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Indigenous: States and Territories


Katzenellenbogen JM, Haynes E, Woods JA, Bessarab D, Durey A, Dimer L, Maiorana A, Thompson SC (2015)

Information for action: improving the heart health story for Aboriginal people in Western Australia (BAHHWA Report).

Perth: Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, University of Western Australia

This report primarily draws on research looking at disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians (WA) in cardiovascular health and health care.

The report was based on the Bettering Aboriginal heart health in WA project (BAHHWA), which analysed detailed epidemiological, service utilisation and costing information on a range of heart and associated chronic diseases among Aboriginal people in WA.

The report notes that Aboriginal people experience both illness and death from heart disease at higher rates and at a much earlier average age than non-Aboriginal people.

Some of the recommendations from the report include:

  • implement policies across sectors to reduce disadvantage and barriers to healthy lifestyles
  • conduct heart health screens for risk factors, treatment and follow-up from early adolescence with appropriate advice and follow-up of findings
  • encourage businesses and Aboriginal community organisations to focus on healthy work/organisational environments, healthy life choices and screening
  • produce clinical guidelines and pathways that are relevant to the region where patients live and which take account of complex health and social issues
  • address financial barriers to uptake of cardiac assessment and management
  • strengthen the inpatient experience and discharge processes for Aboriginal cardiac patients
  • employ appropriate staffing to ensure communication between Aboriginal patients and staff, in particular Aboriginal health professionals and interpreters.

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health

Queensland Health (2015)

Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cardiac health strategy 2014-2017.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Western Australian Department of Health (2015)

WA Aboriginal health and wellbeing framework 2015 - 2030.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

This report aims to shape and guide how Western Australia (WA) Health and other agencies approach Aboriginal health for the next 15 years. The report has been developed to ensure Aboriginal people in WA have access to high quality health care and services, while assisting community to make good health a priority through a focus on prevention.

Production of the report involved extensive, statewide consultation to ensure the needs, interests and circumstances of Aboriginal people were adequately represented.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Department of Health


Department of Health Victoria (2014)

Koolin Balit statewide action plan: 2013 to 2015.

Melbourne: Department of Health Victoria


New South Wales Ministry of Health (2012)

Towards an Aboriginal health plan for NSW: discussion paper.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

NSW Ministry of Health (2012)

NSW Aboriginal health plan 2013-2023.

Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health

Victorian Department of Health (2012)

Koolin balit: Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012–2022.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health


South Australia Department of Health (2011)

A framework for comprehensive primary health care services for Aboriginal people.

Adelaide: South Australia Department of Health

Victorian Department of Health (2011)

Aboriginal health promotion and chronic care partnership (AHPACC) initiative: guidelines and strategic directions 2011–14.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

This report, which has now been archived, outlined the program logic model for the Aboriginal health promotion and chronic care partnership (AHPACC) initiative, which supported people in Victoria who have chronic disease, or are at risk of chronic disease. The report specified seven strategic directions that aimed to strengthen the program and inform broader policy and program development during 2011-2014.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Western Australian Department of Health (2011)

Our footprints : a traveller's guide to the COAG implementation process in Western Australia.

Perth: Government of Western Australia


Chronic Care for Aboriginal People (2010)

Clinical services redesign program: chronic care for Aboriginal people model of care.

North Sydney: NSW Health Centre for Aboriginal Health

Queensland Health (2010)

Making tracks toward closing the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders by 2033.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Statewide Service Strategy Division (2010)

Aboriginal health care plan 2010-2016.

Adelaide: Department of Health, South Australia

The Aboriginal health care plan 2010-2016 has been developed by SA Health as part of a significant health reform led by the South Australian Government. It aims to:

  • outline ways to reduce ill health among South Australian Aboriginal people
  • promote cultural responsiveness in the health system
  • promote Aboriginal community health and wellbeing

Aiming for an achievement of these overarching goals, the plan:

  • describes the demographic and major health issues for Aboriginal South Australians and variations across the state
  • outlines a model comprising six key areas: supporting good health; stronger primary health care; better care for those with high needs; an integrated and collaborative approach to the planning and delivery of services and programs, a focus on priorities; enablers for action
  • identifies six priorities for action based on the burden of disease and population profile
  • sets a framework for the regional Aboriginal health improvement plans
  • identifies key next steps and governance arrangements

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Last updated: 25 September 2017
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