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2018

Hill KL, Harvey N, Felton-Busch CM, Hoskins J, Rasalam R, Malouf P, Knight S (2018)

The road to registration: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner training in north Queensland.

Rural and Remote Health; 18(1): 3899

Retrieved 12 January 2018 from https://www.rrh.org.au/journal/article/3899

McDonald H, Browne J, Perruzza J, Svarc R, Davis C, Adams K, Palermo C (2018)

Transformative effects of Aboriginal health placements for medical, nursing, and allied health students: a systematic review.

Nursing & Health Sciences; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12410): 1-11

2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Working Group (2017)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2023.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

Australian Diabetes Educators Association (2017)

National core competencies for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander diabetes health workers and diabetes health practitioners.

Canberra: Australian Diabetes Educators Association

These core competencies aim to enhance the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Diabetes Health Worker and Diabetes Health Practitioner and provide a framework for guiding policy on the diabetes training of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners for the next three years.

The competencies have been researched and developed in collaboration with a Project Advisory Group. Other professional bodies and consumers were engaged to ascertain the roles, training, base qualifications and competencies of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners.

Clear and transparent processes and standards have been established for identifying what should be expected of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners and what should be expected by their clients, peers and employers. These standards align with other relevant standards for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners. Qualifications assessed and compared in the process to develop diabetes competency standards were:

  • Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care
  • Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care
  • Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care (Practice)
  • Diploma in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care
  • Diploma in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care (Practice)
  • Enrolled Nursing.
The National core competencies for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Diabetes health workers and diabetes health practitioners have been developed by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

Abstracted adapted from Australian Diabetes Educators Association

Carr GF, Tait CP (2017)

Dermatological learning needs among Aboriginal health workers in rural and remote Australia: a cross-sectional survey [letter to the editor].

Australasian Journal of Dermatology; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajd.12658): 1-3

Conway J, Tsourtos G, Lawn S (2017)

The barriers and facilitators that indigenous health workers experience in their workplace and communities in providing self-management support: a multiple case study.

BMC Health Services Research; 17: 319

Retrieved 3 May 2017 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2265-5

CRANAplus (2017)

Safety and security guidelines for remote and isolated health.

Cairns, Qld: CRANAplus

Kirkham R, Hoon E, Rumbold A, Moore V (2017)

Understanding the role of Australian Aboriginal maternal infant care workers: bringing a cultural dimension to a critique of the ideal worker concept.

Community, Work & Family; Latest articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2017.1304893):

Stuart J, Hoang H, Crocombe L, Barnett T (2017)

Relationships between dental personnel and non-dental primary health care providers in rural and remote Queensland, Australia: dental perspectives.

BMC Oral Health; 17: 99

Retrieved 19 June 2017 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12903-017-0389-y

Woods C, Carlisle K, Larkins S, Thompson SC, Tsey K, Matthews V, Bailie R (2017)

Exploring systems that support good clinical care in Indigenous primary health-care services: a retrospective analysis of Longitudinal Systems Assessment Tool Data from high-improving services.

Frontiers in Public Health; 5: 45

Retrieved 24 March 2017 from https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00045

2016

Aboriginal Workforce Unit (2016)

NSW Health good health - great jobs: Aboriginal workforce strategic framework 2016-2020.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Adams M, Drew N, Elwell M, Harford-Mills M, Macrae A, O'Hara T, Trzesinski A (2016)

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet your health workforce support resource.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 40(Jan/Dec 2016): 36-37

Australian Department of Human Services (2016)

Education guide - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessments and follow-up services.

Retrieved 2016 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/enablers/education-guide-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-health

This guide was prepared to support health professionals, including general practitioners (GPs), who provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It includes information on health assessments and follow up services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Specifically it covers information on:

  • health assessment (Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item 715)
  • GP requirements for item 715
  • definition of patient 'life stages'
  • how to complete health assessment and follow-up services
  • follow-up services
  • patient eligibility for referred allied health services
  • referral requirements
  • reporting requirements
  • Closing the Gap on Indigenous health and the Practice Incentive Program (information on the Practice Incentive Program available here)
  • a case study that shows the health assessment stages between the GP and the patient.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Human Services

Australian Department of Human Services (2016)

Education guide - Closing the Gap - PBS Co-payment Measure.

Retrieved 2016 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/enablers/education-guide-closing-gap-pbs-co-payment-measure

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee (2016)

Cultural Respect Framework 2016-2026 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Canberra: Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council

This framework is a renewal of the Cultural respect framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health 2004-2009.

The framework has six domains and subsequent focus areas:

  • whole-of-organisation approach and commitment
  • communication
  • workforce development and training
  • consumer participation and engagement
  • stakeholder partnerships and collaboration
  • data, planning, research and evaluation.

This framework was developed for the Australian Health Ministers & Advisory Council by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Standing Committee and should be used in the government health sector, health departments and hospital and primary health care settings to guide strategies to improve culturally respectful services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner workforce.

Retrieved 24 August 2016 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/workforce/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-health-practitioner/

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner workforce resource is a collection of statistical data that serves as a breakdown of key facts and industry insights. The aims of the resource are to:

  • inform key stakeholders and policy makers about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in health practitioner industries
  • to identify the facts about the distribution of those practitioners, nationwide
  • and to work in conjunction with the Workforce data resource.

The resource was developed through the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and may be beneficial to policy makers who wish to identify cultural gaps in the industry.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Healthy Futures: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services: report card 2016.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides an update on the health services provided by Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS), using data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's online services report data collection and the national key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care.

The report card presents information in six areas:

  • section one provides information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
  • section two includes information on ACCHSs, and access to the primary health care services these services deliver to Indigenous Australians
  • section three shows the performance of ACCHSs against a set of key performance indicators
  • section four discusses areas of health need and health burden for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • section five looks at social and health indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and, where possible, non-Indigenous Australians
  • section six shows where ACCHSs and the Indigenous population are located, as well as the geographic variation in access to ACCHSs.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bailie J, Matthews V, Laycock A, Schultz R, Bailie R (2016)

Priority evidence-practice gaps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preventive health care: final report. Engaging stakeholders in identifying priority evidence-practice gaps and strategies for improvement in primary health care (ESP project).

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

This final report presents the findings from each of the phases of the Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps and Strategies for Improvement in Primary Health Care (ESP) Project for preventive care.

The report presents findings for all participating health centres from all jurisdictions together. It collates analysis of aggregated continuous quality improvement (CQI) data and stakeholder views on priority evidence-practice gaps, barriers and enablers to addressing the priority evidence-practice gaps, and strategies for improvement.

The report is designed for people working in a range of roles including national and jurisdictional policy makers, managers, community-controlled organisations and government health authorities, peak bodies, clinical leaders, researchers, primary health care staff and CQI practitioners who may have an interest in the interpretation and use of aggregated CQI data to drive decision making.

Abstract adapted from authors

Blackman R (2016)

Renee Blackman Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands #closethegap.

Retrieved 3 March 2016 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32VOp_VjRFY

This video features Renee Blackman, a Gubbi Gubbi woman from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (Qld). Ms Blackman explains:

  • the importance of keeping Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands
  • her role as a registered nurse
  • background on her previous experience as an Aboriginal Health Worker
  • her current role as the Regional Services Development Manager with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • her integral part in providing effective change, through service delivery, in primary health care.

The video aims to provide a key insight into the way Closing the gap can work in a health outcomes context. It was created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and practitioners by National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) TV.

Abstract adapted from Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHCRIS)

Cosgrave C, Maple M, Hussain R (2016)

Factors affecting job satisfaction of Aboriginal mental health workers working in community mental health in rural and remote New South Wales.

Australian Health Review; 41(6): 707-711

 

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Davy C, Cass A, Brady J, DeVries J, Fewquandie B, Ingram S, Mentha R, Simon P, Rickards B, Togni S, Liu H, Peiris D, Askew D, Kite E, Sivak L, Hackett M, Lavoie J, Brown A (2016)

Facilitating engagement through strong relationships between primary healthcare and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(6): 535-541

Deravin-Malone L (2016)

Creating pathways in nursing education to increase indigenous nursing numbers.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal; 23(8): 37

Durey A, McAullay D, Gibson B, Slack-Smith L (2016)

Aboriginal Health Worker perceptions of oral health: a qualitative study in Perth, Western Australia.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 15: 4

Retrieved 12 January 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-016-0299-7

Gwynne K, Lincoln M (2016)

Developing the rural health workforce to improve Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes: a systematic review.

Australian Health Review; Online early(http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH15241):

Harbridge R (2016)

Nurse practitioners could significantly improve indigenous health outcomes.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal; 23(8): 38

Lin I, Green C, Bessarab D (2016)

‘Yarn with me’: applying clinical yarning to improve clinician–patient communication in Aboriginal health care.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 22(5): 377-382

Munns A, Toye C, Hegney D, Kickett M, Marriott R, Walker R (2016)

The emerging role of the urban-based Aboriginal peer support worker: a Western Australian study.

Collegian; In press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2016.08.007):

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (2016)

National framework for determining scope of practice for the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health worker/health practitioner workforce.

Canberra: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association

This Framework is designed to help identify and document the scope of practice of an individual Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and/or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.

It is a guide and does not define exactly what each health worker or health practitioner can do as the range of care provided by this group of professionals is very broad. The main aim of the document is to enable Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to use their full range of skills so that they, their colleagues and the people they care for are safe.

The Framework commenced as a building block from the recommendations of the Growing our future: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Final Report in December 2011 and is the result of contributions from a range of stakeholders across Australia.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association abstract

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (2016)

The role of pharmacists in Australian health reform - improving health outcomes through cost effective primary care: Federal Budget submission 2016-17.

Canberra: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Schmidt B, Campbell S, McDermott R (2016)

Community health workers as chronic care coordinators: evaluation of an Australian Indigenous primary health care program.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(S1): S107–S114

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) (2016)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV website.

Retrieved 2016 from http://www.atsihiv.org.au/

This website aims to educate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about HIV, improve HIV testing rates, and end the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV.

The website includes:

  • information about HIV
  • health promotion resources on HIV, living with HIV, and medications
  • information about HIV Awareness Week
  • data and research reports
  • information for health workers about testing, health promotion and education, and supporting patients with HIV.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ussher JM, Charter R, Parton C, Perz J (2016)

Constructions and experiences of motherhood in the context of an early intervention for Aboriginal mothers and their children: mother and healthcare worker perspectives.

BMC Public Health; 16: 620

Retrieved 22 July 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3312-6

2015

Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (2015)

Aboriginal communities improving Aboriginal health: an evidence review on the contribution of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to improving Aboriginal health.

Sydney: Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council

This review addresses the gap in evidence about the diverse ways in which Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS) contribute to improving the health of Aboriginal peoples. In summary, there are important gaps in the evidence base, including a lack of studies on the ACCHS primary health care model as a whole and its impacts in some health areas. However, the evidence that is available provides a solid foundation supporting the roles and contributions of ACCHSs. Consideration of this evidence is vital to ensure programs and policies are appropriate and effective in improving the health of Aboriginal peoples.

Abstract adapted from Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (2015)

NSW Aboriginal community controlled health services Aboriginal recruitment & retention strategy.

Sydney: Brewarrina Aboriginal Health Service

Alford K (2015)

A cost-effective approach to closing the gap in health, education and employment: investing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing education, training and employment.

Canberra: Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (2015)

Health practitioner regulation: learn how you’re protected.

: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

This video is an educational resource on health practitioners, which targets the interested public. The video outlines the challenges of regulating an industry with over 630,000 professionals Australia-wide and it offers information on a number of topics:

  • checking if a health practitioner is registered
  • the rights and responsibilities of health practitioners
  • what happens when practitioners do not meet professional standards
  • where to find more information.

The video was developed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations: online services report - key results 2013-14.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Cooke M (2015)

Budget 2015-16: NACCHO's analysis: Aboriginal community controlled health sector.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Dennis S, Hasan I, Pulver LJ, Wilson I, Zwar N (2015)

Experiences and views of a brokerage model for primary care for Aboriginal people.

Australian Health Review; 39(1): 26-32

Department of Health Victoria (2015)

Koori health counts! 2012-13.

Melbourne: Department of Health Victoria

DʼAprano A, Silburn S, Johnston V, Oberklaid F, Tayler C (2015)

Culturally appropriate training for remote Australian Aboriginal health workers: evaluation of an early child development training intervention.

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics; Published Ahead-of-Print(http://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/Abstract/publishahead/Culturally_Appropriate_Training_for_Remote.99586.aspx):

Dwyer J, Martini A, Brown C, Tilton E, Devitt J, Myott P, Pekarsky B (2015)

The road is made by walking: towards a better primary health care system for Australia's first peoples.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

This research report is a study of planned reforms in primary health care (PHC) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory (between 2009 and 2014) and Cape York, Queensland (between 2006 and 2014). In both places the intention of the reforms was twofold: to establish a regional system of PHC provision with reliable access to care for all Aboriginal communities in the regions and to increase community control of health care by transferring some, or all of the responsibility for providing PHC from government health authorities to regional Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

The study aimed to provide a coherent description of reforms in PHC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory and in Cape York, Queensland, and an analysis of what helped and what got in the way of progress, and what might be done differently in the future.

The study considered implications for future development, in particular in regionalisation, for governance and stewardship, and in funding, contracting and accountability. It proposed six essential elements of substantive change that should be addressed in future work to develop a regional system of community controlled PHC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Abstract The Lowitja Institute

Dwyer J, Martini A, Brown C, Tilton E, Devitt J, Myott P, Pekarsky B (2015)

The road is made by walking: towards a better primary health care system for Australia's first peoples – summary report.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

Ella S, Lee KSK, Childs S, Conigrave KM (2015)

Who are the New South Wales Aboriginal drug and alcohol workforce? A first description.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 34(3): 312–322

Aboriginal Community Support Worker (2015)

Grand Pacific Health

Grealy C, Milward K, Farmer J (2015)

Healing informed organisations: final report.

Canberra: Healing Foundation

Harfield S, Davy C, Kite E, McArthur A, Munn Z, Brown N, Brown A (2015)

Characteristics of Indigenous primary health care models of service delivery: a scoping review protocol.

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports; 13(11): 43-51

Kelly J, Dwyer J, Pekarsky B, Mackean T, Willis E, de Crespigny C, Perkins S, O’Donnell K, King R, Mackean L, Brown A, Lawrence M, Dixon K (2015)

Managing Two Worlds Together: stage 3: improving Aboriginal patient journeys - study report.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

This study report summarises the activities, findings and challenges of the Improving Aboriginal patient journeys (IAPJ) study, which was stage three of the Managing two worlds together project. The aim of the IAPJ study was to develop, refine and evaluate a set of Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools for use in quality improvement and education. A collaborative approach to knowledge exchange was used, with the research team working with staff and managers from a range of health settings in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Together they explored how the tools could be adapted and used to make real improvements in communication, coordination and collaboration within and across a diverse range of patient journeys. The study focused on improving the health care journey for Aboriginal people as they travelled from home to hospital to home across numerous geographical and health care sites.

The Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools described in this report were used:

  • to understand and identify the complexity of the patient journey
  • to make the complex patient journeys visible
  • to organise the journey for analysis and response
  • to highlight the critical steps, gaps and responses, thus providing a focus for targeted action by health care providers.

Abstract adapted from authors

McCalman J, Searles A, Bainbridge R, Ham R, Mein J, Neville J, Campbell S, Tsey K (2015)

Empowering families by engaging and relating Murri way: a grounded theory study of the implementation of the Cape York Baby Basket program.

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 15: 119

Retrieved 21 May 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12884-015-0543-y

Mecwacare (2015)

Engaging respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

: Mecwacare

Deliver best practice cardiac care for Aboriginal people in NSW (2015)

National Heart Foundation of Australia

Nexus Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (2015)

Our reflection place: Naanggabun Yarning: Aboriginal peer reflection and supervision model and framework.

Melbourne: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative: Nexus

This model and framework came about from various stories collected through Aboriginal workforce development projects over a ten year period. These included:

  • An introduction to dual diagnosis for Aboriginal workers
  • Our healing ways research
  • Best practice manual for working with mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • SuperVision: a culturally relevant model for Aboriginal workers.

These projects lead into the development of the Naanggabun yarning project and the framework for peer reflection and clinical or practice SuperVision.

Three programs were structured to train participants how to use the cultural model and framework, culturally relevant ethics and guiding principles, these were the:

  • Peer group reflection
  • One on one peer reflection
  • Cultural framework for clinical supervisors of Aboriginal staff.

Over one hundred and twenty staff completed these training programs by the time the Naanggabun yarning project ended in May 2015. The participants who completed this training validated the cultural relevance of the model and framework, it was seen as a 'wellbeing tool that should be in all Aboriginal organisations'.

Abstract adapted from Naanggabun Yarning: Aboriginal peer reflection project

Pidgeon F (2015)

Occupational therapy: what does this look like practised in very remote Indigenous areas?.

Rural and Remote Health; 15: 3002

Retrieved 16 April 2015 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_3002.pdf

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne (2015)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Quality Improvement Framework and Toolkit for Hospital Staff (AQIFTHS).

Retrieved 2015 from http://www.svhm.org.au/aboutus/community/ICHPtoolkit/Pages/toolkit.aspx

This resource has been designed to give hospitals a systematic approach to improving Aboriginal health service delivery. The quality improvement process aims to build the capacity and sustainability of both the hospital and their local communities to make a real difference in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It provides an opportunity for local communities to develop strategies in partnership with the hospital in their area.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2015)

Report on government services 2015: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This compendium of Indigenous data, now in its thirteenth edition, is drawn from information contained in the Report on Government Services 2015.

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from the 2015 report. Service areas covered by the 2015 report include:

  • child care, 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.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Swain L, Barclay L (2015)

Medication reviews are useful, but the model needs to be changed: perspectives of Aboriginal Health Service health professionals on Home Medicines Reviews.

BMC Health Services Research; 15: 366

Retrieved 10 September 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-015-1029-3

Thomas SL, Williams K, Ritchie J, Zwi K (2015)

Improving paediatric outreach services for urban Aboriginal children through partnerships: views of community-based service providers.

Child: Care, Health and Development; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12246):

Tilton R, Martini A, Brown C, Strout K (2015)

Towards a history of Apunipima Cape York Health Council, 1994–2006.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2015)

Work in Aboriginal health in Victoria: GP training.

Retrieved 2015 from

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHOs) in Victoria (Vic) are training posts for prevocational doctors, GP Registrars and a career option for GPs.

This video covers information about:

  • Aboriginal culture in Vic
  • comprehensive primary health care
  • locations
  • support
  • opportunities
  • remuneration.

The video was produced by VACCHO for Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners in Vic.

Abstract adapted from Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Wilson AM, Magarey AM, Jones M, O'Donnell K, Kelly J (2015)

Attitudes and characteristics of health professionals working in Aboriginal health.

Rural and Remote Health; 15: 2739

Retrieved 30 March 2015 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_2739.pdf

2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (2014)

Registration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners [forum package].

Canberra: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

Adams Y, Drew N, Walker R (2014)

Principles of practice in mental health assessment with Aboriginal Australians.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 271-288 (chapter 16)

This book chapter provides information on concepts and history of assessment and testing in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Various assessment tools and measures that have been validated and proved appropriate for particular Aboriginal populations including youth, women and older people, are described.

This chapter is a part of the Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice book.

Abstract adapted from the Telethon Kids Institute

Askew D, Brady J, Brown A, Cass A, Davy C, DeVries J, Fewquandie B, Hackett M, Howard M, Ingram S, Liu H, Mentha R, Peiris D, Simon P, Rickards B, Togni S (2014)

The fork in the road: exploring factors which influence whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease remain engaged with health services.

Sydney: Kanyini Vascular Collaboration

Atkinson J, Nelson J, Brooks R, Atkinson C, Ryan K (2014)

Addressing individual and community transgenerational trauma.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 289-306 (chapter 17)

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (2014)

Health profession agreement: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency 2014-2015.

Melbourne: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

AIDA Mentoring Program (2014)

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Dental workforce 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Baba JT, Brolan CE, Hill PS (2014)

Aboriginal medical services cure more than illness: a qualitative study of how Indigenous services address the health impacts of discrimination in Brisbane communities.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 13: 56

Retrieved 10 October 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-13-56

Biddle N, Brennan C, Yap M (2014)

Effectiveness of traineeships and apprenticeships for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Bourke L, Waite C, Wright J (2014)

Mentoring as a retention strategy to sustain the rural and remote health workforce.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(1): 2 - 7

Bretherton T (2014)

Shifting gears in career: identifying drivers of career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in the health sector.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

Brown A, Davy C, Lavoie JG, Rickards B, Togni S, Peiris D, Liu H, Brady J, deVries J, Fewquandie B, Mentha R, Simon P, Ingram S, Askew D, Cass A (2014)

The impacts of practitioner and organisational fatigue on the health care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease.

Paper presented at the 2014 Primary Health Care Research Conference. 23-25 July 2014, Canberra

Chapman R, Martin C, Smith T (2014)

Evaluation of staff cultural awareness before and after attending cultural awareness training in an Australian emergency department.

International Emergency Nursing; 22(4): 179–184

Christensen D, Davis G, Draper G, Mitrou F, McKeown S, Lawrence D, McAullay D, Pearson G, Rikkers W, Zubrick SR (2014)

Evidence for the use of an algorithm in resolving inconsistent and missing Indigenous status in administrative data collections.

Australian Journal of Social Issues; 49(4): 423-443

Daws K, Punch A, Winters M, Posenelli S, Willis J, MacIsaac A, Rahman MA, Worrall-Carter L (2014)

Implementing a working together model for Aboriginal patients with acute coronary syndrome: an Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer and a specialist cardiac nurse working together to improve hospital care.

Australian Health Review; 38(5): 552-556

Dudgeon P, Rickwood D, Garvey D, Gridley H (2014)

A history of Indigenous psychology.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 39-54 (chapter 3)

Freckelton I (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner regulation.

Journal of Law and Medicine; 21(3): 550-560

Genat B (2014)

Capacity development activities of the VACCHO Nutrition and Physical Activity Team: evaluation report.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Gray D, Stearne A, Bonson M, Wilkes ET, Butt J, Wilson M (2014)

Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol, tobacco and other drugs treatment service sector: harnessing good intentions.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute

Greater Northern Area Regional Training Network (2014)

Exploring opportunities for enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professional training capacity in Northern Australia: summary report.

Darwin: Greater Northern Area Regional Training Network

Health Workforce Australia (2014)

Australia’s health workforce series: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers / practitioners in focus.

Canberra: Health Workforce Australia

Australia's health series is designed to focus on describing particular professions, settings and issues of interest aimed to assist with workforce planning.

This issue examines the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner workforce, bringing together available information to:

  • describe the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner workforce
  • the number and characteristics of this particular workforce
  • potential data sources to measure workforce activity
  • analysis based on information presented.

The publication is in four main parts:

  • What is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner?
  • What issues are expected to impact supply and/or demand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Practitioners?
  • Health Workforce Australia's assessment of the workforce.
  • What we know about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner.

Abstract adapted from Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2014)

Implementing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum framework: findings from national consultation.

Canberra: Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2014)

Leadership for the sustainability of the health system: part 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leadership, a key informant interview report.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Health Workforce Australia (2014)

Pharmacists in focus.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Heffernan E, Andersen K, McEntyre E, Kinner S (2014)

Mental disorder and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 165-178 (chapter 10)

Hendrick A, Britton KF, Hoffman J, Kickett M (2014)

Developing future health professionals' capacities for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education; 43(2): 154-164

Hunter B, Yap M (2014)

Income, work and education: insights for closing the gap in urban Australia.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Ismail S, Stern J, Waddell C, Morse A, Smith T (2014)

Training needs and solutions for eye care within ACCHOs.

Paper presented at the NACCHO healthy futures summit. 25 June 2014, Melbourne

Kuipers P, Harvey D, Lindeman M, Stothers K (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners in rural areas: credentialing, context and capacity building.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2897

Retrieved 10 October 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2897

Larkins S, Panzera A, Beaton N, Murray R, Mills J, Coulter K, Stewart R, Hollins J, Matich P, Baird D (2014)

Regional health workforce planning in north Queensland: starting with the end in mind.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

Laufik N (2014)

The physician assistant role in Aboriginal healthcare in Australia.

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants; 27(1): 32-35

Marriott R, Ferguson-Hill S (2014)

Perinatal and infant mental health and wellbeing.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 337-353 (chapter 19)

Mercer CA, Bryth J, Jordan Z (2014)

The experiences of Aboriginal health workers and non-Aboriginal health professionals working collaboratively in the delivery of health care to Aboriginal Australians: a systematic review.

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports; 12(3):

Moran AM, Coyle J, Pope R, Boxall D, Nancarrow SA, Young J (2014)

Supervision, support and mentoring interventions for health practitioners in rural and remote contexts: an integrative review and thematic synthesis of the literature to identify mechanisms for successful outcomes.

Human Resources for Health; 12(15): 1-30

Morell AL, Kiem S, Millsteed MA, Pollice A (2014)

Attraction, recruitment and distribution of health professionals in rural and remote Australia: early results of the Rural Health Professionals Program.

Human Resources for Health; 12(15): 1-6

Morse A, Waddell C, Arkapaw L (2014)

Eyes on the prize – use of clinical file audit data to set eye care goals and priorities at the local and regional health service level for Aboriginal community controlled health services in NSW and NT.

Paper presented at the Lowitja Institute CQI Conference 2014. 17-18 March 2014, Melbourne

Moss J, Parker R, Pinkstone K, Torrens S, Kirby C, Gartrell T, Peppercorn D, Preston E, Besa L (2014)

Everybody's business: a handbook for Indigenous employment.

Perth: Western Australian Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre

This step-by-step handbook has practical advice for managers and supervisors who are responsible for hiring and retaining staff.

This guide will help employers establish the practical tools they need to establish and maintain successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs. These include recruitment, application processes, hiring and supporting people through their career progression.

It was created in close consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations and aims to boost the sustainable employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The guide was developed in collaboration with GenerationOne, the Australia Employment Covenant, Reconciliation Australia and Social Ventures Australia.

Abstract adapted from GenerationOne

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (2014)

NATSIHWA strategic plan 2014 - 2017.

Canberra: National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association

New South Wales Aboriginal Workforce Planning and Development (2014)

Good health - great jobs: NSW Health Aboriginal workforce strategic framework 2011-2015: key performance indicator report January-June 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

New South Wales Ministry of Health (2014)

Aboriginal health worker guidelines for NSW Health.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

These guidelines aim to provide a framework for defining, implementing and supporting Aboriginal Health Workers working in New South Wales (NSW) Health Services. They aim to assist line managers and Aboriginal Health Workers to:

  • clearly understand their roles, responsibilities and career pathways
  • increase the capacity of health services and managers to support and strengthen Aboriginal Health Worker roles
  • promote appropriate education and training pathways
  • assist health services managers to make decisions on the scopes of practice, delegation of activities and supervision requirements.

The guidelines were developed under the Aboriginal Health Worker project, a project involving a review of the current workforce and education and training pathways and the development of new strategies and resources to better support Aboriginal Health Workers in NSW Health.

Abstract adapted from NSW Health

Parker R, Balaratnasingam S, Roy M, Huntley J, Mageean A (2014)

Intellectual disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 307-334 (chapter 18)

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (2014)

The QAIHC core indicators : overview of development and technical details : version 3.

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Rix EF, Barclay L, Wilson S (2014)

Can a white nurse get it? ‘Reflexive practice’ and the non-Indigenous clinician/researcher working with Aboriginal people.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2769

Retrieved 3 June 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2679

Rose M (2014)

'Knowledge is power' : Aboriginal healthworkers' perspectives on their practice, education and communities.

Doctor of Education thesis, University of Technology: Sydney

This study explores Aboriginal Health Workers' workplace roles and practice, their education and training, community experience and their discourse about these topics. Aboriginal Health Workers have a wide variety of roles in both Aboriginal and mainstream health services.

In this study interview were carried out with nine New South Wales Health Workers from varied workplaces, roles and education and community backgrounds.

Abstract adapted from University of Technology

Rural Health Education Foundation (2014)

Rural Health Education Foundation teaching clips.

: Rural Health Education Foundation

These teaching clips are designed to ensure the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students.

There are eight teaching clips in the series:

  • the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
  • training and getting started
  • cultural brokerage
  • gathering medical, social, family and cultural information
  • improving patient communication and understanding
  • health workers front and centre in a primary healthcare clinic
  • supporting patients during their hospital stay
  • connecting the community with health services and information.

The clips were developed as part of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network Program. This is a program of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Russell DJ (2014)

The patterns, determinants and measurement of rural and remote primary health care workforce turnover and retention.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Monash University: Melbourne

Sabesan S, Allen D, Caldwell P, Loh PK, Mozer R, Komesaroff PA, Talman P, Williams M, Shaheen N, Gabinski O (2014)

Practical aspects of telehealth: doctor–patient relationship and communication.

Internal Medicine Journal; 44(1): 101 - 103

Silburn S, Robinson G, Leckning B, Henry D, Cox A, Kickett D (2014)

Preventing suicide among Aboriginal Australians.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 147-164 (chapter 9)

Sinclair C, Williams G, Knight A, Auret K (2014)

A public health approach to promoting advance care planning to Aboriginal people in regional communities.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 22(1): 23-28

Taylor K, Guerin P (2014)

Health care and Indigenous Australians : cultural safety in practice.

2nd ed. South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

The Lowitja Institute (2014)

Shifting gears in career: identifying drivers of career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in the health sector: Policy brief.

Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute

This paper explores how the Australian health sector might improve opportunities for career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. It considers the current evidence surrounding career development in the health sector, along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker experiences, to develop a usable conceptual framework for change.

The Lowitja Institute

WA Country Health Services (2014)

WA Country Health Service Aboriginal employment strategy 2014-2018.

Perth: WA Country Health Services

Wakerman J, Stothers K (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health general practice embraces its significant role in closing the gap.

Australian Family Physician; 43(1): 7

Walker R, Schultz C, Sonn C (2014)

Cultural competence - transforming policy, services, programs and practice.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 195-220 (chapter 12)

Walker R (2014)

Introduction to national standards for the mental health workforce.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. . 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 181-194 (chapter 11)

Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre factsheets (2014)

Western Australian Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre

This range of workforce factsheets were developed for both job seekers and employers. The topics for Aboriginal job seekers are:

  • Do you need help to get a job or career?
  • Housing
  • I'm an Aboriginal person, how do I find a mentor?
  • Ready jobs and communities program.

The topics for employers are:

  • Building an Aboriginal workforce
  • Can we help you to promote your services?
  • Developing an Aboriginal employment strategy
  • How can I attract Aboriginal staff?
  • How can I recruit Aboriginal staff?
  • How can I retain Aboriginal staff?
  • How do I find a mentor for my Aboriginal employee?
  • Incentives for employers
  • Indigenous employment program
  • More on mentoring
  • Ready, set, job
  • Reconciliation action plan
  • Remote jobs and communities program
  • What is workplace mentoring
  • What makes a good mentor.

The factsheets were developed by the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre.

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre

Wieland L (2014)

My journey into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Australian Family Physician; 43(1/2): 12-14

Wilkes E, Gray D, Casey W, Stearne A, Dadd L (2014)

Harmful substance use and mental health.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 125-146 (chapter 8)

This chapter, from the 2nd edition of Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice, provides information about harmful substance use and mental health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The chapter explores a range of issues, including:

  • current substance use and related harms
  • social and emotional wellbeing and comorbidity
  • social determinants of mental health and substance use.

Four key issues of concern are discussed within the chapter, which are:

  • What are the problems?
  • What are the underlying issues?
  • What is, and can be done, to address harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
  • What else needs to be done?

Working together is intended for staff and students and all health practitioners working in areas that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Wilson A (2014)

Addressing uncomfortable issues: reflexivity as a tool for culturally safe practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education; 43(2): 218-230

Workforce Planning and Development (2014)

Definition of an Aboriginal health worker.

Sydney: NSW Health

Zubrick SR, Holland C, Kelly K, Calma T, Walker R (2014)

The evolving policy context in mental health and wellbeing.

In: Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. 2nd edition ed. Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet: 69-90 (chapter 5)

 
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