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Health impacts

2014

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Australia’s health 2014: in brief.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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

Breen C, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, Mattick RP, Gilmour S (2014)

Identifying individual- and population-level characteristics that influence rates of risky alcohol consumption in regional communities.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(1): 60-65

Clough AR, Fitts MS, Robertson J, Shakeshaft A, Miller A, Doran CM, Muller R, Ypinazar V, Martin D, McDermott R, Sanson-Fisher R, Towle S, Margolis SA, West C (2014)

Study protocol - alcohol management plans (AMPs) in remote Indigenous communities in Queensland: their impacts on injury, violence, health and social indicators and their cost-effectiveness.

BMC Public Health; 14: 15

Retrieved 9 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-15

Cutcher Z, Degenhardt L, Alati R, Kinner SA (2014)

Poor health and social outcomes for ex-prisoners with a history of mental disorder: a longitudinal study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12207):

Dingwall KM, Lindeman MA, Cairney S (2014)

“You’ve got to make it relevant”: barriers and ways forward for assessing cognition in Aboriginal clients.

BMC Psychology; 2(1): 13

Retrieved June 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2050-7283-2-13

Ellis IK, Skinner TC, Bhana A, Voon N, Longley K (2014)

Health priorities in an Australian mining town: an intercept survey.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2788

Retrieved 4 April 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2788

Forsyth SJ, Alati R, Ober C, Williams GM, Kinner SA (2014)

Striking subgroup differences in substance-related mortality after release from prison.

Addiction; Accepted articles(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12646):

House Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs (2014)

Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Retrieved 2014 from http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=indigenousaffairs/harmfulalcohol/subs.htm

On Thursday 13 February 2014 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, asked the House Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs to inquire into and report on the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities.

The main purpose of the Parliamentary Committees is to carry out investigations and report the findings of those investigations to the Parliament.

Accepted submissions are available from the information link below.

Abstract adapted from Parliament House of Australia

Lee KSK, Harrison K, Mills K, Conigrave KM (2014)

Needs of Aboriginal Australian women with comorbid mental and alcohol and other drug use disorders.

Drug and Alcohol Review; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.12127):

Maher CM, Spurling GK, Askew DA (2014)

Health and well-being of urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at their first antenatal visit: a cross-sectional study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; 54(1): 88–90

McKetin R, Livingston M, Chalmers J, Bright D (2014)

The role of off-licence outlets in binge drinking: a survey of drinking practices last Saturday night among young adults in Australia.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(1): 51–58

People Culture Environment (2014)

The Elders' report into preventing Indigenous self-harm and youth suicide.

Melbourne: People Culture Environment

This report considers suicide prevention among young Indigenous Australian populations from the perspective of Elders and community leaders in affected communities.

The report includes interviews with 31 Elders and community leaders living in 17 communities in northern Australia and addresses two primary questions:

  • why is self-harm and suicide happening?
  • what is the solution?

This report was produced as a part of the Culture is life campaign which is led by Indigenous Elders and promotes community driven solutions to end Indigenous self-harm and youth suicide.

Abstract adapted from Culture is life

Qin Li SQ, Guthridge S, Aratchige PE, Lowe MP, Wang Z, Zhao Y, Krause V (2014)

Dementia prevalence and incidence among the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations of the Northern Territory.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(8): 465-469

Senior K, Helmer J, Chenhall R, Burbank V (2014)

'Young clean and safe?' Young people's perceptions of risk from sexually transmitted infections in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Culture, Health & Sexuality; 16(4): 453-466

Stephens A, Cullen J, Massey L, Bohanna I (2014)

Will the National Disability Insurance Scheme improve the lives of those most in need? Effective service delivery for people with acquired brain injury and other disabilities in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Australian Journal of Public Administration; 73(2): 260-270

Thomas E, Degenhardt L, Alati R, Kinner S (2014)

Predictive validity of the AUDIT for hazardous alcohol consumption in recently released prisoners.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 134: 322-329

Wang Z, Scott J, Wang Z, Hoy WE (2014)

Trends in health status and chronic disease risk factors over 10–14 years in a remote Australian community: a matched pair study.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(1): 73-77

Weatherburn D (2014)

Arresting incarceration : pathways out of Indigenous imprisonment.

Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press

West C, Usher K, Clough AR (2014)

Study protocol - resilience in individuals and families coping with the impacts of alcohol related injuries in remote Indigenous communities: a mixed method study.

BMC Public Health; 14: 479

Retrieved 21 May 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-479

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents data on alcohol and other drug treatment agencies and the episodes of treatment provided in Australia for 2011-2012. Alcohol was the most common principal drug of concern, accounting for almost half of these closed episodes, and counselling was the most common type of treatment. The report shows that Indigenous Australians were more likely to use alcohol, cannabis and amphetamines than non-Indigenous Australians, although Indigenous Australians were more likely to abstain from alcohol than non-Indigenous Australians. Data for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is presented throughout the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bohanna I, Catherall J, Dingwall K (2013)

Ensuring Indigenous Australians with acquired brain injuries have equitable access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(6): 587

This article contains recommendations for the delivery of culturally competent, accessible, transparent, valid and accurate assessment processes to be put in place for Indigenous Australians living with an acquired brain injury, in order to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The focus of the article recommends that assessment meets the identified need and concerted effort and funding be directed toward developing valid methods for assessing cognitive function in Indigenous Australians, to ensure that those who need it most can access NDIS benefits.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report: January to June 2012.

Canberra: Australian Government

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Lennon AJ, Clough AR (2013)

What are the offence and offender risk factors for Indigenous repeat drink drivers in Queensland?.

Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety; 24(2): 39-47

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Fitts MS, Palk GR, Lennon AJ, Clough AR (2013)

Why do Indigenous Australians drink and drive? A qualitative exploration of self-reported influences on drink driving behaviours of Indigenous peoples from remote communities.

Paper presented at the The 23rd Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference. 26-29 May 2013, Montreal

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2013)

10 years on: an analysis of the progress made in preventing alcohol-related harms since the 2003 NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse.

Deakin ACT: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Kuipers P, Appleton J, Pridmore S (2013)

Lexical analysis of coronial suicide reports: a useful foundation for theory building.

Advances in Mental Health; 11(2): 197-203

McCalman J, Tsey K, Bainbridge R, Shakeshaft A, Singleton M, Doran C (2013)

Tailoring a response to youth binge drinking in an Aboriginal Australian community: a grounded theory study.

BMC Public Health; 13: 726

Retrieved 7 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-726

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

An economic analysis for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders: prison vs residential treatment.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report was commissioned by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee to:

  • identify the patterns and prevalence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the prison system
  • outline the impacts and implications of incarceration for Indigenous Australians
  • analyse the costs and benefits of addressing Indigenous problematic substance use with treatment, particularly residential rehabilitation, as compared to prison.

A number of sources of information, including a scan of relevant literature and data repositories and consultations with key stakeholders, were used to inform the analysis.

The report highlights the cost and health benefits of diversionary programs and community residential rehabilitation for Indigenous people who have been convicted of non-violent, substance use related offences.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2013)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health: revised edition.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

This report provides a comprehensive examination of Indigenous incarceration in Australia. The report provides details on:

  • prison-related health risks
  • characteristics of Indigenous prisoners and detainees and trend information about Indigenous incarceration
  • Indigenous substance use issues and how they interact with the justice system
  • reasons for over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the correctional system
  • intervention opportunities within the criminal justice system
  • issues for consideration, including Indigenous participation in diversion programs, access to health care while in the correctional system and after release, recidivism, cost of incarceration, and the suitability of programs
  • recommendations.

This report provides an update to the Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health report released in 2009.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

O'Leary CM, Elliott EJ, Nassar N, Bower C (2013)

Exploring the potential to use data linkage for investigating the relationship between birth defects and prenatal alcohol exposure.

Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology; 97(7): 497–504

O'Leary CM, Slack-Smith LM (2013)

Dental hospital admissions in the children of mothers with an alcohol-related diagnosis: a population-based, data-linkage study.

The Journal of Pediatrics; 163(2): 515–520

Performance and Evaluation Branch (2013)

Cape York welfare reform: evaluation 2012.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Cape York welfare reform (CYWR) was established to address deteriorating social and economic conditions in Cape York Indigenous communities. It was trialled in the four communities of Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The policy reform focused on initiatives in the areas of social responsibility, education, economic opportunity, and housing with the objectives of rebuilding social norms, re-establishing Indigenous authority, increased involvement in the real economy, and moving community members and their families away from social housing into their own homes. This report is the final evaluation of the CYWR. The framework for the evaluation included the following questions:

  • was the trial implemented as agreed
  • did social norms and behaviours change as intended
  • has governance and service delivery supported these intended changes.

This report describes how the reforms were implemented, the timelines, what was not implemented, and the impact of the CYWR on the communities participating in the trial.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Social Inclusion Action Research Group (2013)

Reducing stigma and discrimination relating to alcohol and other drugs in Western Australia: position paper.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Spratley S, Donnelly N, Trimboli L (2013)

Health and wellbeing outcomes for defendants entering the Alcohol-MERIT program.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Tan WY, Johnson M (2013)

A report into the effectiveness of civil commitment in the treatment of alcoholism, and its suitability for implementation the Northern Territory.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Long-term harmful use of alcohol remains a large problem in the Northern Territory and a model of civil commitment for 'problem drinkers' has been proposed. This planned system has been strongly criticised on a number of ethical, moral and legal grounds.

This report explores existing evidence from studies on both civil and forensic mandatory rehabilitation, in order to evaluate if it would be an effective form of treatment for alcohol dependent persons, and appropriate to implement such a system in the Northern Territory.

The report concludes that given the lack of evidence for the effectiveness of civil commitment and the potentially significant impact upon the freedoms of individuals, families and the communities, it could be difficult to justify the proposal.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Kirby Institute (2013)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

Vallmuur K, Limbong J, Barker R, Hides L (2013)

A comparison of methods to identify alcohol involvement in youth injury-related emergency department presentation data.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 32(5): 519-526

van Dooren K, Kinner SA, Forsyth S (2013)

Risk of death for young ex-prisoners in the year following release from adult prison.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 377-382

Van Dooren K, Richards A, Lennox N, Kinner SA (2013)

Complex health-related needs among young, soon-to-be-released prisoners.

Health and Justice; 1

Retrieved 24 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2194-7899-1-1

Ward J, Bryant J, Worth H, Hull P, Solar S, Bailey S (2013)

Use of health services for sexually transmitted and blood-borne viral infections by young Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 19(1): 81-86

Xu F, Bonello M, Burns L, Austin M-P, Li Z, Sullivan E (2013)

Hospital admissions for alcohol use disorders before, during, and after pregnancy: a study based on linked population data in New South Wales, Australia.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 37(10): 1706–1712

Zhao Y, Wright J, Begg S, Guthridge S (2013)

Decomposing the Indigenous life expectancy gap by risk factors: a life table analysis.

Population Health Metrics; 11: 1

Retrieved 29 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-7954-11-1

This study aims to explain the Indigenous life expectancy (LE) gap by common modifiable risk factors in the period from 1986 to 2005. The LE gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was 12 years for men and 10 years for women, whereas the Northern Territory Indigenous LE gap was at least 50% greater than the national figures.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2012

McCoy BF, Stewart P, Poroch N, eds. (2012)

Urban Health: strengthening our voice, culture and partnerships.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Allan J, Kemp M, Golden A (2012)

The prevalence of cognitive impairment in a rural in-patient substance misuse treatment programme.

Mental Health and Substance Use; 5(4): 303-313

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian social trends, June 2012.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

A picture of Australia's children 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Indigenous health snapshot (2012)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This factsheet provides a one-page summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in 2012, including:

  • life expectancy
  • risk factors
  • disease
  • Closing the gap program.

The factsheet is a snapshot of information taken from the thirteenth biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW): Australia's health 2012.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Risk factors contributing to chronic disease.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Calabria B, Clifford A, Shakeshaft AP, Doran CM (2012)

A systematic review of family-based interventions targeting alcohol misuse and their potential to reduce alcohol-related harm in Indigenous communities.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs; 73(3): 477-488

Clough AR, Jacups S, Robertson J, Rogerson B, Graham V (2012)

Listening to what Indigenous people in remote communities say about alcohol restrictions and cannabis use: “Good thing that the alcohol's gone, but the gunja has kept going” [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(5):

Conigrave KM, Lee KSK (2012)

Smoking or alcohol dependence among Indigenous Australians: treatment may be needed, not just education.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 21(10): 626–631

Doolan I, Najman JM, Cherney A (2012)

Health needs of Australian Indigenous young people entering detention.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 48(10): 896–901

Drug and Alcohol Office WA (2012)

The impact of liquor restrictions in Kununurra and Wyndham: a twelve month review.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office WA

Drug and Alcohol Office WA (2012)

The impact of liquor restrictions in Kununurra and Wyndham: Six month review.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office WA

Heffernan E, Anderson K, Dev A (2012)

Inside Out: the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody report.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Hunter EM, Gynther BD, Anderson CJ, Onnis L-A L, Nelson JR, Hall W, Baune BT, Groves AR (2012)

Psychosis in Indigenous populations of Cape York and the Torres Strait.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(2): 133-135

Jayaraj R, Thomas M, Thomson V, Griffin C, Mayo L, Whitty M, d Abbs P, Nagel T (2012)

High risk alcohol-related trauma among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Northern Territory.

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy; 7: 33

Retrieved 3 August 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1747-597X-7-33

Jayaraj R, Thomas M, Kavanagh D, d’Abbs P, Mayo L, Thomson V, Griffin C, Nagel T (2012)

Study protocol: Screening and Treatment of Alcohol-Related Trauma (START) – a randomised controlled trial.

BMC Health Services Research; 12: 371

Retrieved 29 October 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-12-371

Kay A (2012)

Aboriginal injury priorities: an overview of the evidence, best practice and prevention programs in Western Australia.

Perth: Injury Control Council of Western Australia

This report presents a review of injury prevention purchasing priorities for the Department of Health, Western Australia in 2010 and identifies several areas of injury that are especially topical in Indigenous populations. Priorities included:

  • drowning and near drowning
  • poisoning
  • falls
  • burns and scalds.

In these injury areas, Indigenous people experience higher rates of injury than non-Indigenous people. Injury in Aboriginal people is closely linked to other issues, such as alcohol, socio-economic status, risk-taking behaviour and isolation. When considering prevention strategies, these factors are important determinants of health to consider.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Kinner SA, Dietze PM, Gouillou M, Alati R (2012)

Prevalence and correlates of alcohol dependence in adult prisoners vary according to Indigenous status.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 36(4): 329–334

Kirby T (2012)

Blunting the legacy of alcohol abuse in Western Australia.

The Lancet; 379(9812): 207-208

Lee L, Midford R, Malone S (2012)

The Dampier Peninsula Prevention Project: working with a group of remote Australian Aboriginal communities to address alcohol and drug use.

International Journal of Health Promotion and Education; 50(3): 111-124

Li SQ, Pircher SLM, Guthridge SL (2012)

Trends in alcohol-attributable hospitalisation in the Northern Territory, 1998–99 to 2008–09.

Medical Journal of Australia; 197(6): 341-344

Memmott P, Birdsall-Jones C, Greenop K (2012)

Why are special services needed to address Indigenous homelessness?.

Brisbane: Institute for Social Science Research, the University of Queensland

This report explores why it is necessary to design and deliver homelessness services specifically for Indigenous people. The report examines this topic in the context of current trends in homelessness policy, which favour the mainstreaming of services for Indigenous homeless people. It speaks to the concerns of government policy makers in this field, as well as relevant administrators and non-government organisations (NGOs) engaged in designing programs and services for Aboriginal homeless and public place dwelling people. The report was funded by the Australian Government under the 2009-13 National homelessness research agenda.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Nadew GT (2012)

Exposure to traumatic events, prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 1667

Retrieved 12 October 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1667

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2012)

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Australia.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

This report was produced by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee as a position paper on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The report contains an overview of FASD in Australia, including the health and social impacts of alcohol use during pregnancy. The report also contains recommendations to address the condition, which include:

  • implementing broad ranging social marketing campaigns to raise awareness of FASD, and the risks to the fetus or baby if the mother consumes alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding
  • supporting health professionals and services through the development of national policy and clinical practice guidelines, as well as workforce development and training.

NIDAC officially released this position paper on the opening day of the NIDAC conference (6 June 2012).

Abstract adapted from National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

Nelson AL, Macdonald D, Abbott RA (2012)

A risky business? Health and physical activity from the perspectives of urban Australian Indigenous young people.

Health, Risk & Society; 14(4): 325-340

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 C, Jacoby P, D’Antoine H, Bartu A, Bower C (2012)

Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure and increased risk of stillbirth.

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology; 119(8): 945-952

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2012)

Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report: June 2011 to August 2012.

Darwin: Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services

This is the first of two annual reports that examine the objectives, strategies and funding arrangements of agreements that form the basis of the partnership between the Commonwealth and Northern Territory (NT) governments aimed at closing the gap in living conditions and social outcomes for Aboriginal Territorians.

The geographies assessed in the report include; Territory growth towns, Community living areas, town camps, homelands, communities and outstations.

The report focuses on four major themes arising from the approach taken by governments in relation to Aboriginal people since the NT emergency response (NTER) commenced in 2007 and reflected in the Stronger futures arrangements proposed for the next ten years. These are:

  • transparency and accountability
  • the balance between the crisis and developmental aspects of initiatives under both the NTER and Stronger futures
  • the marginalisation of Aboriginal people in decision making and resource allocation
  • the lack of long-term planning and capacity development within Aboriginal towns, particularly the transfer of service delivery from Aboriginal organisations to the non-Indigenous, non-profit sector.
The report makes twelve recommendations in the following areas:population and mobility; one-stop shop business centres; accountability and transparency; prioritisation of investments; community safety; early childhood; education; youth services review; labour force participation; workforce development (housing); housing; and health (morgues).

Abstract adapted from Office of the Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report

Orford J (2012)

Worrying for drinkers in Aboriginal Australia [ch 8].

In: Orford J, ed. Addiction dilemmas: family experiences from literature and research and their challenges for practice. Malden, MA, USA: John Wiley & Sons: 52-64

Senserrick T, Lyford M, Hinchcliff R, Boufous S, Clapham K, Torr S, Ivers R (2012)

Relationship between alcohol management plans and injury reductions in a remote Australian community.

Injury prevention; 18(Suppl. 1): A173

Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Fitzgerald M (2012)

The risk status, screening history and health concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 31(5): 617–624

Symons M, Gray D, Chikritzhs T, Skov S, Saggers S, Boffa J, Low J (2012)

A longitudinal study of influences on alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia: with a particular emphasis on the role of price.

Perth, WA: National Drug Research Institute

This report outlines the findings of a study undertaken by the National Drug Research Institute in collaboration with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. The study examined the impact of various alcohol control measures on levels of alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia for the period 2000-2010. This report includes details on:

  • study aim and research methods
  • alcohol control measures
  • alcohol consumption
  • alcoholic beverage prices
  • health indicators
  • crime and public order.

The study found that imposing additional alcohol control measures has contributed significantly to the reduction of estimated per capita consumption in Central Australia. The study found that most effective measures have been those which indirectly increased the average price per litre of alcoholic beverages.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Taylor AW, Marin T, Avery J, Grande D (2012)

South Australian Aboriginal health survey.

Adelaide: South Australian Population Research and Outcome Studies

This report provides information on chronic diseases among Indigenous people in South Australia, including the social determinants of health and some risk and protective factors. It includes information on:

  • kidney disease
  • hearing problems
  • mental health
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Turner-Walker J (2012)

Clash of the paradigms : night patrols in remote central Australia.

Masters in Criminal Justice thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth, WA

Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit (2012)

The relationship between alcohol and drugs and mental health: a resource book for Aboriginal workers.

Fitzroy, Vic: Victorian Dual Diagnosis Education and Training Unit

This book provides information on the relationship between mental health and alcohol and other drug use for the Aboriginal alcohol and other drug (AOD), and social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) workforce. The book covers the following topics:

  • drugs and the body and mind connection
  • mental illness
  • the relationship between mental health, and alcohol and other drugs
  • stages of change
  • interventions
  • treatment options
  • resources and services.

This book is one of three key resources produced as part of the of the Our healing ways project. It was developed by the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative (VDDI) Education and Training Unit and funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division of the Department of Health Victoria.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Pilbara liquor restrictions (2012)

Western Australian Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor

These factsheets contain information on liquor restrictions in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA). The factsheets detail liquor restrictions, effective as at 8 October 2012, in the following Pilbara towns:

  • Dampier
  • Karratha
  • Kumarina
  • Marble Bar
  • Mardie
  • Newman
  • Nullagine
  • Onslow
  • Pannawonica
  • Paraburdoo
  • Pardoo
  • Point Samson
  • Port Hedland and South Hedland
  • Sandfire Roadhouse
  • Tom Price
  • Whim Creek
  • Wickham.
The restrictions were imposed by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA, under section 64 of the Liquor Control Act 1988, in response to two reports submitted to the Director by WA Police and the West Pilbara Alcohol Management Group.

Abstract adapted from Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA

Wilson IB, Hawkins S, Green S, Archer JS (2012)

Suboptimal anti-epilepsy drug use is common among Indigenous patients with seizures presenting to the emergency department.

Journal of Clinical Neuroscience; 19(1): 187–189

2011

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health of Australia's prisoners 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bangor-Jones R, Akesson G, Armstrong P, Bastian L, Reeve C, Xiao J, Weeramanthri T (2011)

Alcohol restrictions and STIs: is there a link? [letter].

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(1): 94

Catto M (2011)

Alcohol use among Indigenous peoples: the harmful use of alcohol amongst Indigenous Australians.

The Chronicle; 20(1): 21

Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Cairney S (2011)

Neuropsychological problems and alcohol availability appear to be key factors in continued heavy alcohol use by Aboriginal Australians.

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(1): 50-51

Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Cairney S (2011)

Similar profile of cognitive impairment and recovery for Aboriginal Australians in treatment for episodic or chronic alcohol use.

Addiction; 106(8): 1419–1426

Grech K, Burgess M (2011)

Trends and patterns in domestic violence assaults: 2001 to 2010.

Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Margolis SA, Ypinazar VA, Muller R, Clough A (2011)

Increasing alcohol restrictions and rates of serious injury in four remote Australian Indigenous communities.

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(10): 503-506

Mission Australia (2011)

National survey of young Australians 2011: key and emerging issues.

Sydney: Mission Australia

Nagel T, Kavanagh D, Barclay L, Trauer T, Chenhall R, Frendin J, Griffin C (2011)

Integrating treatment for mental and physical disorders and substance misuse in Indigenous primary care settings.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S17-S19

Office of the Children’s Commissioner (2011)

Children's Commissioner Northern Territory annual report 2010-2011.

Darwin: Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Reilly R, Doyle J, Daniel M, Aitken L/, Atkinson V, Briggs P, Calleja J, Charles S, Mohamed J, Patten R, Rowley K (2011)

A pilot study of psychosocial factors and cardiovascular risk amongst Aboriginal people living in the Goulburn Valley.

Journal of Rural and Tropical Public Health; 10: 8-14

Road Safety Advisory Council (2011)

Draft South Australian road safety strategy 2020 - Towards Zero Together.

Adelaide: Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, South Australia

Sayers S, Mott S, Singh G (2011)

Fetal growth restriction and 18-year growth and nutritional status: Aboriginal birth cohort 1987-2007.

American Journal of Human Biology; 23(3): 417-419

Schapel AE (2011)

Findings of inquest: Gibson, Kunmanara (Sleeping rough inquest).

Adelaide: Coroner’s Court of South Australia

VicHealth (2011)

Aboriginal health in Victoria - research summary.

Melbourne: VicHealth

Wenitong M, David B (2011)

Providers, protectors, warriors.

O&G Magazine; 13(3): 44-46

Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2011)

Alcohol-related hospitalisations and deaths in Western Australia: Drug and Alcohol Office surveillance report November 2011.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

This series of 10 reports provides information on the prevalence of alcohol consumption, alcohol-related hospitalisations and alcohol-related deaths in the metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Western Australia. The reports were collated by the Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office with the assistance of the Department of Health and include:

  • State report
  • north metropolitan area
  • south metropolitan area
  • South West
  • Great Southern
  • Wheatbelt
  • Midwest
  • Goldfields
  • Kimberley
  • Pilbara.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Education and Health Standing Committee (2011)

Alcohol: reducing the harm and curbing the culture of excess.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

2010

Barnett L, Kendall E, McKay K, McIntyre M, Kolves K, De Leo D (2010)

Suicidal behaviours in Indigenous communities in Queensland: evaluation and development of baseline data [final report].

Mackay, Qld: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention

Calabria B, Doran CM, Vos T, Shakeshaft AP, Hall W (2010)

Epidemiology of alcohol-related burden of disease among Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(s1): S47-S51

Dingwall K, Cairney S (2010)

New tools assess Indigenous substance abusers.

Of Substance; 8(1): 6

Dingwall KM, Cairney S (2010)

Detecting psychological symptoms related to substance use among Indigenous Australians.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 30(1): 33-39

Dingwall KM (2010)

Monitoring cognitive and psychological changes for Indigenous Australians following petrol and alcohol abuse.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Gray D, Wilkes E (2010)

Reducing alcohol and other drug related harm.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource sheet provides an overview of approaches to reducing alcohol and other drug related harm amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Included is information on what is currently known about these approaches and what information needs to be developed in this area. This resource sheet was produced as part of a series by the Closing the gap clearinghouse to disseminate information which could be used to help develop solutions to 'close the gap'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Guthrie J, Lovett R, Dance P, Ritchie C, Tongs J (2010)

'Where's your country?': new approaches for working with problematic alcohol use among Indigenous Australians in an urban setting.

Australian Aboriginal Studies; 2010(1): 100-107

Haren MT, Li M, Petkov J, McDermott RA (2010)

Alcohol, metabolic risk and elevated serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) in Indigenous Australians.

BMC Public Health; 10: 454

Retrieved 3 August 2010 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-454.pdf

Jamieson LM, Gunthorpe W, Cairney SJ, Sayers SM, Roberts-Thomson KF, Slade GD (2010)

Substance use and periodontal disease among Australian Aboriginal young adults.

Addiction; 105(4): 719-726

Kinnane S, Farringdon F, Henderson-Yates L, Parker H (2010)

Fitzroy Valley alcohol restriction report: an evaluation of the effects of alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing relating to measurable health and social outcomes, community perceptions and alcohol related behaviours after two years.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office

Skov SJ, Chikritzhs TN, Li SQ, Pircher S, Whetton S (2010)

How much is too much? Alcohol consumption and related harm in the Northern Territory.

Medical Journal of Australia; 193(Rapid online publication): 1-4

South Australian Mental Health Policy Unit (2010)

South Australia's mental health and wellbeing policy 2010-2015.

Adelaide: South Australian Department of Health

Stough C, King R (2010)

The role of alcohol and other drugs in road deaths and serious injuries.

Prevention Research Quarterly; Issues paper no.12(Drugs and driving): 1-26

Wang Z, Si D, Hoy WE (2010)

Mental disorders due to substance use and cardiovascular disease risk in Aboriginal adults: letter.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 566

Wilkes E, Gray D, Saggers S, Casey W, Stearne A (2010)

Substance misuse and mental health among Aboriginal Australians.

In: Purdie N, Dudgeon P, Walker R, eds. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing: 117-134

Wilson M, Stearne A, Gray D, Saggers S (2010)

Review of the harmful use of alcohol amongst Indigenous Australians.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

2009

Boffa J, Tilton E, Legge D, Genat B (2009)

Reducing the harm from alcohol, tobacco and obesity in Indigenous communities: key approaches and actions.

Canberra:

Chikritzhs T, Filmore K, Stockwell T (2009)

A healthy dose of scepticism: four good reasons to think again about protective effects of alcohol on coronary heart disease.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 28(4): 441-444

Kelly K, Dudgeon P, Gee G, Glaskin B (2009)

Living on the edge: social and emotional wellbeing and risk and protective factors for serious psychological distress among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Kinnane S, Farringdon F, Henderson-Yates L, Parker H (2009)

Fitzroy Valley alcohol restriction report: An evaluation of the effects of a restriction on take-away alcohol relating to measurable health and social outcomes, community perceptions and behaviours after a 12 month period.

Perth: Drug and Alcohol Office (WA)

McDermott R, Campbell S, Li M, McCulloch B (2009)

The health and nutrition of young Indigenous women in north Queensland – intergenerational implications of poor food quality, obesity, diabetes, tobacco smoking and alcohol use.

Public Health Nutrition; 12(11): 2143-2149

Pascal R, Chikritzhs T, Gray D (2009)

Estimating alcohol-attributable mortality among Indigenous Australians: towards Indigenous-specific alcohol aetiologic fractions.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 28(2): 196-200

The SA Centre for Economic Studies (2009)

Harms from and costs of alcohol consumption in the Northern Territory.

Adelaide, SA: Menzies School of Health Research

2008

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Health risk factors.

In: Trewin D, Madden R, eds. The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2008. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: 137-150

Brown J, Hunter E, Conigrave K, d’Abbs P, Boffa J, Gallagher C (2008)

Multidisciplinary care in the management of substance misuse and mental health problems in Indigenous settings.

Perth: National Drug Research Institute

Fewquandie BN (2008)

The heart of the matter is, that it's a matter of the heart: Dr Ross Ingram Memorial essay competition: the winning essay.

Medical Journal of Australia; 188(10): 580-582

Major C (2008)

From chronic to acute: the emergency response in the Northern Territory.

Of Substance; 6(1): 10-12

Pincock S (2008)

Alice Springs faces epidemic of stab injuries.

The Lancet; 371(9625): 1652-1653

Thompson SC, Bonar M, Greville H, Bessarab D, Gilles MT, D'Antoine H, Maycock BR (2008)

"Slowed right down": insights into the use of alcohol from research with Aboriginal Australians living with HIV.

International Journal of Drug Policy; 20(2): 101-110

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: Goldlfields.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: Great Southern.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: Midwest.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: North Metro Area Health Service.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: Pilbara.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: South Metro Area Health Service.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: South West.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia. Regional profile: Wheatbelt.

Perth: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Western Australian Epidemiology Branch Department of Health, Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia: regional profile: Kimberley.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Xiao J, Rowe T, Somerford P, Draper G, JM (2008)

Impact of alcohol on the population of Western Australia.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health

 
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