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2014

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

Stevens M, Paradies Y (2014)

Changes in exposure to 'life stressors' in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2002 to 2008.

BMC Public Health; 14: 144

Retrieved 11 February 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-144

2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

The role of community patrols in improving safety in Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Community patrols have the potential to increase Indigenous community safety, helping to reduce crime rates and alcohol-related harm and empower the local community. The most successful community patrols tend to enjoy community involvement and ownership and strong collaboration with police and a network of community services. This paper summarises the key evidence in support of community patrols. It includes detailed information on:

  • what is currently known about community patrols, including 'what works', and what is not known
  • safety and crime in Indigenous communities
  • the history of Indigenous community patrols in Australia, and the support they receive from levels of government
  • the evidence in support of community patrols
  • best practice for community patrols
  • the evidence gaps.

Abstract adapted from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Campbell D (2013)

Economic rationality in choosing between short-term bad-health choices and longer-term good-health choices.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(11): 5971-5988

Day A, Francisco A, Jones R (2013)

Programs to improve interpersonal safety in Indigenous communities: evidence and issues.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

d’Abbs P, Shaw G (2013)

Monitoring trends in prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Aboriginal communities: an interim report.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

Lindeman M, Flouris A, Lopes J (2013)

Youth programs in remote central Australian Aboriginal communities 2013.

Darwin: Centre for Remote Health

This report provides information on a study undertaken to explore the enablers and barriers of youth programs in remote Central Australian Indigenous communities.

The report includes the aims and methodology of the study, a literature review and recommendations, with the findings organised into these topics:

  • background of Central Australian young people development programs
  • important elements of youth development programs
  • defining features of youth programs
  • youth program workforce
  • youth program outcomes
  • collaboration and relationships
  • resources and infrastructure
  • the context of service delivery in remote communities
  • 'youth-centred, context-specific' services

The study was conducted in partnership between the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) and the Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service (CAYLUS).

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

Ware V-A (2013)

Mentoring programs for Indigenous youth at risk.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report examines evidence and provides information on effective mentoring programs for Indigenous young people at risk of engaging in antisocial and risky behaviours. The report provides detailed information on:

  • risk and protective factors relating to antisocial and risky behaviours
  • mentoring programs and how they work
  • principles for effective mentoring of at-risk Indigenous youth
  • characteristics of effective mentoring relationships
  • ineffective mentoring practices
  • current gaps in research.

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

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report, 2010-11: OATSIH services reporting - key results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the main findings from the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) Services Reporting data collection. Data were collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) from primary health-care services, substance use services and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services that received funding through OATSIH in 2010-11. The health services included those provided through Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

The information covered the number of clients seen, episodes of care and client contacts. This information helps to inform Indigenous health policy, and program development and implementation. Primary health care services provided 2.5 million episodes of care to about 428,000 Indigenous clients; substance use services provided treatment and assistance to about 28,600 clients and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services were accessed by about 11,800 clients.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Berry SL, Crowe TP, Deane FP (2012)

Preliminary development and content validity of a measure of Australian Aboriginal cultural engagement.

Ethnicity & Health; 17(3): 325-336

MacLean S, Cameron J, Harney A, Lee NK (2012)

Psychosocial therapeutic interventions for volatile substance use: a systematic review.

Addiction; 107(2): 278-288

Senior k, William I, Chenhall R, Cunningham T, Nagel T, Loyd R, McMahon R (2012)

Developing successful diversionary schemes for youth from remote Aboriginal communities.

Canberra: Criminology Research Advisory Council

Thomson N, Burns J, McLoughlin N (2012)

The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children.

In: Beresford Q, Partington G, Gower G, eds. Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education: fully revised edition. Revised ed. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing: 202-234

The revised edition of Reform and resistance in Aboriginal education reflects on the challenges and achievements that have occurred for both teachers and students in this significant area of education since the book's original release in 2003. The chapter, The impact of health on the education of Indigenous children, reviews the specific health issues currently affecting Indigenous children, and how these issues impact on their education. The chapter provides a summary of key indicators of Indigenous health status.

Prevalent issues and indicators discussed include:

  • infant mortality and birthweight status
  • nutrition
  • substance use
  • anaemia
  • ear disease and hearing loss
  • infectious diseases
  • eye conditions
  • oral health
  • injuries
  • social and emotional wellbeing.

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

2011

Attorney-General's Department (2011)

Government response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs report: Doing time – time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system.

Barton, ACT: Attorney-General's Department

This report is the Australian Government's response to the findings and recommendations provided by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the Doing time - time for doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system report, released in June 2011. The report presents 40 specific recommendations on how the government aims to take action to reduce the over-representation of young Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian National Audit Office (2011)

Northern Territory night patrols.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Brady M (2011)

Fuel, cars and the geography of petrol sniffing.

Humanities Research; 17(2): 121-134

Dingwall KM, Cairney S (2011)

Recovery from central nervous system changes following volatile substance misuse.

Substance Use & Misuse; 46(S1): 73-83

Dingwall KM, Maruff P, Fredrickson A, Cairney S (2011)

Cognitive recovery during and after treatment for volatile solvent abuse.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 118(2-3): 180-185

Education and Health Standing Committee (2011)

Alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley: a 'window of opportunity' for improved health, education, housing and employment.

Perth, WA: Parliament of Western Australia

Entwistle P, Entwistle D, Piper K, Stothers K, Centre for Remote Health (2011)

AOD Indigenous Communities Project 2009-2011 : final evaluation report.

Darwin: Amity Community Services

Midford R, MacLean S, Catto M, Thomson N, Debuyst O (2011)

Review of volatile substance use among Indigenous people.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

2010

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (2010)

Improving Aboriginal participation in the MERIT program.

North Sydney, NSW: New South Wales Department of Health

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (2010)

A better way: success stories in Aboriginal community control in the Northern Territory.

Sydney: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation

This booklet highlights success stories from a range of Aboriginal community controlled organisations in the Northern Territory. The booklet demonstrates the potential of Aboriginal organisations to respond to the challenges facing their communities. Success in an Aboriginal community organisation or program was measured by the following;

1. Community participation at all levels including management.

2. Community participation that is real and not symbolic.

3. Community control of both processes and outcomes.

4. Community control over how resources are allocated.

5. Sustainability of the project, organisation or initiative.

This booklet celebrates the success stories occurring in the Northern Territory and that sustainable outcomes can be achieved for children, families and communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cairney S, Dingwall K (2010)

The mysterious practice of petrol sniffing in isolated Indigenous groups.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 46(9): 510-515

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Indigenous family safety agenda.

Canberra: Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

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

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2010)

Locally designed and operated Indigenous community models and practices that address Indigenous alcohol and other drugs misuse.

Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

Nicholas R (2010)

An environmental scan on alcohol and other drug issues facing law enforcement in Australia 2010.

Hobart: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund

Nichols F (2010)

Aboriginal recommendations for substance use program evaluation.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(3): 17 - 19

Ralph NL (2010)

Trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicide and aspects of well being among Aboriginal adolescents in the Kimberley.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth

2008

MacLean S (2008)

Developing an inhalant misuse community strategy.

Woden, ACT: National Inhalants Information Service

MacLean S (2008)

Volatile bodies: stories of corporeal pleasure and damage in marginalised young people's drug use.

International Journal of Drug Policy; 19(5): 375-383

 
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