigenous Australians with acquired communication disorders.

Disability and Rehabilitation; Early online(http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2014.890675):

Hersh D, Armstrong E, Panak V, Coombes J (2014)

Speech-language pathology practices with Indigenous Australians with acquired communication disorders.

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; Early Online(http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17549507.2014.923510):

Möller H, Falster K, Ivers R, Jorm L (2014)

Inequalities in unintentional injuries between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children: a systematic review.

Injury Prevention; Online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041133):

MItchell RJ, Cameron CM, Bambach MR (2014)

Data linkage for injury surveillance and research in Australia: perils, pitfalls and potential.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(3): 275-280

Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2014)

Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria: final report: volume 1.

Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria

Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (2014)

Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria: final report: volume 2.

Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2014)

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons position paper: Indigenous health.

Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Simpson J (2014)

Participants or just policed: guide to the role of the National Disability Insurance Scheme with people with intellectual disability who have contact with the criminal justice system.

Sydney: New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability

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

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the sixth report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

West C, Usher K, Clough AR (2014)

Study protocol - resilience in individuals and families coping with the impacts of alcohol related injuries in remote Indigenous communities: a mixed method study.

BMC Public Health; 14: 479

Retrieved 21 May 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-479

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

The role of community patrols in improving safety in Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Community patrols have the potential to increase Indigenous community safety, helping to reduce crime rates and alcohol-related harm and empower the local community. The most successful community patrols tend to enjoy community involvement and ownership and strong collaboration with police and a network of community services. This paper summarises the key evidence in support of community patrols. It includes detailed information on:

  • what is currently known about community patrols, including 'what works', and what is not known
  • safety and crime in Indigenous communities
  • the history of Indigenous community patrols in Australia, and the support they receive from levels of government
  • the evidence in support of community patrols
  • best practice for community patrols
  • the evidence gaps.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence: 2011-12: appendix B-D.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Bohanna I, Stephens A, Wargent JC, Timms C, Graham D, Clough A (2013)

Assessment of acquired brain injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: guidance for DisabilityCare Australia.

: Brain Injury Australia

This report contains recommendations for the delivery of culturally competent and acceptable assessment, access to treatment and ongoing care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have an acquired brain injury (ABI). The report was commissioned because of recognition that for some population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with a disability, equitable benefit can only be achieved if additional and specialised measures are developed and implemented to overcome disadvantage.

Funding was provided by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to develop a report on how to prepare individuals, communities and services for the transition to the Australian Government's national disability scheme, DisabilityCare Australia. Brain Injury Australia and Synapse co-managed the project, and research was conducted by James Cook University.

Topics covered in the report include:

  • an engagement, planning and assessment framework for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by an ABI
  • the development of a culturally acceptable instrument or toolkit for assessing functioning, cognitive impairment and care and support needs
  • the requirement for accredited training of people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have an ABI
  • a framework for DisabilityCare Australia assessor training and organisational capacity building general recommendations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bradley C (2013)

Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia: 1999-00 to 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report focuses on trends in fall-related hospital care for people aged 65 and older that occurred over the period 1999-00 to 2010-11. Information is also presented on the incidence and burden of hospitalised fall injury in the financial year 2010-11. Indigenous information is included in the sections covering incidence and trends.

The report provides information on:

  • the profile of hospitalised fall injuries - an overview of fall injury cases by people aged 65 and older in Australia in 2010-11, including the circumstances of the fall
  • the burden of hospitalised fall injury - a summary of fall-related hospitalisations additional to those representing falls cases for the older population in 2010-11, including hospital care following transfers after initial fall injury episodes, fall-related follow-up care separations and episodes of care attributed to a 'tendency to fall'
  • a time series analysis of fall injury cases and other fall-related episodes of hospital care from 1 July 1999. It includes data for 1999-00 to 2010-11.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Evans M (2013)

Improving services with families: “a perfect project in an imperfect system”.

Canberra: ACT Government Community Services

Henley G, Harrison JE (2013)

Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport: 2005-06 to 2009-10.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides a summary of fatal and serious injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia due to land transport accidents over the five-year period from 2005-06 to 2009-10. Due to data quality issues, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory were not included.

This is the fourth in a series of reports dealing with injury to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people due to transport. The main focus of the report is unintentional injury due to land transport. It includes information on:

  • age and sex distribution
  • mode of transport
  • remoteness areas
  • mechanism of injury
  • time trends.

The report also puts land transport injury into the context of all causes of injury and injury due to all types of transport. Detailed data are presented in the tables and charts.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013

Kidsafe WA (2013)

Injuries to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

WA Childhood Injury Surveillance Biannual Bulletin; 28(July 2013): 1-8

This resource highlights data collected over eight years about injuries in Indigenous children, causing presentation to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) emergency department in Western Australia. The data from PMH shows Indigenous children are twice as likely to be hospitalised with injuries than non-Indigenous children. Children under the age of five years old were more at risk of injuries and males represented approximately 57% of all presentations. Falls were the most common cause of injuries.

Abstract adapted from Kidsafe WA

Maher L (2013)

Applied professional practice in public health: promoting equitable health services delivery through evaluation and research.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of New South Wales: Sydney

Pointer S (2013)

Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia: 1999-00 to 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report describes trends in the occurrence of injuries requiring hospitalisation in Australia from July 1999 to June 2011. It includes an analysis of the hospitalisation injury among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report covers the following topics: an overview of hospitalisation injury in 2010-11 trends in hospitalisation injury trends in the severity of hospitalised injury trends in the external causes of hospitalised injury. Data are presented by age, sex, external cause of injury, remoteness of usual residence and Indigenous status.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Vallmuur K, Limbong J, Barker R, Hides L (2013)

A comparison of methods to identify alcohol involvement in youth injury-related emergency department presentation data.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(5): 519-526

2012

Allison F, Cunneen C, Schwartz M, Behrendt L (2012)

Indigenous legal needs project: NT report.

Cairns, Qld: James Cook University

Arney F, Westby MA (2012)

Men's places literature review.

Darwin: The Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research

This literature review examined the prevention of and response to family violence, and focused on the engagement of Indigenous men in remote communities. This report included information on:

  • engagement
  • barriers to engaging men
  • service paradigms
  • social exclusion
  • changing the orientation of services to engage and support men
  • exploring the potential role of a men's space.

The report highlighted the:

  • need to work with Indigenous men
  • limitations of mainstream law and order approaches to family violence
  • lack of an evidence base for community-based approaches to family violence
  • need to use models which represent men's attitudes to violence, health, service delivery and changes to behavior.

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

Indigenous health snapshot (2012)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This factsheet provides a one-page summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in 2012, including:

  • life expectancy
  • risk factors
  • disease
  • Closing the gap program.

The factsheet is a snapshot of information taken from the thirteenth biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW): Australia's health 2012.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (2012)

Deaths of children and young people Queensland 2011–12: annual report.

Brisbane: Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA (2012)

Building blocks: best practice programs that improve the wellbeing of children and young people – edition one.

Perth: Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

This report, prepared by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Western Australia, provides the details of 82 evidence-based programs from WA and across Australia. These programs demonstrate best or promising practice and all aim to increase the wellbeing of children and young people. Each program addresses at least one of the eight areas of wellbeing:

  • health and safety
  • education
  • material wellbeing
  • family and peer relationships
  • participation
  • subjective wellbeing
  • behaviours and risks
  • environment.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report : July to December 2011.

Canberra: Australian Government

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

Ho KM, Geelhoed E, Gope M, Burrell M, Rao S (2012)

An injury awareness education program on outcomes of juvenile justice offenders in Western Australia: an economic analysis.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 279

Retrieved 28 August 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-12-279

Irie F, Lang J, Kaltner M, Le Brocque R, Kenardy J (2012)

Effects of gender, Indigenous status and remoteness to health services on the occurrence of assault-related injuries in children and adolescents.

Injury; 43(11): 1873–1880

Li L, Li SQ, Guthridge S (2012)

Leading causes of death of Territorians aged 25-54 years.

The Chronicle; 24(2): 11-12

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

Planning Branch Queensland Health, Health Service Plan Project Steering Group, Townsville Hospital (2012)

Townsville hospital and health service health service plan 2012 - 2027.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Pointer S, Helps Y (2012)

Trends in hospitalised childhood injury in Australia 1999–07.

Canberrra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

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

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 report: New South Wales.

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 New South Wales. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010 report: Northern 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 Northern Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

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

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 Queensland. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

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

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 Victoria. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

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

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 Western Australia. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are both presented.

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)

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

Ballestas T, Xiao J, McEvoy S, Somerford P (2011)

The epidemiology of injury in Western Australia, 2000-2008.

Perth: Public Health Division, Department of Health WA

Child and Adolescent Community Health (2011)

Health and wellbeing profile of young Western Australians.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Northern Territory Emergency Response evaluation report 2011.

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

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: report on consultations.

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

This report summarises the consultations which took place with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory (NT) between June and August 2011. The aim of the consultations was to hear what Aboriginal people thought about the government's role in tackling the levels of disadvantage experienced, and what needed to be done to help build a stronger future for Aboriginal people living in the NT. The themes that emerged from the consultations included:

  • addressing school attendance
  • jobs
  • reducing alcohol-related harm
  • improving housing
  • taking more responsibility for their lives and communities
  • more effective and reliable services from all levels of government
  • more consultation with government
  • the implementation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
  • the wish for a stronger future for young people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Education and Health Standing Committee (2011)

Alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley: a 'window of opportunity' for improved health, education, housing and employment.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

Henshaw RJ (2011)

Broken glass as an injury hazard in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg.

Master of Health thesis, University of Southern Queensland:

Margolis SA, Ypinazar VA, Muller R, Clough A (2011)

Increasing alcohol restrictions and rates of serious injury in four remote Australian Indigenous communities.

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(10): 503-506

New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (2011)

Child deaths 2010 annual report: learning to improve services.

Sydney: New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services

Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee (2011)

Annual report 2010-2011, Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee.

Darwin: Office of the Children’s Commissioner Northern Territory

Norton L, Harrison JE, Pointer S, Lathlean T (2011)

Obesity and injury: a review of the literature.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Olney K, Senserrick T, Ivers R, Martiniuk A, Clapham K, Lyford M, Grzebieta R (2011)

Safe system demonstration project involving an Indigenous community: literature review and methods.

Sydney: Austroads

Olney K, Senserrick T, Yip P, Grzebieta R, Ivers R, Clapham K, Lyford M (2011)

Safe system demonstration project involving an Indigenous community: audit and implementation plan.

Sydney: Austroads

Queensland Government (2011)

Quarterly bulletins on key indicators in Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: July-September 2010.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Queensland Government (2011)

Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities January-March 2011.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Royal Life Saving Society Australia (2011)

National drowning report 2011.

Sydney: Royal Life Saving Society Australia

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

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

This report is the fifth in a series of reports on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage as commissioned by the heads of government in 2002. It has been produced in consultation with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics and service providers. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on the current outcomes and those interventions and policies that have enhanced those outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011 overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

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

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

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

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

2010

Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2010)

Two ways together report on indicators 2009.

Sydney: Aboriginal Affairs NSW

Boufous S, Ivers R, Senserrick T, Martiniuk A, Clapham K (2010)

Underlying causes and effects of injury in Australian Aboriginal populations: a review.

Sydney: Sax Institute

Clapham K, Bolt R, Stevenson M (2010)

Child injury in an urban Australian indigenous community: the safe Koori kids intervention.

Injury Prevention; 16(suppl 1):

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (2010)

Snapshot 2010: children and young people in Queensland.

Brisbane: Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Hoad V, Somerford P, Katzenellenbogen J (2010)

The burden of disease and injury attributed to preventable risks to health in Western Australia, 2006.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Kinnane S, Farringdon F, Henderson-Yates L, Parker H (2010)

Fitzroy Valley alcohol restriction report: an evaluation of the effects of alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing relating to measurable health and social outcomes, community perceptions and alcohol related behaviours after two years.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office

Kreisfeld R, Harrison JE, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2005-06.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Living Black (2010)

Heavy toll [online video].

: Special Broadcasting Service, Living Black

This report by the SBS Indigenous affairs program, Living black, examines the incidence of Indigenous road fatalities in the Northern Territory, where Aboriginal people are far more likely to be killed and injured in road accidents than non-Indigenous Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Senserrick T, Hinchcliff R, Ivers R, Martiniuk A, Boufous S, Clapham K (2010)

Aboriginal injury prevention projects.

Sydney: Sax Institute

Walter S, Centre for Aboriginal Health (2010)

Mortality and hospitalisation due to injury in the Aboriginal population of New South Wales.

Sydney: Department of Health, New South Wales

The report describes death and hospitalisation rates occurring as results of injury and poisoning among the Aboriginal population of New South Wales. Both injury and poisoning are the third biggest contributors to the burden of disease in Aboriginal Australia, and the main intention of this report is to identify subgroups of the population most at risk of injury and poisoning in order to develop informed and targeted prevention initiatives.

The report presents data on deaths based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics mortality data from 2000 to 2007, and a substantial analysis of hospitalisations arising from injury by external causes. In the comprehensive analysis of hospitalisations, a range of indicators are presented in order to describe more fully each group at risk for each injury mechanism. The report also presents a detailed discussion of the data sources, issues and methodology used in the report.

Key findings of the report include:

  • In general, Aboriginal people were at higher risk of death and hospitalisation due to injury or poisoning compared to non-Aboriginal people across all types of injury mechanisms.
  • The leading causes of hospitalisation were falls (24%), interpersonal violence (19%), transport accidents (12%), and self-harm (9%).
  • The most frequent causes of death were self-harm (25%), transport accidents (21%), poisoning (18%) and homicide (11%).
  • Interpersonal violence represented the greatest disparity in risk of death and hospitalisation with Aboriginal males being four times more likely and Aboriginal females being 12 times more likely to be hospitalised due to violence compared to the non-Aboriginal population.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Zhao Y, Condon JR, Guthridge S, You J (2010)

Living longer with a greater health burden – changes in the burden of disease and injury in the Northern Territory Indigenous population between 1994–1998 and 1999–2003.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S93-S98

2009

Brown R, Furyk J (2009)

Racial disparities in health care - emergency department management of minor head injury.

International Journal of Emergency Medicine; 2(3): 161-166

Henley G, Harrison JE (2009)

Injury deaths, Australia 2004–05.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Henley G, Harrison JE (2009)

Injury severity scaling: a comparison of methods for measurement of injury severity.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Henley G, Harrison JE (2009)

Serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2006-07.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Jacob O (2009)

The growing burden of trauma in the Indigenous population: towards a better and safer future.

ANZ Journal of Surgery; 79(s1): A69

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

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Sticher G (2009)

Barriers to the acceptance of road safety programmes among rural road users : developing a brief intervention.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane

Thomson N, Krom I, Ride K (2009)

Summary of road safety among Indigenous peoples.

Retrieved from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/related-issues/road-safety/reviews/our-review

Zhao Y, You J, Guthridge S (2009)

Burden of disease and injury in the Northern Territory, 1999-2003.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

2008

Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2008)

Two Ways Together report on indicators 2007.

Sydney: Aboriginal Affairs NSW

Anderson I (2008)

An analysis of national health strategies addressing Indigenous injury: consistencies and gaps.

Injury; 39(Supplement 5): S55-S60

Blacktown Aboriginal Safety Promotion Program (2008)

Blacktown Aboriginal Safety Promotion Program: engaging and strengthening the Blacktown Aboriginal community through injury prevention and safety promotion.

intouch; 25(3): 7-8

Bradley C, Harrison J (2008)

Hospital separations due to injury and poisoning, Australia 2004–05.

Adelaide: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Eldridge D (2008)

Injury among young Australians.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Gruen R, Kong K (2008)

Injury among Indigenous people – charting a safer future: a symposium at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Injury; 39(S5): S1-S2

Harrison JE, Berry JG (2008)

Serious injury due to transport accidents, Australia, 2005–06.

Adelaide: Research Centre for Injury Studies

Ivers R, Clapham K, Senserrick T, Lyford M, Stevenson M (2008)

Injury prevention in Australian Indigenous communities.

Injury; 39(Supplement 5): S61-S67

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

Vos T, Barker B, Begg S, Stanley L, Lopez AD (2008)

Burden of disease and injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: the Indigenous health gap.

International Journal of Epidemiology; 38(2): 470-477

 
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