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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older people's health. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2017

Dudgeon P, Herbert J, Milroy J, Oxenham D, eds. (2017)

Us women, our ways, our world.

Broome, WA: Magabala Books

This book is a collection of writings on women and Aboriginal identity from 15 senior Indigenous academics and community leaders. The collection engages with questions such as:

  • What makes Aboriginal women strong?
  • Why are grandmothers so important (even ones never met)?
  • How is the connection to country different for Aboriginal people compared to non-Aboriginal people's love of nature or sense of belonging to an area?
  • What is Aboriginal spirituality?

Abstract Magabala Books

Australian National Audit Office (2017)

Indigenous aged care.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report presents the findings from the the Australian National Audit Office's independent performance audit in the Department of Health and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care. The report provides details on:

  • background information
  • access and use of aged care services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • administration and regulation of aged care services
  • performance monitoring and reporting.

The report includes recommendations for future improvements in this sector.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Kreisfeld R, Pointer S, Bradley C (2017)

Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2002-03 to 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Lukaszyk C, Coombes J, Turner NJ, Hillmann E, Keay L, Tiedemann A, Sherrington C, Ivers R (2017)

Yarning about fall prevention: community consultation to discuss falls and appropriate approaches to fall prevention with older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

BMC Public Health; 18: 77

Retrieved 1 August 2017 from https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4628-6

Lukaszyk C, Harvey LA, Sherrington C, Close JCT, Coombes J, Mitchell RJ, Moore R, Ivers R (2017)

Fall-related hospitalisations of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

Medical Journal of Australia; 207(1): 31-35

Lukaszyk C, Radford K, Delbaere K, Ivers R, Rogers K, Sherrington C, Tiedemann A, Coombes J, Daylight G, Draper B, Broe T (2017)

Risk factors for falls among older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in urban and regional communities.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12481): 1-7

Minogue C, Delbaere K, Radford K, Broe T, Forder WS, Lah S (2017)

Development and initial validation of the Retrospective Indigenous Childhood Enrichment scale (RICE).

International Psychogeriatrics; First View(https://doi.org/10.1017/S104161021700179X): 1-8

Mission Australia (2017)

Ageing and homelessness: solutions to a growing problem.

Sydney: Mission Australia

Sheel M, Beard FH, Dey A, Macartney K, McIntyre PB (2017)

Rates of hospitalisation for herpes zoster may warrant vaccinating Indigenous Australians under 70.

Medical Journal of Australia; 207(9): 395-396

2016

Australian Human Rights Commission (2016)

Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.

Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission

Davy C, Kite E, Aitken G, Dodd G, Rigney J, Hayes J, Van Emden J (2016)

What keeps you strong? A systematic review identifying how primary health-care and aged-care services can support the well-being of older Indigenous peoples.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; 35(2): 90-97

Hill KD, Flicker L, LoGiudice D, Smith K, Atkinson D, Hyde Zoë, Fenner S, Skeaf L, Malay R, Boyle E (2016)

Falls risk assessment outcomes and factors associated with falls for older Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(6): 553-558

Hyde Z, Flicker L, Smith K, Atkinson D, Fenner S, Skeaf L, Malay R, Giudice D (2016)

Prevalence and incidence of frailty in Aboriginal Australians, and associations with mortality and disability.

Maturitas; 87: 89-94

Lindeman MA, Smith K, LoGiudice D, Elliott M (2016)

Community care for Indigenous older people: an update.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12316): 1-4

LoGiudice D (2016)

The health of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12332):

Lukaszyk C, Coombes J, Keay L, Sherrington C, Tiedemann A, Broe T, Lovitt L, Ivers R (2016)

Fall prevention services for older Aboriginal people: investigating availability and acceptability.

Public Health Research & Practice; 26(5): e2651659

Retrieved 19 December 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2651659

Lukaszyk C, Harvey L, Sherrington C, Keay L, Tiedemann A, Coombes J, Clemson L, Ivers R (2016)

Risk factors, incidence, consequences and prevention strategies for falls and fall-injury within older Indigenous populations: a systematic review.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12585):

Sivertsen N, Harrington A (2016)

Working with older indigenous generations - aged care perspectives.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal; 23(8): 34

2015

Australian Government Department of Health (2015)

Implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

This publication reports on the implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2013-2023. The implementation plan focuses on the Australian Government's role in ensuring the health system is flexible to respond to identified needs, is able to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices, and provides culturally safe access to quality early intervention and treatment services and integrated clinical services, and is free of racism.

It includes strategies such as:

  • investing in increased capability of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations to be able to meet identified needs
  • reducing racism and discrimination and improving the cultural safety of the mainstream health system, including primary health care
  • identifying, mapping and responding to need, recognising that geographical factors can play an important role in assessing the need of individual communities, and ensuring good quality care is delivered
  • ensuring evidence-based care is provided
  • ensuring accountability and leadership for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health
  • defining the core services that are required to flexibly respond to identified needs
  • increasing workforce capability
  • partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all levels of planning, service delivery and evaluation.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Australia's welfare 2015.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Residential aged care and home care 2013–14: Indigenous people in aged care.

Retrieved 4 September 2015 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/aged-care/residential-and-home-care-2013-14/indigenous-australians/

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Use of aged care services before death.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health

Davy C, Kite E, Aitken G, Dodd G, Rigney J, Hayes J, Van Emden J (2015)

What keeps you strong? How primary healthcare and aged care services can support the wellbeing of older Indigenous peoples: a systematic literature review protocol.

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports; 13(12): 47-58

Flicker L, Logiudice D (2015)

What can we learn about dementia from research in Indigenous populations?.

International Psychogeriatrics; 27(12): 1957-1958

Holloway K, Toye C, McConigley R, Tieman J, Currow D, Hegarty M (2015)

National consultation informing development of guidelines for a palliative approach for aged care in the community setting.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; 34(1): 21–26

Nicholas R, Roche A, Lee N, Bright S, Walsh K (2015)

Preventing and reducing alcohol- and other drug-related harm among older people: a practical guide for health and welfare professionals.

Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction

This resource is a practical guide for health professionals, who are faced with the challenges of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among older Australians. Major cohorts at risk of harmful substance abuse among older Australians, as categorised in the guide are:

  • maintainers (those who previously used substances problematically, who have developed a problem later in their life)
  • reactors (those who become users later in life)
  • survivors (those who were users earlier in life)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • culturally linguistic and diverse people
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people
  • women
  • injecting drug users.

The guide includes an extensive introduction, with an epidemiology section, chapters on prevention and treatment and comprehensive information concerning the Older Wiser Lifestyles (OWL) program, which was launched as Australia's first AOD program targeting older people.

The guide was developed through the research conducted by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).

Abstract adapted from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

NSW Parliamentary Research Service (2015)

Older prisoners: trends and challenges.

Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales

Radford K, Mack HA, Draper B, Chalkley S, Delbaere K, Daylight G, Cumming RG, Bennett H, Broe GA (2015)

Comparison of three cognitive screening tools in older urban and regional Aboriginal Australians.

Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders; 40(1-2): 22-32

Ngadluku Purkarna Tirra-apinthi: Protecting our Elders: service provider handbook (2015)

South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

This handbook is a cultural resource package, which aims to assist service providers in responding to older person abuse. The handbook is the product of a research project, which sought to acknowledge and build on the achievements of community sector organisations, in their measurable responses to older person abuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

This handbook includes a number of sections of relevance to service providers, including:

  • abuse of older people
  • recognising older person abuse
  • risk factors
  • barriers to disclosing abuse
  • barriers to responding to abuse
  • key principles and Aboriginal cultural protocols for responding to abuse
  • case studies
  • a list of contacts in the topic area.

The handbook is an initiative of the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion. It was designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Abstract adapted from South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

2014

Armstrong E (2014)

Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations: best practice statements.

Retrieved 2014 from

This web-based resource aims to encourage culturally appropriate working practices for speech pathologists working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been affected by a stroke.

The 12 statements outline the following attributes of best practice:

  • cross cultural competence training
  • implementing local protocols
  • checking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status
  • involving an Aboriginal liaison officer (ALO)
  • using interpreter services
  • using appropriate terminology
  • including yarning time
  • exploring patient's family and community roles
  • taking a holistic management approach
  • providing assessment choice
  • being aware of local services
  • reflective practice.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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)

Healthy life expectancy in Australia: patterns and trends 1998 to 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Transition care for older people leaving hospital: 2005-06 to 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bell D, Lindeman MA, Reid JB (2014)

The (mis)matching of resources and assessed need in remote Aboriginal community aged care.

Australasian Journal on Ageing; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12164):

Braun KL, Browne CV, Ka'opua LS, Kim BJ, Mokuau N (2014)

Research on Indigenous elders: from positivistic to decolonizing methodologies.

The Gerontologist; 54(1): 117 - 126

Charlton KE, Batterham MJ, Buchanan LM, Mackerras D (2014)

Intraindividual variation in urinary iodine concentrations: effect of adjustment on population distribution using two and three repeated spot urine collections.

BMJ Open; 4(1): e003799

Retrieved 8 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003799

Department of Social Services (2014)

Key directions for the Commonwealth home support programme - basic support for older people living at home: discussion paper.

Canberra: Department of Social Services

Flicker L, Holdsworth K (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and dementia: a review of the research.

Canberra: Alzheimer's Australia

Henderson J, Crotty M, Fuller J, Martinez L (2014)

Meeting unmet needs? The role of a rural mental health service for older people.

Advances in Mental Health; 13(3): 182-191

Hunter W (2014)

Food security among older Australians.

Nutridate; 25(2): 2-4

Kowal P, Towers A, Byles J (2014)

Ageing across the Tasman sea: the demographics and health of older adults in Australia and New Zealand.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(4): 377–383

McKercher C, Chan HW, Clayton PA, McDonald S, Jose MD (2014)

Dialysis outcomes of elderly Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Nephrology; 19(10): 610–616

McNamara BJ, Banks E, Gubhaju L, Williamson A, Joshy G, Raphael B, Eades SJ (2014)

Measuring psychological distress in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians: a comparison of the K-10 and K-5.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(6): 567–573

Meuleners LB, Fraser ML, Ng J, Morlet N (2014)

The impact of first- and second-eye cataract surgery on injurious falls that require hospitalisation: a whole-population study.

Age and Ageing; 43(3): 341-346

Arthritis in rural and remote Australia (2014)

National Rural Health Alliance

Parker RM (2014)

Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: editorial.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(8): 435-436

Radford K, Mack HA, Robertson H, Draper B, Chalkley S, Daylight G, Cumming R, Bennett H, Jackson Pulver L, Broe GA (2014)

The Koori Growing Old Well Study: investigating aging and dementia in urban Aboriginal Australians.

International Psychogeriatrics; 26(6): 1033-1043

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

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

Report on government services 2014: community services: volume F.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

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

Report on government services 2014: health: volume E.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

You EC, Dunt DR, White V, Hoorn SV, Doyle C (2014)

Risk of death or hospital admission among community-dwelling older adults living with dementia in Australia.

BMC Geriatrics; 14: 71

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-14-71

 
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