First Peoples health promotion

Indigenous health promotion

Journal article

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...
Position paper

Lowitja Institute 2022 federal election priorities

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.

Close the gap - transforming power: voices for generational change

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.
Journal article

Exploring mental health presentations in remote Aboriginal community controlled health services in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia using an audit and file reviews

This study aims to explore the role of mental health care in remote Aboriginal health services in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and provide a more nuanced understanding of the patients presenting for care, their needs and the clinical response.

Above and beyond broadcasting: a study of First Nations media and the COVID-19 pandemic

Through case study examples, this report provides an understanding about how First Nations media organisations operated during the early days of Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2021–2031

This strategy document sets out the new national policy to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the next 10 years.
Discussion paper

Partnership for Justice in Health: scoping paper on race, racism and the Australian health system

This paper assists the Partnership for Justice in Health in conceiving a more concerted and cohesive national anti-racist health agenda.
Journal article

Culturally competent communication in Indigenous disability assessment: a qualitative study

This article aims to identify key elements of culturally competent communication in Indigenous disability assessment and planning, and provide recommendations for strengthening capacity in this area.

Traumatology talks – black wounds, white stitches

This report investigates how First Nations people can receive quality health care in culturally safe ways, when presenting to hospital emergency departments.

Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan: October 2020–October 2021

The Reflect reconciliation action plan articulates the Australian Digitial Health Agency’s vision for reconciliation, achieving meaningful outcomes with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities.

The RHD Endgame Strategy: the blueprint to eliminate rheumatic heart disease in Australia by 2031

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is preventable. The collective experience of communities and clinicians, in addition to over 25 years of research, means the knowledge and evidence base now exists to eliminate rheumatic heart disease in Australia. This strategy document brings together this experience, knowledge and...

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in practice

This resource was developed to share the findings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led research undertaken during 2014–2019. The aim of the resource is to showcase the work of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) in practice in order to strengthen the ACCHO sector...

Submission to inform the development of a National Obesity Strategy

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress' submission to inform the development of a National Obesity Strategy, and how the strategy should include a more specific focus on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous Australia strategy 2020-2024

The Indigenous Australia Strategy 2020-2024 outlines the Fred Hollows Foundation’s planned investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health.

Mental health service planning for Aboriginal people in New South Wales

This audit finds that NSW Health is not forming effective partnerships with Aboriginal communities to plan, design and deliver appropriate mental health services. There is limited evidence that NSW Health is using the knowledge and expertise of Aboriginal communities to guide how mental health care...
Audio interview

Thinking, speaking, being: Lowitja Institute conference targets Indigenous wellbeing

A major conference in Darwin will take place over the next few days as part of a wider push for Indigenous Australians to have greater control not only over their healthcare, but other services too.
Journal article

Using Facebook to reduce smoking among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a participatory grounded action study

The results from this study suggest that anti-smoking content designed to be shared on social media should complement, rather than attempt to replicate, messages from tobacco control mass media campaigns.

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Northern Territory 2018-2024

The Northern Territory government is delivering broad alcohol reforms that aim to reduce the demand, supply and harm caused by alcohol across the Territory. It is anticipated that the initiatives targeting alcohol misuse will reduce population levels of consumption, and will contribute to reducing the...

"We don't tell people what to do": an ethnography of health promotion with Indigenous Australians in south-east Queensland

This thesis contributes to the decolonisation of health promotion by examining Indigenous-led health promotion practice in an urban setting.

A national Aboriginal health strategy

At a meeting in December 1987, State and Territory Ministers for Aboriginal Affairs and Health agreed to the establishment of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party. The report summarises the work completed and includes summaries, written submissions and extracts from the extensive consultation process...