First Peoples health
Indigenous health workers
This report explores the extent and impact of food insecurity on the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including efforts to address food insecurity.
The Minister for Indigenous Australians has delivered the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Annual Report 2022. This is the first annual report since the commencement of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap in 2020, and the release of the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan...
With the rise in COVID-19-attributed deaths, it is increasingly important to examine inequities in the direct health effects of COVID-19 across the New Zealand population. The Public Health Agency has undertaken exploratory analysis of COVID-19-attributed mortality to identify and quantify inequities in the burden of...
The development and implementation of alcohol policy: anthropological insights on translation from the global (the World Health Organization) to the local (Indigenous Australia)
In this paper, the author explores the challenges of implementing policy advice when moving from the global (in the form of the World Health Organization) to the local (Australian Indigenous communities). The paper also examines change in societal policies, compares experiences across societies, and tracks...
This discussion paper sets a framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to take control of their health and wellbeing through nation building.
This is the fourth annual report from the National Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) data collection. It presents information on acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and RHD in Australia drawn from the established jurisdictional registers in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern...
This strategy was developed in consultation with the South Australian Aboriginal community in seven regions during 2021.
Submission to the reopened Senate Environment and Communications References Committee to oppose the Federal Register of Legislation on Industry Research and Development (Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program) Instrument 2021
This submission adds to our multiple previous submissions by providing some critical updates to NT Parliament on research published in the last few years (2019-2022).
Engage, understand, listen and act: evaluation of Community Panels to privilege First Nations voices in pandemic planning and response in Australia
This article examines ways for government authorities and policy-makers to meaningfully engage First Nations Peoples in decision-making around pandemic responses.
This second annual data compilation report provides a point-in-time snapshot of data for monitoring progress under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, signed in July 2020.
Translating and evaluating a physical activity program for Aboriginal Elders on Noongar Boodjar (Country) — a longitudinal study
The primary aim of this study was to translate and evaluate the impact of a physical activity program on the physical function of older Aboriginal Elders on Noongar Boodjar (Country).
This is the inaugural national report on the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults. The report brings together information on the prevalence of ear and hearing problems among Indigenous Australians, along with insights on key protective and risk...
Aboriginal population and climate change in Australia: implications for health and adaptation planning
This study reviews current evidence on the health risks of climate change for Australian Aboriginal populations and linked Aboriginal demographic data to historical and projected climate data to describe the distribution of climate-related exposures in Aboriginal compared to non-Aboriginal populations in New South Wales.
Applying collective impact in Aboriginal health services and research: three case studies tell an important story
In this article, the authors argue that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an important public policy priority that requires new and different approaches to service delivery and research.
This article looks how the Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH), led by a partnership between the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC), Sax Institute and six Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in NSW, has successfully co-produced evidence to guide policy...
Questioning the ethics of evidence-based practice for Indigenous health and social settings in Australia
The authors of this article argue that if evidence-based practice is really a means of achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as Australian health and social policy planning would suggest, then there are fundamental political, ethical and methodological issues that...
Equity Economics, in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), undertook this analysis of the gap in health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In order to calculate the gap, they accounted for the burden of disease, which is more...
In the lead-up to the 2022 federal election, the Lowitja Institute is calling on the incoming Australian government and federal Parliament to prioritise the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Connections to community are an important source of resilience for Indigenous Australians. This paper discusses several protective factors resulting from community connection that work to prevent suicide by strengthening resilience and increasing social and emotional wellbeing.
In this paper, the authors examine the evidence of what works and does not work in mental health and suicide prevention programs and policy initiatives associated with housing and homelessness for Indigenous Australians.
This report outlines protective and risk factors that contribute to suicide among Indigenous Australians and the existing data collections and methods used for measuring protective and risk factors for suicide.
This paper provides an overview of policies and programs that address Indigenous employment and mental health and examines the evidence on labour force programs that can improve Indigenous mental health.
Through an examination of key issues, policies, frameworks, and programs, this paper provides a synthesis of relevant information on Indigenous self-governance in relation to mental health and suicide prevention.
This publication aims to provide a comprehensive outline of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This report features nine case studies that demonstrate the essential role of Aboriginal and Torres Islander led decision-making and self-determination and need for reflection and accountability from governments and mainstream services.