Aboriginal Australians--Health

Report

1 Dec 2017

This report examines Indigenous mortality and life expectancy during the period 2001 to 2015, based on evidence from the Enhanced Mortality Database. The study observed increases in life expectancy during the study period for both Indigenous males and females across most jurisdictions. Life expectancy however...

Research report

13 Nov 2017

New health technologies, diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities are continually being developed and implemented, along with constant reform of the supporting health services and systems. It is critical that health services understand how health care users perceive services and if services are fit for purpose....

Strategy

7 Nov 2017

As a general matter of existential exigencies, older people, irrespective of location in Australia, are more likely to be individuals who have complex health challenges, will need a diverse range of support services, and experience social isolation, loneliness, ageism (age discrimination) and abuse. However,...

Report

5 Nov 2017

This surveillance report provides information on the occurrence of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia for the purposes of stimulating and supporting discussion on ways forward in minimising the transmission risks, as well as the...

Research report

18 Oct 2017

At the whole population level, cardio vascular disease, including its most common form heart disease, generates the largest disease burden in Australia and is responsible for over one fifth of all deaths. However, this substantial and growing burden is not shared equally among Australian men...

Journal article

11 Oct 2017

Smoking is the leading contributor to the burden of disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and there is considerable potential for change.

Understanding the epidemic stage may provide insight into probable trends in smoking-attributable mortality, and inform program and policy development....

Journal article

11 Oct 2017

This study estimates fatal and nonfatal disease burden among Indigenous Australians in 2011 and compares it with non-Indigenous Australians. The study found that there were 284 years lost per 1000 people because of premature death or living with ill health. Most of the disease burden...

Draft report

6 Oct 2017

The Treasurer has asked the Queensland Productivity Commission (the Commission) to undertake an inquiry into service delivery in Queensland's remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

This draft report has been released to provide an opportunity for consultation...

Journal article

1 Oct 2017

Abstract

Objectives: To examine the impact of state/territory policy support on (1) uptake of evidence-based continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities and (2) quality of care for Indigenous Australians.

Design: Mixed-method comparative case study methodology, drawing on quality-of-care audit data, documentary...

Journal article

14 Sep 2017

Objectives To describe trends in ages and causes of death in a remote-living Australian Aboriginal group over a recent 50-year period.

Design A retrospective observational study, from 1960 to 2010, of deaths and people starting dialysis, using data from local clinic, parish,...

Draft report

Strategy

14 Sep 2017

The Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) that map the entire cancer pathway for specific tumour types aim to provide a template for evaluating cancer care programs, as well as foster an understanding of the whole cancer pathway and its distinct components to promote quality cancer care...

Case study

8 Sep 2017

The 2017 case study formulates advice for health system reform to address disparities in health outcomes of Aboriginal people. Aboriginal leaders are clear. If better health outcomes are to be realised across the board, there must be an integrated, cross-discipline, cross-portfolio, and Aboriginal-led approach. This...

Evaluation

6 Sep 2017

This report presents findings of an evaluation of a healing program at the Murri School, which has has run since 2012. The program combines therapeutic intervention, service coordination, family case work, family camps, cultural and group activities, and (re)connection with educational and sporting activities. Among...

Briefing paper

31 Aug 2017

This research brief provides an analysis of available data on the prevalence rates of Indigenous people with mental health disorders and cognitive disability in Australia and outlines the challenges in obtaining accurate data. The brief considers issues facing these groups of Indigenous people in their...

Research report

9 Aug 2017

In 2017 we’re celebrating twenty years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led and focused health research – recognising the journey of the Lowitja Institute and the four associated Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).

To mark this anniversary we have launched this publication, which outlines the...

Journal article

1 Aug 2017

Abstract

Background

Indigenous communities in Queensland (Australia) have been subject to Alcohol Management Plans since 2002/03, with significant penalties for breaching restrictions. ‘Sly grog’ and ‘homebrew’ provide access to alcohol despite restrictions. This paper describes how this alcohol is made available...

Discussion paper

31 Jul 2017

In remote Australian Indigenous communities, the ‘familiar story’ of poor water, sanitation and hygiene-related health challenges continues – despite documentation of this situation during the past thirty years.

The representatives interviewed in this scan strongly recommended to stop perpetuating this story:

‘This...

Policy report

30 Jul 2017

Addressing the worst syphilis outbreak in 30 years.

Following feedback obtained during a field trip to remote clinics across the Kimberley in October 2016 by two of us (KC and JW), we recognised that a better picture of organisational factors influencing syphilis testing performance...

Journal article

27 Jul 2017

Background: In Australia, clinical guidelines for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease recommend the use of the Framingham model to help identify those at high risk of developing the disease. However, this model has not been validated for the Indigenous population.

Design: Cohort...

Discussion paper

3 Jul 2017

There is a new discussion paper from The University of Queensland on ‘Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australian communities: A scan of priorities’ (attached and here: http://gci.uq.edu.au/un-sustainable-development-goals-water-sanitation-and-hygiene ). It was undertaken as a collaboration with WaterAid and in response to our question of...