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Indigenous: National


Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: physical activity, 2012–13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This report provides detailed adult and child physical activity results collected from the 2012-13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey, derived from self-reported and pedometer collection methods.

Information is presented within selected population characteristics and health risk factors including:

  • children in remote areas (2-17 years)
  • adults in remote areas (over 18 years)
  • remote areas (5 years and over).

Abstract adapted from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Upton P, Davey R, Evans M, Mikhailovich K, Simpson L, Hacklin D (2014)

Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Programme review: executive summary.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health


House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (2013)

Sport – more than just a game: contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.

Canberra: The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

This report was produced following an inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs into the contribution of sport to Indigenous wellbeing and mentoring.

The report draws on submissions to the inquiry from 58 sources, including government departments, local councils, and sporting bodies and clubs, as well as on information gathered at six public hearings. It covers:

  • Sport as a vehicle for 'closing the gap'
  • Rates of participation in sport for Indigenous Australians
  • Corporate partnerships, mentoring and culture.

The report makes 11 recommendations, such as:

  • that funding for sport and active recreation for Indigenous women and girls be prioritised
  • that the Commonwealth Government fund Indigenous sports programs over a longer term, preferably a three year cycle.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Football Federation Australia (2012)

Football dreaming: Football Federation Australia Indigenous football development strategy 2012-2017.

Sydney: Football Federation Australia

Kowanko I, Helps Y, Harvey P, Battersby M, McCurry B, Carbine R, Boyd J, Abdulla O (2012)

Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities: final report 2011.

Adelaide: Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

The main aim of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities project was to evaluate the effectiveness of tailoring mainstream chronic care management strategies to suit Indigenous clients and settings. This was achieved through assessing the health outcomes and impacts, and the sustainability of the strategies. The strategies included:

  • structured care planning focused on clients' problems and goals
  • training in chronic disease self management and management support for health staff and peer leaders
  • coordinated holistic team care.

Data collection involved the analysis of health service records of 36 clients involved in chronic care management over 1-10 years, and semi-structured interviews with 18 clients and 12 staff.

The research was conducted by a team from Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, in collaboration with Aboriginal clients and community members from Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc. and Riverland Commuity Health Service.

The authors conclude that people involved in structured chronic condition management strategies (eg care plans) improve their health and wellbeing over time. A range of barriers and enablers of chronic condition management strategies were identified and the authors highlight the importance of tailoring new initiatives to suit individual needs and local circumstances.

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Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

This report is the fifth in a series of reports on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage as commissioned by the heads of government in 2002. It has been produced in consultation with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics and service providers. 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 the current outcomes and those interventions and policies that have enhanced those outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

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Closing the gap: tackling chronic disease: the Australian Government's Indigenous chronic disease package (2010)

Closing the Gap - Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease

This pamphlet outlines the Australian Government's commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by preventing and treating chronic disease. The package will tackle chronic disease through:

  • health promotion and prevention of ill health, in particular healthy lifestyle programs improved financial support for the Aboriginal community-controlled
  • health sector in the delivery of primary health care addressing barriers to access to follow-up services, such as allied health and the Pharmaceutical
  • Benefits Scheme growing the numbers and skills of Indigenous health workers

The pamphlet also presents the breakdown of funding totalling $805.5m over four years (starting in 2009-10 and ending in 2012-13).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

Closing the Gap: the Indigenous chronic disease package in 2009-10: annual progress report on the Australian Government's contribution to the National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous health outcomes.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing


Department of Health and Ageing (2007)

National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013: Australian Government implementation plan 2007-2013.

Canberra: Australian Government

The Australian Government Implementation Plan was developed by the Department of Health and Ageing in consultation with all relevant Australian Government agencies and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council. It has a strong emphasis on a whole of government approach to addressing the key priorities identified.

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Last updated: 9 August 2017
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