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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

2017

Dudgeon P, Herbert J, Milroy J, Oxenham D, eds. (2017)

Us women, our ways, our world.

Broome, WA: Magabala Books

This book is a collection of writings on women and Aboriginal identity from 15 senior Indigenous academics and community leaders. The collection engages with questions such as:

  • What makes Aboriginal women strong?
  • Why are grandmothers so important (even ones never met)?
  • How is the connection to country different for Aboriginal people compared to non-Aboriginal people's love of nature or sense of belonging to an area?
  • What is Aboriginal spirituality?

Abstract Magabala Books

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (2017)

Australian atlas of healthcare variation.

Retrieved 2017 from https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/atlas/

Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet

This is the sixth report against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework (HPF). The HPF monitors progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, health system performance and the broader determinants of health. This report includes updates for all administrative data collections and also the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey results for 2014-15. The health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is improving for a number of measures, although there remain many areas where further concerted effort will be needed to achieve improvements in health outcomes. Data quality limitations and the small size of many estimates affect the ability to effectively monitor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the performance of the health system.

The 2017 HPF report is supported by detailed analyses including dynamic data displays with interactive charts and online tables published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Retrieved 3/3/2017 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent indicators of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information focuses on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

The Overview shows that the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continues to improve slowly and there has been a decline in the death rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also a significant closing of the gap in death rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people. The infant mortality rate has declined significantly. There have also been improvements in a number of areas contributing to health status such as the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers who smoked during pregnancy has decreased. There has been a slight decrease in the proportion of low birth weight babies born to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers between 2004 and 2014. Age-standardised death rates for respiratory disease in NSW, Qld, WA, SA and NT declined by 26% over the period 1998-2012 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Two new sections are featured in this edition of the Overview. With the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them home report, a section has been dedicated to Healing which highlights the contribution of healing workers and organisations to supporting people, families and communities impacted by the Stolen Generations. Environmental health with its important link to the social determinants of health is also included for the first time in the Overview 2016.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2017)

Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This latest Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status provides an up-to-date, plain language summary of the health of Indigenous people. It includes Indigenous-specific information on:

  • population
  • births
  • deaths
  • common health problems
  • health risk and protective factors.

The Summary has been prepared by the HealthInfoNet as part of its effort to help 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The Summary aims to make this information available to all people, including those without a specialised knowledge of the health field. The HealthInfoNet makes relevant high quality knowledge and information readily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework.

Retrieved 30 May 2017 from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-health-welfare/health-performance-framework/contents/summary

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2017 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2017 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2017 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2017 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2017 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Barter A, Eggington D (2017)

Institutional racism, the importance of section 18C and the tragic death of Miss Dhu.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(28): 8-11

Bonson D (2017)

Voices from the Black Rainbow: the inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI, Sistergirls and Brotherboys in health, wellbeing and suicide prevention strategies.

: Bonson, D.

Voices from the Black Rainbow is a book that highlights the importance of including the voices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, lesbian gay bisexual queer transexual intersexual (LGBQTI) community including transgender people who identify as sistergirls and brotherboys, in health, wellbeing and suicide prevention strategies.

It covers the absence of these community voices from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention strategies and activities, and LGBQTI suicide prevention strategies and activities; as well as the challenges of providing these voices in a suicide prevention strategy.

Research for the book included collecting example voices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI community via an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander methodology called Yarning Circles.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Breast Cancer Network Australia (2017)

Culture is healing: the making of a possum skin cloak.

: Breast Cancer Network Australia

This resource details a project undertaken by Aboriginal women in Victoria. The project involved the making of a possum skin cloak to be used by Aboriginal people undergoing cancer treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Possum skin cloaks are an important cultural item in communities. The aim of the cloak is to enable Aboriginal people to physically wrap themselves in culture during their time in treatment. The video includes interviews with the makers of the cloak, women who are survivors of cancer or, still in treatment.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Coddington K (2017)

The re-emergence of wardship: Aboriginal Australians and the promise of citizenship.

Political Geography; 61: 67-76

DiGiacomo M, Green A, Delaney P, Delaney J, Patradoon-Ho P, Davidson PM, Abbott P (2017)

Experiences and needs of carers of Aboriginal children with a disability: a qualitative study.

BMC Family Practice; 18: 96

Retrieved 29 November 2017 from https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-017-0668-3

Dudgeon P, Bray A (2017)

Indigenous healing practices in Australia.

Women & Therapy; Latest articles(https://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2017.1324191):

Hall NL, Huggett C, Iten L (2017)

Indigenous girls missing school during their periods: the state of hygiene in remote Australia.

The Conversation; (July 2017)

Retrieved 3 July 2017 from http://theconversation.com/indigenous-girls-missing-school-during-their-periods-the-state-of-hygiene-in-remote-australia-79348

Henley G, Harrison JE (2017)

Trends in injury deaths, Australia, 1999-00 to 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report describes trends in the occurrence of injury deaths in Australia from 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2012 and provides a summary of injury deaths in 2011-12. The information is based on all causes of death recorded on death certificates. Data related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are only shown from 2001-02 onwards. An analyses for each major external cause of injury-related deaths is provided.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Lee VS (2017)

Political determinants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: don't leave your integrity at the political gate.

Journal of Public Health Policy; First Online(http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41271-017-0075-y): 1-7

Lotter K, Regan AK, Thomas T, Effler PV, Mak DB (2017)

Antenatal influenza and pertussis vaccine uptake among Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Early view(https://doi.org/10.1111/ajo.12739):

Phillips B, Daniels J, Woodward A, Blakely T, Taylor R, Morrell S (2017)

Mortality trends in Australian Aboriginal peoples and New Zealand Māori.

Population Health Metrics; 15: 25

Retrieved 4 July 2017 from https://doi.org/10.1186/s12963-017-0140-6

Rennie E, Potts J (2017)

Kimberley Girl: program outcomes.

Melbourne: School of Media and Communication (RMIT)

This report builds on the 2011 evaluation of the Kimberley Girl program. The program (which incorporates the Pilbara Girl program) uses popular culture, including the image making aspects of the fashion industry, to connect with young women on their own terms. Through a catwalk show and an embedded personal development program, participants can imagine and enact positive life choices. Topics covered by this report include:

  • introduction to the evaluation and program
  • keys to the program's success
  • benefits to participants
  • benefits to community and region
  • media production and engagement
  • participant feedback
  • recommendations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Sullivan C (2017)

Aboriginal inmate experiences of Parramatta girls home.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; (2): 84-97

Sullivan CT (2017)

Indigenous Australian women's colonial sexual intimacies: positioning Indigenous women's agency.

Culture, Health & Sexuality; Latest articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2017.1349930): 1-15

2016

Riseman N, ed. (2016)

In defence of country: life stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women.

Canberra: ANU Press

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

Causes of death, Australia, 2014.

Retrieved 8 March 2016 from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3303.0?OpenDocument

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

Causes of Death, Australia, 2014: Deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians [data cube].

Retrieved 8 March 2016 from http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/subscriber.nsf/log?openagent&3303_12%20%20deaths%20of%20aboriginal%20and%20torres%20strait%20islander%20australians.xls&3303.0&Data%20Cubes&08B86273CE567D48CA257F6F000D440E&0&2014&08.03.2016&Latest

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This publication presents results of the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey (NATSISS). The survey was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. The NATSISS is a six-yearly multidimensional social survey which provides broad, self-reported information across key areas of social interest for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, primarily at the national level and by remoteness. Topics include language and culture, social networks and support, health, education, work, access to services, crime and justice, housing and financial stress. Supporting summary tables provide an overview for different population groups and selected themes.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2015. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2016)

Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a plain language summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Indigenous people. It includes Indigenous-specific information on:

  • population
  • births
  • deaths
  • common health problems
  • health risk and protective factors.

The Summary has been prepared by the HealthInfoNet as part of its effort to help 'close the gap' by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The Summary aims to make this information available to all people, including those without a specialised knowledge of the health field. The HealthInfoNet makes relevant high quality knowledge and information readily accessible to policy makers, health service providers, program managers, clinicians, researchers and the general community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

The health of Australia’s females.

Retrieved 4 October 2017 from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/men-women/female-health/contents/who-are

Biddle N, Meehl A (2016)

The gendered nature of Indigenous education participation and attainment.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Brown SJ, Mensah FK, Ah Kit J, Stuart-Butler D, Glover K, Leane C, Weetra D, Gartland D, Newbury J, Yelland J (2016)

Use of cannabis during pregnancy and birth outcomes in an Aboriginal birth cohort: a cross-sectional, population-based study.

BMJ Open; 6(2): e010286

Retrieved 23 February 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010286

Clapham K, Winch S, Harwood V, Kelly P, Chandler P, Senior K, Wu D (2016)

Illawarra Aboriginal community profile: a snapshot of an urban Aboriginal community.

Wollongong, NSW: University of Wollongong

This publication provides information about the Aboriginal population of the Illawarra Region. It is intended to begin a discussion about how research can contribute to the social health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. The report highlights disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians that are apparent not only in the health statistics but also in almost every key socioeconomic indicator.

Abstract from the University of Wollongong Indigenous Multi-Disciplinary Health Research Coalition

Conor L (2016)

Skin deep: settler impressions of Aboriginal women.

Perth, WA: UWA Publishing

Ellis LM (2016)

Pictures from my memory: my story as a Ngaatjatjarra woman.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Pictures from my memory is an autobiographical account of Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis' life as a Ngaatjatjarra woman from the Australian western desert. Born in the bush at the time of first contact between her family and white Australians, Ellis' personal reflections offer a historical record and emotional insight into the experience of living between cultures.

The book is preceded by an introduction and followed by an anthropological overview of Ngaatjatjarra culture by anthropologist, Laurent Dousset.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Fairthorne J, Walker R, de Klerk N, Shepherd C (2016)

Early mortality from external causes in Aboriginal mothers: a retrospective cohort study.

BMC Public Health; 16: 461

Retrieved 1 June 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3101-2

Hall K (2016)

Who is Carol?: Carol - my mum, my best friend, my inspiration, my teacher, my mentor, my confidant.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 40(Jan/Dec 2016): 19-20

Harris J, Wells M (2016)

State of Australia’s mothers.

Melbourne: Save the Children Australia

This report compares the situation for mothers and their children at both the state and local level to understand the varied experience of mothers across Australia.
The indicators examined include:

  • health - maternal mortality, child mortality and antenatal care
  • education - child development and women's education
  • income - average household income
  • relative socio-economic disadvantage.

The report lists key findings and recommendations and aims to ensure policies and programs are better targeted so that all Australian mothers and children experience high levels of well being regardless of socioeconomic status, cultural background or location.

Abstract adapted from State of Australia’s mothers

Hayhurst LMC, Giles AR, Wright J (2016)

Biopedagogies and Indigenous knowledge: examining sport for development and peace for urban Indigenous young women in Canada and Australia.

Sport, Education and Society; 21(4): 549-569

Jamieson L, Bradshaw J, Lawrence H, Broughton J, Venner K (2016)

Fidelity of motivational interviewing in an early childhood caries intervention involving Indigenous Australian mothers.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved; 27(1 Supplement): 125-138

Jobling K, Lau P, Kerr D, Higgins RO, Worcester MU, Angus L, Jackson AC, Murphy BM (2016)

Bundap Marram Durn Durn: engagement with Aboriginal women experiencing comorbid chronic physical and mental health conditions.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 40(S1): S30–S35

Knott VE, Gilligan G, Maksimovic L, Shen D, Murphy M (2016)

Gender determinants of smoking practice in Indigenous communities: an exploratory study.

European Journal of Cancer Care; 25(2): 231-241

Olsen A, Lovett R (2016)

Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: key findings and future directions.

Sydney: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Schrieber LJ (2016)

Burning coals: my experience as an Aboriginal woman in research.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 40(Jan/Dec 2016): 2-3

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2016)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2016 report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It is the seventh report in a series commissioned by all Australian governments, designed to measure progress in overcoming the disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report is produced by the Steering Committee, commissioned by the Council of Australia Governments (COAG), in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report measures progress in relation to COAG Closing the Gap targets and against 52 indicators. Progress is measured across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities. The report also includes case studies on things that work to improve outcomes.

The information in this report can help inform the design of policies.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Women and Newborn Health Service (2016)

A snapshot of women’s health in WA: WA women’s health strategy 2013-2017.

Perth, WA: Women and Newborn Health Service

2015

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015)

National Health Survey: first results, Australia, 2014-15.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Government Department of Health (2015)

Implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

This publication reports on the implementation plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2013-2023. The implementation plan focuses on the Australian Government's role in ensuring the health system is flexible to respond to identified needs, is able to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices, and provides culturally safe access to quality early intervention and treatment services and integrated clinical services, and is free of racism.

It includes strategies such as:

  • investing in increased capability of Aboriginal community controlled health organisations to be able to meet identified needs
  • reducing racism and discrimination and improving the cultural safety of the mainstream health system, including primary health care
  • identifying, mapping and responding to need, recognising that geographical factors can play an important role in assessing the need of individual communities, and ensuring good quality care is delivered
  • ensuring evidence-based care is provided
  • ensuring accountability and leadership for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health
  • defining the core services that are required to flexibly respond to identified needs
  • increasing workforce capability
  • partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their representative bodies in all levels of planning, service delivery and evaluation.

Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Australia's welfare 2015.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Australia's welfare 2015: in brief.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015)

Indigenous Health and Welfare Statistics [mobile app].

Retrieved 2015 from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/indigenous-health-welfare/id985484597?mt=8

Bertilone C, McEvoy S (2015)

Success in Closing the Gap: favourable neonatal outcomes in a metropolitan Aboriginal Maternity Group Practice Program.

Medical Journal of Australia; 203(6): 262e1-262e7

Boyle JA, Cunningham J, O'Dea K, Dunbar T, Norman R (2015)

Polycystic ovary syndrome and metabolic syndrome in Indigenous Australian women.

Internal Medicine Journal; 45(12): 1247-1254

Bradley P, Dunn S, Lowell A, Nagel T (2015)

Acute mental health service delivery to Indigenous women: what is known?.

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inm.12161):

Crawford-Williams F, Steen M, Esterman A, Fielder A, Mikocka-Walus A (2015)

'If you can have one glass of wine now and then, why are you denying that to a woman with no evidence': knowledge and practices of health professionals concerning alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Women and Birth; 28(4): 329-335

Gray K, Collett E, Nicolson S, Dick D, Gargett A, Regester J, Moore R (2015)

Social Justice and Native Title report 2015.

Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission

This publication, prepared annually in accordance with the Australian human rights commission act (1986) and the Native title act (1993), examines the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. The report covers the following topics:

  • the need for better engagement - year in review
  • welfare
  • native title - year in review
  • disability
  • caring for our children.

The report provides recommendations to Government.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Ireland S, Belton S, Saggers S (2015)

The logics of planned birthplace for remote Australian Aboriginal women in the Northern Territory: a discourse and content analysis of clinical practice manuals.

Midwifery; In press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2015.06.005):

Ireland S, Belton S, McGrath A, Saggers S, Narjic CW (2015)

Paperbark and pinard: a historical account of maternity care in one remote Australian Aboriginal town.

Women and Birth; 28(4): 293-302

Ireland S (2015)

Paperbark and pinard: a cultural and historical exploration of female reproduction in one remote northern-Australian Aboriginal town.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal and child health [poster abstract] (2015)

Lewis A, Stewart J, Waters A

Lindquist AC, Kurinczuk JJ, Wallace EM, Oats J, Knight M (2015)

Risk factors for maternal morbidity in Victoria, Australia: a population-based study.

Obstetrics and gynaecology; 5(8): 1-9

Nilson C, Kearing-Salmon KA, Morrison P, Fetherston C (2015)

An ethnographic action research study to investigate the experiences of Bindjareb women participating in the cooking and nutrition component of an Aboriginal health promotion programme in regional Western Australia.

Public Health Nutrition; FirstView(http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9669086&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1368980015000816):

O’Grady K-A F, Dunbar M, Medlin LG, Hall KK, Toombs M, Meiklejohn J, McHugh L, Massey PD, Creighton A, Andrews RM (2015)

Uptake of influenza vaccination in pregnancy amongst Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a mixed-methods pilot study.

BMC Research Notes; 8: 169

Retrieved 29 April 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13104-015-1147-3

Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory (2015)

A picture of NT's vulnerable children [infographic].

Darwin: Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory

Parkes H (2015)

Uptake of influenza vaccination by pregnant women in the Northern Territory.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 22(4): 11-14

Passmore E, McGuire R, Correll P, Bentley J (2015)

Demographic factors associated with smoking cessation during pregnancy in New South Wales, Australia, 2000-2011.

BMC Public Health; 15: 398

Retrieved 18 April 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-1725-2

Productivity Commission (2015)

National Indigenous Reform Agreement: performance assessment 2013-14.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience profound economic and social disadvantage. This is manifested in many ways, affecting both the young and the old, and can span generations. To address this disadvantage, The Council of Australia Governments (COAG) has committed to a number of targets for reducing the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in life expectancy, health, education and employment outcomes.

This report is the sixth in a series of performance assessments for the Closing the gap targets (with assessments made previously by the COAG Reform Council).

Like other components of the Indigenous reporting framework, the focus of this report series is on monitoring broad outcomes rather than establishing what works in bridging outcomes gaps.

As well as assessing progress against the targets, the Commission has looked at how the broader reporting framework and policy evaluation efforts could be improved.

At the national level, progress in meeting individual gap targets has been mixed. Good progress has been made in reducing outcomes gaps in child mortality and Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rates. Though the target of providing access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote areas by 2013 was not met, the evidence suggests a positive outcomes picture.

Despite considerable effort and investment, little or no progress has been made in closing gaps for life expectancy and reading and numeracy. The employment gaps have also increased rather than narrowed.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2015)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook: celebrating and sharing good news stories: the Perth & Peel edition.

7th ed. Perth: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

The seventh edition of the Western Australian (WA) Indigenous storybook is about harmony; a concept that can be related to Australian Indigenous culture. The previous WA Indigenous storybooks have showcased many stories that demonstrate how Australian Aboriginal people live in harmony with nature and how harmony and spirituality are so closely aligned. The current edition is no different. It features a number of stories that talk about harmony and connections to land and culture. As a metropolitan focused edition, this storybook also emphasises the harmonies and connections between people and services, and highlights the importance of keeping culture strong in the city. Topics covered include:

  • tobacco use - smoking cessation
  • youth programs
  • cultural ways
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • women's health
  • infant health - Sudden infant death syndrome
  • healing
  • alcohol and other drugs
  • family violence
  • health promotion
  • social determinants - employment and education
  • arts and culture.

Abstract adapted from Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

Sherwood J, Lighton S, Dundas K, French T, Link-Gordon D, Smith K, Anthony T (2015)

Who are the experts here? Recognition of Aboriginal women and community workers in research and beyond.

AlterNative; 11(2): 177-190

Sina M, Hoy WE, Callaway L, Wang Z (2015)

The associations of anthropometric measurements with subsequent gestational diabetes in Aboriginal women.

Obesity Research & Clinical Practice; 9(5): 499-506

Stronach M, Maxwell H, Taylor T (2015)

'Sistas' and aunties: sport, physical activity, and Indigenous Australian women.

Annals of Leisure Research; Latest articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2015.1051067):

Suicide Prevention Australia (2015)

Suicide and suicidal behaviour in women - issues and prevention: a discussion paper.

Sydney: Suicide Prevention Australia

Thackrah RD, Thompson SC, Durey A (2015)

Promoting women's health in remote Aboriginal settings: Midwifery students' insights for practice.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 23(6): 327-331

van der Sterren A, Fowlie C (2015)

Reducing smoking in the ACT among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant or who have young children.

Canberra: Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association

This report aims to support anyone who is seeking to reduce tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant or who have young children in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Some of the suggested actions will also be relevant to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community more generally, to pregnant women generally, and indeed to the broader tobacco control context.

The report aims to:

  • scope the current health and social care pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant and/or who have young children, and identify the current points at which smoking cessation advice and treatment and quit maintenance support is given to this group
  • identify points at which appropriate smoking cessation advice and treatment and quit maintenance support could be given, and suggest ways in which this could be delivered and achieved
  • review the published and unpublished literature to identify best practices in smoking cessation among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and to identify and describe existing activities and programs that may inform initiatives in the ACT
  • suggest initiatives to increase the provision of and access to smoking cessation advice and quit maintenance support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant or who have young children.

Abstract adapted from Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT

van Roo S, Johnston T, Petersen L, Cornes S (2015)

Identification of Indigenous status for measurement of perinatal risk factors and outcomes: insights gained through use of both mother and baby status.

Brisbane: Health Statistics Branch, Queensland Health

2014

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: the 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2014 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the fourtenth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 7 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse and illicit drug use.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bower M, Rogers A (2014)

Banatjarl girls culture camp 2012: evaluation report.

Sydney: Fred Hollows Foundation

Hing N, Breen H, Gordon A, Russell A (2014)

Gambling behaviour and gambling risk factors for Indigenous Australian women.

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction; 12(1): 1-20

Mishra G, Loxton D, Anderson A, Hockey R, Powers J, Brown W, Dobson A, Duffy L, Graves A, Harris M, Harris S, Lucke J, McLaughlin D, Mooney R, Pachana N, Pease S, Tavener M, Thomson C, Tooth L, Townsend N, Tuckerman R, Byles J (2014)

Health and wellbeing of women aged 18 to 23 in 2013 and 1996: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

Brisbane: Women's Health Australia

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (2014)

Supporting pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs: a guide for primary health care professionals.

Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

This guide is for primary health care professionals who work with pregnant women. It outlines best practice for supporting pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs including:

  • using screening tools
  • providing early access to treatment
  • providing brief intervention
  • responding to domestic violence
  • providing comprehensive care
  • addressing barriers to care.

The guide also provides information on further resources and specialist services. It was produced by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Office of the Children’s Commissioner (2014)

Update on assault hospitalisation figures relating to the NT.

Darwin: Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Northern Territory Government

Statistical Analysis and Linkage Team (2014)

Department of Health performance indicators in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Utz M (2014)

A multivariate approach to the disparity in perinatal outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, Queensland.

Brisbane: Health Statistics Branch, Queensland Health

Waitt G, De Jong A (2014)

Embodied geographies of alcohol and the weekend in the Bega Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

Leisure Studies; 33(2): 116-132

2013

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of the first findings from the 2012-13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey provides information on long-term health conditions, health risk factors, selected social and emotional wellbeing indicators, health measurements, and health related actions for Indigenous Australian peoples. Information is included on Indigenous peoples living in remote and non-remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (2013)

Oral health and other characteristics of pregnant Aboriginal women compared with general population estimates.

Australian Dental Journal; 58(1): 120-124

Burns J, MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Summary of Indigenous women's health.

Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Cancer Australia (2013)

Well Women Workshop community education resource.

Surry Hills, NSW: Cancer Australia

This community education resource has been developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and health professionals who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to promote breast health and encourage breast awareness and early detection of breast cancer.

Abstract adapted from Cancer Australia

Evans A (2013)

Women’s ten point plan of action.

Perth, WA: Women and Newborn Health Service

Gould GS, Munn J, Watters T, McEwen A, Clough AR (2013)

Knowledge and views about maternal tobacco smoking and barriers for cessation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders: a systematic review and meta-ethnography.

Nicotine & Tobacco Research; 15(5): 863-874

Integrated Care Branch (2013)

NSW Health women's health framework.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

McGrath P, Rawson N (2013)

Key factors impacting on diagnosis and treatment for vulvar cancer for Indigenous women: findings from Australia.

Supportive Care in Cancer; 21(10): 2769-2775

Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (2013)

QAIHC external report 2 : Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services Clinical Excellence (ACE program).

Brisbane: Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council

2012

Aboriginal Affairs Taskforce (2012)

Victorian Government Indigenous affairs report 2010-11.

Melbourne: Department of Planning and Community Development

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Gynaecological cancers in Australia: an overview.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report focuses on gynaecological cancers in Australia. It includes a full summary of the national statistics on gynaecological cancers. The aim of the report is to enhance understanding of these cancers and inform decision making resource allocation, and the evaluation of programs and policies. The report provided the latest data on the following topics:

  • number of gynaecological cancers diagnosed each year
  • early detection through screening programs
  • number of hospitalisations
  • health care spending on gynaecological cancers
  • number of females alive after a diagnosis
  • burden of disease due to gynaecological cancers
  • survival predictions for females diagnosed with gynaecological cancers
  • number of deaths from gynaecological cancers each year.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection: December quarter 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bar-Zeev SJ, Barclay L, Farrington C, Kildea S (2012)

From hospital to home: the quality and safety of a postnatal discharge system used for remote dwelling Aboriginal mothers and infants in the top end of Australia.

Midwifery; 28(3): 366–373

Boyle JA, Cunningham J, O'Dea K, Dunbar T, Norman RJ (2012)

Prevalence of polycystic ovary syndrome in a sample of Indigenous women in Darwin, Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(1): 62-66

Burbank VK (2012)

Life history and real life: an example of neuroanthropology in Aboriginal Australia.

Annals of Anthropological Practice; 36(1): 149-166

Campbell SK, Lynch J, Esterman A, McDermott R (2012)

Pre-pregnancy predictors of diabetes in pregnancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in North Queensland, Australia.

Maternal and Child Health Journal; 16(6): 1284-1292

Dasgupta P, Baade PD, Aitken JF, Turrell G (2012)

Multilevel determinants of breast cancer survival: association with geographic remoteness and area-level socioeconomic disadvantage.

Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; 132(2): 701-710

Doyle L, Hill R (2012)

The best of every woman: an overview of approaches for philanthropic investment in Aboriginal women and girls.

Melbourne: Effective Philanthropy

Foundation for Alcohol Research Education (2012)

The Australian fetal alcohol spectrum disorders action plan 2013-2016.

Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research Education

Geia LK (2012)

First steps, making footprints: intergenerational Palm Island families' Indigenous stories (narratives) of childrearing practice strengths.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University: Townsville, Qld

Giakoumelos P (2012)

Foetal alcohol syndrome in Indigenous communities.

: SBS World News Australia Radio

This podcast covers the topic of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Indigenous population. Peggy Giakoumelos, from SBS World News Australia Radio, interviews the Director of the National Indigenous Corporation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Education Network, Lorian Hayes. Ms Hayes discusses the effectiveness of long-term education programs in Indigenous communities, an approach that she would like to see used more often in the future.

Abstract adapted from SBS World News Australia

Gray Jamieson G (2012)

Reaching for health : the Australian women's health movement and public policy.

Acton, ACT: ANU E Press

Homer CSE, Foureur MJ, Allendeb T, Pekin F, Caplice S, Catling-Paull C (2012)

‘It's more than just having a baby' women's experiences of a maternity service for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Midwifery; 28(4): E449–E455

Macdonald D, Abbott R, Jenkins D (2012)

Physical activity of remote Indigenous Australian women: a postcolonial analysis of lifestyle.

Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal; 34(1): 39-54

Mitchell EA, Freemantle J, Young J, Byard RW (2012)

Scientific consensus forum to review the evidence underpinning the recommendations of the Australian SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Health Promotion Programme - October 2010.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 48(8): 626–633

Nalatu ST (2012)

Understanding the physical activity patterns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, including the factors that influence participation.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Griffith University: Brisbane

Rural maternity services: investing in the future: fact sheet 25 (2012)

National Rural Health Alliance

O'Leary CM, Watson L, D'Antoine H, Stanley F, Bower C (2012)

Heavy maternal alcohol consumption and cerebral palsy in the offspring.

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology; 54(3): 224–230

O’Leary CM, Bower C (2012)

Guidelines for pregnancy: what's an acceptable risk, and how is the evidence (finally) shaping up?.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(2): 170-183

Passey ME, D'Este CA, Sanson-Fisher RW (2012)

Knowledge, attitudes and other factors associated with assessment of tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal women by health care providers: a cross-sectional survey.

BMC Public Health; 12: 165

Retrieved 7 March 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-12-165.pdf

Robinson P, Comino E, Forbes A, Webster V, Knight J (2012)

Timeliness of antenatal care for mothers of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal infants in an urban setting.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(1): 56-61

Senior KA, Chenhall RD (2012)

Boyfriends, babies and basketball: present lives and future aspirations of young women in a remote Australian Aboriginal community.

Journal of Youth Studies; 15(3): 369-388

Simmonds D, West L, Porter J, Davies M, Holland C, Preston-Thomas A, O’Rourke PK, Tangey A (2012)

The role of support person for Ngaanyatjarra women during pregnancy and birth.

Women and Birth; 25(2): 79–85

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing (2012)

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing annual report 2011-12.

Adelaide: South Australian Department for Health and Ageing

Steenkamp M, Rumbold AR, Kildea S, Bar-Zeev SJ, Kruske S, Dunbar T, Barclay L (2012)

Measuring what matters in delivering services to remote-dwelling Indigenous mothers and infants in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20(4): 228-237

Xu F, Sullivan EA, Madden RC, Black DA, Pulver L (2012)

Improvement of maternal Aboriginality in NSW birth data.

BMC Medical Research Methodology; 12: 8

Retrieved 30 January 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2288-12-8.pdf

 
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