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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.

2018

Henley G, Harrison JE (2018)

Hospitalised farm injury, Australia: 2010-11 to 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

2017

Armstrong EM, Ciccone N, Hersh D, Katzenellebogen J, Coffin J, Thompson S, Flicker L, Hayward C, Woods D, McAllister M (2017)

Development of the Aboriginal Communication Assessment After Brain Injury (ACAABI): a screening tool for identifying acquired communication disorders in Aboriginal Australians.

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; 19(3): 297-308

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet

This is the sixth report against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The HPF monitors progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, health system performance and the broader determinants of health. This report includes updates for all administrative data collections and also the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey results for 2014-15. The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is improving for a number of measures, although there remain many areas where further concerted effort will be needed to achieve improvements in health outcomes. Data quality limitations and the small size of many estimates affect the ability to effectively monitor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the performance of the health system.

The 2017 HPF report is supported by detailed analyses including dynamic data displays with interactive charts and online tables published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Retrieved 3/3/2017 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent indicators of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information focuses on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

The Overview shows that the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continues to improve slowly and there has been a decline in the death rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also a significant closing of the gap in death rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people. The infant mortality rate has declined significantly. There have also been improvements in a number of areas contributing to health status such as the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers who smoked during pregnancy has decreased. There has been a slight decrease in the proportion of low birth weight babies born to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers between 2004 and 2014. Age-standardised death rates for respiratory disease in NSW, Qld, WA, SA and NT declined by 26% over the period 1998-2012 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Two new sections are featured in this edition of the Overview. With the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them home report, a section has been dedicated to Healing which highlights the contribution of healing workers and organisations to supporting people, families and communities impacted by the Stolen Generations. Environmental health with its important link to the social determinants of health is also included for the first time in the Overview 2016.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This latest Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status provides an up-to-date, plain language summary of the health of Indigenous people. It includes Indigenous-specific information on:

  • population
  • births
  • deaths
  • common health problems
  • health risk and protective factors.

The Summary has been prepared by the HealthInfoNet as part of its effort to help 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The Summary aims to make this information available to all people, including those without a specialised knowledge of the health field. The HealthInfoNet makes relevant high quality knowledge and information readily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework.

Retrieved 30 May 2017 from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare/health-performance-framework/contents/summary

Azzam N, Oei J, Adams S, Bajuk B, Hilder L, Mohamed A, Wright IMR, Holland AJA (2017)

Influence of early childhood burns on school performance: an Australian population study.

Archives of Disease in Childhood; Online first(https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2017-313355):

Brennan-Olsen SL, Vogrin S, Leslie WD, Kinsella R, Toombs M, Duque G, Hosking SM, Holloway KL, Doolan BJ, Williams LJ, Page RS, Pasco JA, Quirk SE (2017)

Fractures in Indigenous compared to non-Indigenous populations: a systematic review of rates and aetiology.

Bone Reports; 6: 145-158

Charles J (2017)

The Aboriginal Multiple Injury Questionnaire (AMIQ): the development of a musculoskeletal injury questionnaire for an Australian Aboriginal population.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 17(3)

Retrieved July 2017 from http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/the-aboriginal-multiple-injury-questionnaire-amiq-the-development-of-a-musculoskeletal-injury-questionnaire-for-an-australian-aboriginal-population/

Fraser S, Grant J, Mackean T, Hunter K, Holland AJA, Clapham K, Teague WJ, Ivers RQ (2017)

Burn injury models of care: a review of quality and cultural safety for care of Indigenous children.

Burns; In press(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2017.10.013):

Henley G, Harrison J (2017)

Serious unintentional injury involving a railway train or tram, Australia, 2009-10 to 2013-14.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Kimble RM, Griffin BR (2017)

Reducing the incidence of burn injuries to Indigenous Australian children [editorial].

Medical Journal of Australia; 206(9): 389-390

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

Lakhani A, Townsend C, Bishara J (2017)

Traumatic brain injury amongst Indigenous people: a systematic review.

Brain Injury; Latest articles(https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2017.1374468):

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

Möller H, Harvey L, Falster K, Ivers R, Clapham KF, Jorm L (2017)

Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children hospitalised for burn injuries: a population data linkage study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 206(9): 392-397

Randall SM, Wood FM, Boyd JH, Duke JM (2017)

Geographic distribution of burn in an Australian setting.

Burns; In press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2017.04.002):

Read DJ, Tan SC, Ward L, McDermott K (2017)

Burns first aid treatment in remote Northern Australia.

Burns; In press(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2017.07.013):

2016

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

Causes of death, Australia, 2014.

Retrieved 8 March 2016 from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3303.0?OpenDocument

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

Causes of Death, Australia, 2014: Deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians [data cube].

Retrieved 8 March 2016 from http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/subscriber.nsf/log?openagent&3303_12%20%20deaths%20of%20aboriginal%20and%20torres%20strait%20islander%20australians.xls&3303.0&Data%20Cubes&08B86273CE567D48CA257F6F000D440E&0&2014&08.03.2016&Latest

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2015. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a plain language summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Indigenous people. It includes Indigenous-specific information on:

  • population
  • births
  • deaths
  • common health problems
  • health risk and protective factors.

The Summary has been prepared by the HealthInfoNet as part of its effort to help 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The Summary aims to make this information available to all people, including those without a specialised knowledge of the health field. The HealthInfoNet makes relevant high quality knowledge and information readily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report, the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander burden of disease study undertaken by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, provides a set of estimates of the fatal and non-fatal burden of disease for the 2011 and 2003 reference years. It also provides estimates of attributable burden for various risk factors, as well as disaggregation of estimates by selected states and territories, socioeconomic group and remoteness. Estimates of the gap in disease burden between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians are also reported.

The study provides an evidence base to inform health policy, program and service delivery. This, in turn, helps to guide expenditure on health that is cost effective, equitable and optimises health gains.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011 - summary report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Children's headline indicators [interactive data portal].

Retrieved 2016 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/chi/

Bishop L, Laverty M, Gale L (2016)

Providing aeromedical care to remote Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) produced this research and policy paper to identify the main causes of illness and injury for remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The paper was also developed to highlight the impact of illnesses and injuries on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to describe the role of the RFDS in providing aeromedical retrievals to ensure equity of access to care for sick or injured Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The paper presents both quantitative data around the illnesses and injuries experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are transported by the RFDS to receive medical care in a tertiary hospital, and descriptive data around the other services the RFDS provides to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This paper presents national data on the causes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths and hospitalisations, and specific information around remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The research and policy paper comprises six sections:

  • introduction
  • purpose of the report
  • the general health status of Indigenous peoples throughout the world, in Australia, and in remote and rural areas of Australia
  • a broad description of the suite of healthcare services provided by the RFDS and those accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • RFDS aeromedical retrieval data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • conclusion.

Abstract adapted from authors

Bishop L, Gale L, Laverty M (2016)

Responding to injuries in remote and rural Australia.

Canberra: Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia

This report provides incidence rates and associated death and morbidity for non-intentional and intentional injuries in remote and rural Australia. The report provides details on falls, burns, poisonings, transport accidents, workplace injuries, drownings, self harm and assault. It shows the disparity that exists between country and city. It also provides aggregated statistics on childhood accidents and injuries and injuries experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Brennan-Olsen SL, Quirk SE, Leslie WD, Toombs M, Holloway KL, Hosking SM, Pasco JA, Doolan BJ, Page RS, Williams LJ (2016)

Comparison of fracture rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations: a systematic review protocol.

BMJ Open; 6(8): e012124

Retrieved 26 August 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012124

Cullen P, Clapham K, Hunter K, Treacy R, Ivers R (2016)

Challenges to driver licensing participation for Aboriginal people in Australia: a systematic review of the literature.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 15: 134

Retrieved 31 August 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-016-0422-9

Dempsey K (2016)

In harm's way: a study of Northern Territory linked crash records.

Doctorate in Public Health thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Harriss LR, Thompson F, Dey A, Mills J, Watt K, McDermott R (2016)

When chronic conditions become emergencies - a report from regional Queensland.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12320):

Hendrie D, Miller TR, Randall S, Brameld K, Moorin RE (2016)

Incidence and costs of injury in Western Australia 2012.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Henley G, Harrison JE (2016)

Trends in serious injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes, Australia: 2001 to 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

Möller H, Falster K, Ivers R, Falster M, Randall D, Clapham K, Jorm L (2016)

Inequalities in hospitalized unintentional injury between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia.

American Journal of Public Health; e-View Ahead of Print(http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303022):

Möller H, Falster K, Ivers R, Falster MO, Clapham K, Jorm L (2016)

Closing the Aboriginal child injury gap: targets for injury prevention.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12591):

Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory (2016)

Annual report 2015-2016, Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee.

Darwin: Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory

Pointer S (2016)

Hospitalised injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people 2011-13.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides information about injuries that resulted in hospitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people (0 to 24 years) during the period 2011-2013. The report provides details of incidence by age, sex, remoteness of usual resident, and cause of injury.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pointer S, Tovell A (2016)

Hospitalised burn injuries, Australia, 2013-14.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Royal Life Saving Society Australia (2016)

National drowning report 2016.

Sydney: Royal Life Saving Society Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016 report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the seventh 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. The report is produced by the Steering Committee, commissioned by the Council of Australia Governments (COAG), in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report measures progress in relation to COAG Closing the Gap targets and against 52 indicators. Progress is measured across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities. The report also includes case studies on things that work to improve outcomes.

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

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report provides an overview of the full report on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage. The report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the seventh 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. The report is produced by the Steering Committee, commissioned by the Council of Australia Governments (COAG), in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report measures progress in relation to COAG Closing the Gap targets and against 52 indicators. Progress is measured across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities. The report also includes case studies on things that work to improve outcomes.

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

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

2015

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)

Australia's welfare 2015: in brief.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Australian Burden of Disease Study: fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents estimates of fatal burden for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for 2010 produced as part of the Indigenous component of the Australian burden of disease study.

Fatal burden is measured in years of life lost, which is the sum of the number of years of life lost due to premature death from disease and injury. Fatal burden estimates presented in this report are described for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population for broad disease groups, by age and sex. Estimates of the 'gap' in fatal burden between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are also reported, together with selected sub-national estimates (selected states and territories, remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage).

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare will release a more comprehensive report on the burden of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2016. It will update and extend this report with 2011 estimates of fatal and non-fatal burden for more specific causes, as well as the burden attributable to selected risk factors.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Health expenditure Australia 2013 - 14.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Indigenous Health and Welfare Statistics [mobile app].

Retrieved 2015 from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/indigenous-health-welfare/id985484597?mt=8

Burns J, Burrow S, Drew N, Elwell M, Gray C, Harford-Mills M, Hoareau J, Lynch R, MacRae A, O’Hara T, Potter C, Ride K, Trzesinski A (2015)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2014 provides a plain language summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Indigenous people. It includes Indigenous-specific information on:

  • population
  • births
  • deaths
  • common health problems
  • health risk and protective factors.

The Summary has been prepared by the HealthInfoNet as part of its effort to help 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The Summary aims to make this information available to all people, including those without a specialised knowledge of the health field. The HealthInfoNet makes relevant high quality knowledge and information readily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Clough AR, Bird K (2015)

The implementation and development of complex alcohol control policies in Indigenous communities in Queensland (Australia).

International Journal of Drug Policy; 26(4): 345–351

Department of Health Victoria (2015)

Koori health counts! 2012-13.

Melbourne: Department of Health Victoria

Hersh D, Armstrong E, Bourke N (2015)

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

Disability and Rehabilitation; 37(1): 33-40

Hersh D, Armstrong E, Panak V, Coombes J (2015)

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

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; 17(1): 74-85

Ivers RQ, Hunter K, Clapham K, Coombes J, Fraser S, Lo S, Gabbe B, Hendrie D, Read D, Kimble R, Sparnon A, Stockton K, Simpson R, Quinn L, Towers K, Potokar T, Mackean T, Grant J, Lyons RA, Jones L, Eades S, Daniels J, Holland AJA (2015)

Understanding burn injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: protocol for a prospective cohort study.

BMJ Open; 5(10): e009826

Retrieved 13 October 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009826

Möller H, Falster K, Ivers R, Jorm L (2015)

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

Injury Prevention; 21(e1): e144-e152

Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory (2015)

Annual report 2014-2015, Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee.

Darwin: Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory

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

Walker N, Stoneham M, Sullivan D, Davison E, Milner R (2015)

Injury prevention in Western Australia: a review of statewide activity for selected injury areas.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

2014

Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. (2014)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet

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

Anomie, MacRae A, Burns J, Poynton M, D'Costa B, Ride K, Gray C, Thomson N, Hoareau J, Trzesinski A, Levitan L (2014)

Summary of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia, 2013.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

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)

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

Holman D, Joyce SJ (2014)

A promising future: WA Aboriginal health programs: review of performance with recommendations for consolidation and advance.

Perth, WA: Department of Health, Western Australia

This report, also known as The Holman Review, evaluated the effectiveness of state-funded Indigenous health programs in Western Australia (WA), focusing on the measurement and achievement of clinical health outcomes. The report examined 184 Indigenous health programs and found that the majority deliver value for money and are underpinned by scientific evidence.

The report also found that primary prevention programs are under-funded relative to their significance and that service delivery in regional areas is fragmented. The report recommends that changes be made to the way the WA Department of Health funds and contracts Indigenous health services. The report was commissioned by the WA Department of Health at the request of the State Government and was prepared by independent expert Winthrop Professor D'Arcy Holman, Professor of Public Health at the University of WA.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Productivity Commission (2014)

Access to justice arrangements.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

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

 
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