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3C Empresa     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
A contrario     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
A Practical Logic of Cognitive Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Abant Kültürel Araştırmalar Dergisi     Open Access  
Abordajes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access  
Academicus International Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
ACCORD Occasional Paper     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Acta Scientiarum. Human and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Adelphi series     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Adıyaman Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Adıyaman Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi / Adiyaman University Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 172)
Administrative Theory & Praxis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Adultspan Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Advances in Appreciative Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
África     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Africa Spectrum     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
African Research Review     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
African Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Afrika Focus     Open Access  
Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Ágora : revista de divulgação científica     Open Access  
Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Ahi Evran Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Akademik Bakış Uluslararası Hakemli Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Akademik Hassasiyetler     Open Access  
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Al Farabi Uluslararası Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Al-Mabsut : Jurnal Studi Islam dan Sosial     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Alliage     Free  
Alteridade     Open Access  
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Anais do Congresso de Pesquisa e Extensão e da Semana de Ciências Sociais da UEMG/Barbacena     Open Access  
ANALES de la Universidad Central del Ecuador     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Anales de la Universidad de Chile     Open Access  
Análisis     Open Access  
Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Andamios. Revista de Investigacion Social     Open Access  
Anemon Muş Alparslan Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Anka E-Dergi     Open Access  
Ankara University SBF Journal     Open Access  
Annals of Humanities and Development Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Annuaire de l’EHESS     Open Access  
Anthropocene Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Anthurium : A Caribbean Studies Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Approches inductives : Travail intellectuel et construction des connaissances     Full-text available via subscription  
Apuntes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Apuntes de Investigación del CECYP     Open Access  
Arbor     Open Access  
Argomenti. Rivista di economia, cultura e ricerca sociale     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Argumentos. Revista de crítica social     Open Access  
Around the Globe     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Arquivos do CMD : Cultura, Memória e Desenvolvimento     Open Access  
Articulo - Journal of Urban Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Artvin Coruh University International Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access  
Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Asian Journal of Quality of Life     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Management Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Asian Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Astrolabio     Open Access  
Asya Araştırmaları Uluslararasi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi / Journal of Asian Studies     Open Access  
Atatürk Dergisi     Open Access  
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Aboriginal Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Australian Journal of Emergency Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Australian Journal on Volunteering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Balkan Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
BARATARIA. Revista Castellano-Manchega de Ciencias sociales     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Beykent Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Bhakti Persada : Jurnal Aplikasi IPTEKS     Open Access  
Big Data & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 41)
Bildhaan : An International Journal of Somali Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University Journal of Social Science Institute     Open Access  
Bingöl Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Black Women, Gender & Families     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
BMC Medical Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Bodhi : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Body Image     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
BOGA : Basque Studies Consortium Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Border Crossing : Transnational Working Papers     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BOSAPARIS : Pendidikan Kesejahteraan Keluarga     Open Access  
Brain and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Études Andines     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Caderno CRH     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Caminho Aberto : Revista de Extensão do IFSC     Open Access  
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Caribbean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Castalia : Revista de Psicología de la Academia     Open Access  
Catalan Social Sciences Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Catalyst : A Social Justice Forum     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Catholic Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
CBU International Conference Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cemoti, Cahiers d'études sur la méditerranée orientale et le monde turco-iranien     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Challenges     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
China Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Ciencia e Interculturalidad     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciência ET Praxis     Open Access  
Ciencia Sociales y Económicas     Open Access  
Ciencia y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciencia, Cultura y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciências Sociais Unisinos     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciencias Sociales y Educación     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
CienciaUAT     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Científic@ : Multidisciplinary Journal     Open Access  
Citizen Science : Theory and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Citizenship Teaching & Learning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Ciudad Paz-ando     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Civilizar Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Civitas - Revista de Ciências Sociais     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CLIO América     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cogent Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Colección Académica de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Communities, Children and Families Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Compendium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Comuni@cción     Open Access  
Comunitania : Revista Internacional de Trabajo Social y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Confluenze Rivista di Studi Iberoamericani     Open Access  
Connections     Open Access  
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Contribuciones desde Coatepec     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Convergencia     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cooperativismo y Desarrollo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Corporate Reputation Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
CRDCN Research Highlight / RCCDR en évidence     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Creative and Knowledge Society     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Creative Approaches to Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Critical Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
CTheory     Open Access  
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos Interculturales     Open Access  
Çukurova Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Cultural Trends     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Culturales     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Culturas. Revista de Gestión Cultural     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture Scope     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Current Research in Social Sciences     Open Access  
Dalat University Journal of Science     Open Access  
De Prácticas y Discursos. Cuadernos de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Decyzje     Open Access  
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Derecho y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Desacatos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desafios     Open Access  
Desenvolvimento em Questão     Open Access  
Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Didáctica de las Ciencias Experimentales y Sociales     Open Access  
DIFI Family Research and Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Discourse & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Doğu Anadolu Sosyal Bilimlerde Eğilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Drustvena istrazivanja     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Dumlupınar Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
e-cadernos CES     Open Access  
E-Dimas : Jurnal Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
Number of Followers: 14  
 
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ISSN (Print) 1037-3403
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  • Volume 40 Working with young people in North Queensland: A strengths-based
           approach
    • Abstract: Onnis, Leigh-Anne; Stow, Che
      The media share many stories about the problems in Australian Indigenous communities and few about the positive activities and programs undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is important to tell these good stories too. This is a story about a strengths-based approach using narrative therapy to work with young people in remote North Queensland.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Dr Kevin Rowley
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Burning coals: My experience as an aboriginal woman in research
    • Abstract: Schrieber, LJ
      As I sit here on my computer sweating in my little house, deep in "the ghetto" (housing commission area) of Cairns trying to write my thesis, I keep thinking about all the struggles we are faced with as Aboriginal people. One of my non-Indigenous colleagues tells me I need to find a quiet place to write my thesis. Ha! In my house I have two children under the age of five, a nephew, my husband, my mother in law and about eight other nephews, nieces, sisters, cousins and a brother that sleep, play and eat here most weekends. While I could view this situation as a distraction (and admittedly sometimes it is), they are all actually my only real motivation. That's what this article is about. The people that have inspired me.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Editorial
    • Abstract: Bandjalan, Kathy Malera
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Exploring knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic
           health conditions
    • Abstract: Fredericks, Bronwyn; Kinnear, Susan; Daniels, Carolyn
      In 2015, we were asked to undertake a project focused on collecting new information regarding the experiences and perceptions of chronic conditions impacting on the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community within the greater Rockhampton region. We will present a small snapshot of the research in this summary.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Indigenous people and qualitative research - making it work
    • Abstract: Roman, Curtis
      Indigenous people currently comprise 26.8 % of the Northern Territory population. The Federal Government has recently embarked on a closing the gap campaign to improve the lives of Indigenous people and to address the disadvantage that exits in the lives of Indigenous people. This paper is designed to provide Indigenous and nonindigenous people working in research with some practical advice on how to improve the research experience for Indigenous people and how to develop culturally appropriate research methodologies. The paper proposes that qualitative research methods are practical, useful, beneficial and culturally appropriate for research on and with Indigenous people. The paper also provides practical advice on how to ensure that Indigenous people are represented in research to ensure that their voices are clearly heard. It is hoped that this paper creates awareness among researchers so that they can use this awareness in their research on Indigenous people.

      The methodology used to write the paper is based on the author's own research experiences as an Indigenous researcher. In the main, the data used in this paper has been gathered from qualitative research textbooks and from personal experiences in research and based on the author's personal experiences of delivering post graduate research courses on Indigenous research issues.

      The paper shows that qualitative research methods can be useful, productive and culturally appropriate for Indigenous people and can be used to enrich data and to encourage Indigenous people to participate in research. The paper shows that through qualitative research techniques, Indigenous people are able to express themselves and identify issues themselves, which means that researchers are able to gather more data while at the same time, providing Indigenous research participants with a feeling of cultural safety. This is important for those in the area of Indigenous research as Indigenous people have had a long history of negative research experiences.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 The history on aboriginal community controlled health since 1971
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 The intersection between research and ethics, as it applies to
           indigenous methodologies
    • Abstract: Toombs, Maree
      Research processes as well as research outcomes is increasingly a focus of consideration for those engaging in a broad range of Indigenous research in Australia. 'Research reform advocates have argued for a fundamental re-positioning of Indigenous peoples from that of research participants to that of active participation in all aspects of research activity'. This paper proposes a set of guiding principles that may assist in developing an effective relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants when conducting research. As we all should know by now, research about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has not always been ethical. There are many examples of intellectual property of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being exploited, with no beneficial outcomes for those providing the researchers with their knowledge.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Aboriginal peoples participation in their health care: A patient
           right and an obligation for health care providers
    • Abstract: Couzos, Sophie; Thiele, Dea Delaney
      Health professionals may be experts about disease, but patients are experts about their lives.That's because patients live with their illness and disease every day. The best health care providers know that the factors that influence peoples lives also influences their health outcomes. They treat the patient and not just the disease. This is called patient-centered care.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Identity questions
    • Abstract: Bolt, Reuben
      I didn't know I was Aboriginal, we used to say no, we are half castes, because that's what we was taught (Martha).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 First 1000 days Australia: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait
           Islander led early life intervention
    • Abstract: Arabena, Kerry; Ritte, Rebecca; Panozzo, Stacey; Leah, Johnston; Rowley, Kevin
      Dedicated to the life and contribution of Dr. Kevin Rowley: A top bloke, great researcher and friend to many including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, students, collaborators and researchers.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Who is Carol': Carol - my mum, my best friend, my
           inspiration, my teacher, my mentor, my confidant
    • Abstract: Hall, Kerry
      Mum came from a family of remarkably strong determined independent Aboriginal women. The first of these was my Great Grandmother Rose Ann Silver Fox, her mother 'Lilly' died when she was 3 months. About 4 years old, Rose Ann was taken from her family and sent to Cape Bedford Lutheran Mission (now Hopevale). She was "adopted" by Charles Silver from Silver Plains Station about age 5. Rose lived there until she married my Great Grandfather William Henry Gostelow Snr in 1911. They had eight children.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 How primary health care can better support the families of
           aboriginal Australians in contact with the criminal justice system: A
           human rights approach
    • Abstract: Delaney-Thiele, Dea; Lloyd, Jane E; Abbott, Penny; Baldry, Eileen; McEntyre, Elizabeth; Malera-Bandjalan, Kathy; Reath, Jennifer; Indig, Devon; Sherwood, Juanita; Harris, Mark F
      Aims and Rationale: Cycling in and out of prison is recognised as extremely damaging and disempowering for the families of Aboriginal Australians and their communities. We examined the impact of incarceration and the return of former inmates to their communities on family members and how primary health care services might provide better support to Aboriginal families and communities.

      Methods: A human rights-based framework was used as an interpretive lens to analyse findings from ten interviews with family members of Aboriginal former inmates. Three human rights principles were invoked: the accountability of duty bearers, participation of right holders, and equity and non-discrimination.

      Findings: The impact on Aboriginal family members of supporting a relative in custody and post release is substantial. In the absence of adequate post-release discharge planning and communication between services, it was left to family members to identify the immediate needs of former inmates and also to establish their own links with community services, including primary health care. Family members have therefore acted as important brokers to accessing primary health care services.

      According to the human rights framework, both family members and inmates are right holders. However, unless an inmate is on parole, there is no single agency responsible for meeting the needs of the former inmates. Therefore, there is no official duty-bearer. Primary health care services may provide health care, information, emotional and instrumental support to former inmates and family members but the manner in which this occurs is largely reactive. Relevance to policy, research or practice needs

      There is a need to identify which organisations are the key duty bearers for former inmates and family members and how best to support them to ensure the rights holders can access their rights to health and wellbeing. Rather than a single organisation, the key to effective post-release support is a linked and collaborative service network model. Primary health care needs to link with appropriate other social and human services so that when families and former inmates seek support they are ready to activate the network as well as provide targeted health interventions as needed.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 The impact of suicide contagion and intergenerational
           segregation on youth and young adults in remote indigenous communities in
           Northern Territory, Australia
    • Abstract: Hanssens, Leonore
      As the incidence of suicide contagion proliferates within traditional Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Australia, it has dramatically impacted on youth and young adults, with clusters of attempted and completed suicide in these age groups. There are six different aspects of suicide contagion identified in Indigenous settings including the social, behavioural, emotional, cultural, familial, and intergenerational which are explored.

      The experience of suicide contagion is different in Indigenous communities as it halts dramatically around the age of fifty which points to a protective factor within Indigenous Elders that is not available to Indigenous youth and young adults. It also suggests a possible intergenerational segregation at that age, where the older and younger generations rarely intersect.

      Indigenous suicide is almost exclusively by hanging, especially in the very young, and the social issues that determine suicide in Indigenous settings, are indicative of a troubled youth and young adult Indigenous population, with resultant political ramifications. Combined with the specific vulnerabilities within Indigenous settings, suicide contagion is difficult to contain and has led to an echo cluster phenomenon in certain high risk settings. The "Echo Cluster Model" represents this process and pattern of echo clusters. There is now emerging evidence of suicide containment in some high risk communities where Indigenous communities are able to harness the strengths of the Indigenous Elders who are protected from suicide contagion (> 50 years). Promote Life NT Models 3 and 4 and descriptive examples, demonstrate the ability of Elders through cross generational re-engagement, to support and protect youth and young adults by intergenerational integration, to contain and reduce suicide and support broad postvention initiatives in Indigenous settings.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet your health workforce
           support resource
    • Abstract: Adams, Mick; Drew, Neil; Elwell, Michelle; Harford-Mills, Millie; Macrae, Andrea; O'Hara, Trish; Trzesinski, Avinna
      One of the great challenges facing health workers is to stay up to date with the research and other information that informs high quality, evidence based practice. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers are like most professionals in the health sector; overburdened, under resourced and time poor. Keeping up to date with the vast amount of available information is becoming increasingly difficult. Choi in 2005, estimated that in the area of biomedicine alone we would need to read 19 original articles a day just to keep up, growing at a rate of 7% per year. If we calculate that to 2015 the number is in excess of 30 a day, a clearly impossible task for even the most dedicated worker who is expected to keep abreast of developments in a wide range of health conditions. And yet, we must keep up in order to maintain best practice and to deliver the positive outcomes the community expects and is entitled to receive. Ann Sanson and her colleagues put it very succinctly when they observed that the gap between what we know and what we do is far greater than the gap between what we know and what we don't know. David Satcher, the former US Surgeon General, went one step further when he stated that 'the gap between what we know and what we do in public health is lethal to Americans, if not the world'. The same undoubtedly applies in Australia. Professor Ian Chubb, Australia's Chief Scientist in 2012, said in relation to medical research 'that there is a gap between basic research and clinical applications, and it is to the detriment of our health care options'. He also highlighted the associated problem of getting all the good science published in the first place with some journals only able to accept 3% of submissions. This is precisely the gap that the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) was designed and developed to fill in order to support positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 A culturally safe education engagement model for Aboriginal and
           Torres Strait Islander men in prison
    • Abstract: Munro-Harrison, Emily; Trounson, Justin; Ironfield, Natalie
      Learning through storytelling, intergenerational interactions and respectful passing on of knowledge have been integral parts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for thousands of years. Although the process of colonisation has severely disrupted many of the cultural rights and activities practiced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations across Australia, it has not eradicated them, and we continue to adapt and change as we have done for thousands of years.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Media release - new eBook supports and informs alcohol and other
           drug sector
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 40 Guidelines for contributors
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - A case study on public health research management in
           the aboriginal community controlled health sector
    • Abstract: Adams, Karen; Lusis, Nadia; Briggs, Lisa
      Research management largely focuses on organisations whose core business is to develop and implement research. Increasingly these specialists, most often university and research centres, are encouraged to develop research partnerships with the organisations and communities the research has relevance for. This has particular relevance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In this case study we discuss how over the last 14 years public health research management has developed at VACCHO , the challenges this has posed and solutions that have been generated to address these. Quality improvement of research management has involved improving accountability in partnerships, consistent program evaluation, managing research approaches to ensure they support core business and moving from re-active to pro-active research partnerships. These processes have been developed to meet VACCHO's needs and circumstances and other organisations in the sector will have developed their own responses.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - National symposium: How prisoner health affects the
           community
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - Perspectives of sporting opportunities for remote
           indigenous Cape York communities
    • Abstract: Meldrum, Kathryn; Dinan Thompson, Maree
      Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait health disadvantage is one of the many initiatives that the Australian Government is continuing to struggle with. Regular physical activity is an important component of health. Calls from Indigenous community members on Cape York to have the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing (Cape York Sustainable Futures, 2012; Apunipima, 2011) need to be heard by providers and government.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - Waminda's Wellbeing program
    • Abstract: Firth, Willow; Crook, Lauren; Thompson, Marlene; Worner, Faye; Board, Waminda
      Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease are the leading causes of the burden of disease in Indigenous Australians. The associated conditions can be attributed to four main risk factors of tobacco use, overweight and/or obesity, nutrition and alcohol. The progression to developing long term chronic disease conditions can be reduced through the delivery of targeted strategies addressing these main risk factors. Furthermore, in order to address the health disparities in Indigenous Australian communities, there is a need to ensure Aboriginal Community Controlled Services, such as Waminda, lead the delivery of health care and preventative programs, particularly to those community members that are hard to reach. Aboriginal Community Controlled Services are better equipped with local community knowledge and take a proactive stance of ensuring Aboriginal community members are able to participate in programs and activities that enable them to make informed decisions about their own health care, thus placing them in an empowered position. Through the delivery of programs at the community level, Aboriginal people with the support of Community Controlled Services are seeing change occur particularly in the Shoalhaven region of NSW. In this paper we will provide a case study of the Waminda Health and Wellbeing program presently being implemented in the community of Nowra and outerlying areas.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - Waminda: Mums and bubs program
    • Abstract: Crook, Lauren; Longbottom, Hayley; White, Kim; Thompson, Marlene; Worner, Faye; Board, Waminda
      The South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Service Aboriginal Corporation (Waminda), has been dedicated to providing holistic, culturally competent, safe and secure services for Aboriginal women and children in the Shoalhaven region for over twenty eight years. Situated in Nowra on the South Coast of NSW, the service was initially incorporated under the name of Jilimi, established in 1984, to increase access to mainstream services which were unable to meet the cultural needs of Aboriginal women and their families. Coming from a holistic and strengths based approach, Waminda is an Aboriginal community controlled women's health and welfare service, providing gendered health and social support programs specifically for Aboriginal women.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - We can see the gap regional eye health coordination
           for indigenous Australians
    • Abstract: Anjou, Mitchel D; Boudvile, Andrea I; Taylor, Hugh R
      Background: A network of Regional Eye Health Coordinators was established following a national review of Indigenous Australian eye health in 1997 to support the implementation of regional eye health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Since that time the role and expectations for these positions have expanded and changed in some areas and in other regions the positions have been disestablished. A 2008 national survey of Indigenous eye health confirms some improvement in eye health but identified rates of blindness and vision impairment that remain significantly worse than mainstream Australia. This project identifies the successes and failures in service coordination and proposes solutions for improvement.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - The development of culturally safe and relevant health
           promotion resources for effective trachoma elimination in remote
           aboriginal communities
    • Abstract: Baunach, Emma; Lines, David; Pedwel, Brian; Lange, Fiona; Cooney, Rebeca; Taylor, Hugh R
      Blinding Trachoma is still present in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. A barrier to eliminating this disease was found to be the varying degree of quality and cultural appropriateness of the current trachoma health promotion resources. To help overcome this barrier, a partnership was formed between Katherine West Health Board, the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Disease Control, Department of Health Northern Territory. The Trachoma Story Kits were developed after extensive consultation with the Ngumpin Reference Group at Katherine West Health Board who were able to guide the development of culturally appropriate health promotion resources relevant for their community context and understandable to their own people. Around 700 Trachoma Story Kits are used in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. Aboriginal Health Workers find the kits "help them (clients) to understand what trachoma is and how to stop it with clean faces, antibiotics, clean environment and surgery".

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  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - Reaching out to help - the first step in suicide
           prevention
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  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - Twinkle, twinkle, little star
    • Abstract: Medlin, Linda
      Growing up in Winton, Queensland, in the 1970s, as an Aboriginal kid, finishing year 12 was a rare commodity, completing a university degree was like visiting another planet. Expectations for young girls were to settle down, have kids and keep their man happy. This was my expectation too; I dreamed about having children - at the ripe old age of 11, I remember telling my mum, that I couldn't wait to have children. She was mortified. "Experience life!" she said. "There is a great big world out there, more opportunities than I was ever given!" I laughed. "But I'm not brainy". That beautiful lady looked at me and said "I was told that I was dumb, because I was black, so, I secretly read the dictionary every day, from the front cover to the back and I would read it over and over again. I knew I wasn't dumb, and neither are you. The world is your oyster; you can be whatever you want to be". I shrugged my shoulders and said 'I just want to be a mum'.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 2 - Pictorial
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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Conferences and coming events
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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Closing the gap on diabetes - a social determinants of
           health perspective
    • Abstract: Jack, Susan
      Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, while living in the same country geographically, exist in different territories in terms of their social environment. The task of reducing this broad disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians in comparison to non-Indigenous Australians has come to be known as 'Closing the Gap'. Common political usage began during the Howard government years to initially describe the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancy (Behrendt, 2011). This usage was inspired by Tom Calma, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. His Social Justice Report 2005 provided the impetus for what became the 'Close The Gap' campaign. Its aims were to "close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health gap through the implementation of a human rights based approach" (Close the Gap, 2011). The simplicity of the message of closing the 17-year gap in life expectancy assisted the campaign in drawing political and social attention to the plight of Indigenous Australians and quantified a life expectancy gap that was wider than that of other developed nations and their indigenous people, including Canada, New Zealand and the US A. The initial goals of the campaign were to achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity, including life expectancy, within a generation. "Our cherished goal is to achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity within a generation" (Calma, 2008). The human rights-based approach emphasised that health inequity is discriminatory and underlined the accountability of government in this. Government was to incorporate the use of goals and benchmarks to further support accountability (Calma, 2008).

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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Ethical research for indigenous people by indigenous
           researchers
    • Abstract: Toombs, Maree
      Research processes as well as research outcomes are increasingly a focus of consideration for those engaging in a broad range of Indigenous research in Australia. 'Research reform advocates have argued for a fundamental re-positioning of Indigenous peoples from that of research participants to that of active participation in all aspects of research activity' (Dunbar and Scrimgeour 2006, p. 179). This paper proposes a set of guiding principles that may assist in developing an effective relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants when conducting research. As we all should know by now, research about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has not always been ethical. There are many examples of intellectual property of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being exploited, with no beneficial outcomes for those providing the researchers with their knowledge.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Formative evaluation for an interactive multimedia
           health informatics CD-ROM for aboriginal health workers
    • Abstract: El Sayed, Faeka; Soar, Jeffrey; Wang, Zoe
      This research aims to create and evaluate a model for a culturally appropriate, interactive, multimedia and informative health program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers that aims to improve the capacity to independently control their learning within an attractive learning environment. The research also aims to provide recommendations for policy development and further research. This study involved four phases: program needs assessment, identification of the key factors that should be considered in developing the CD-ROM, model development, and formative evaluation for the model. A general needs assessment as a first step in program development highlighted the presence of continuing education gaps and indicated the need for a new means to deliver a sustainable, efficient and culturally acceptable program. Exploring the key factors for development of an interactive multimedia health informatics program leads to factors which could be categorised under four main categories: cultural factors, information technology availability and literacy, learning aspects, and interactive multimedia factors. The results and recommendations from stage one and two in the study were used as a guide in the third stage of the study, the development of an interactive multimedia health informatics CD-ROM. This paper discusses in details the fourth stage in the study, the formative evaluation for the developed CD-ROM.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Improving aboriginal Juvenile detainees' access to
           community health services
    • Abstract: Whitton, Nathan; Indig, Devon
      Background: This program was focused on improving health knowledge and access to community health services for Aboriginal juvenile detainees. - Methods: The Aboriginal Youth Health Access Workshop Program was developed in consultation with Aboriginal juvenile detainees. Six workshops were conducted from March 2010 to November 2011 at three Juvenile Justice Centres in New South Wales. Overall, 116 Aboriginal young men aged between 16 and 18 years participated. The majority (84%) of participants completed all sessions, which lasted 45 minutes each. A pre- and post-survey was conducted to evaluate the program outcomes. - Results: The major health concerns reported included smoking, violence, petrol sniffing, needles and stress. There was a large increase (from 49% to 97%) in participants reporting they had an understanding of Medicare and bulk billing and an increase (from 68% to 99%) in participants understanding what to expect when they attended a health service. Participants reported barriers to accessing health services including concerns about confidentiality, age differences and fear of confrontations. As a result of the program, 71 young men (70%) were able to apply for their Medicare Card prior to their release from custody. - Conclusions: The Aboriginal Youth Health Access Workshop Program is a successful example of a way to improve health knowledge and access to health services among this vulnerable population.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Got suga: Diabetes-specific workshop
    • Abstract: Adams, Mick; Kelso, Rose; Trute, Michele; Chalmers, Lucille; Dean, Ted
      Diabetes Queensland, as is Diabetes Australia Ltd, is committed to reducing the incidence of diabetes and acknowledges that improving the health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations is paramount to controlling the alarming increase in type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases (White 2009).

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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Aboriginal health workers at Winnunga Nimmityjah
           aboriginal health service caring for the needs of aboriginal people in the
           new act prison and the needs of their families
    • Abstract: Poroch, Nerelle; Tongs, Julie; Longford, Eddie; Keed, Steven
      An article about a National Health and Medical Research Council (NH MRC) grant awarded in December 2008 over five years to develop research capacity in Indigenous offender health research appeared in the May/June 2009 Issue of the Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal (Grace 2009). The title of the grant is: From Broome to Berrima: Building Australia-wide Research Capacity in Indigenous Offender Health and Health Care Delivery. During 2011 Winnunga Nimmitijah Aboriginal Health Service in the ACT carried out research under the grant provisions, to gauge the needs of the Aboriginal people in the ACT Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and the needs of their families. The resultant Report (Poroch et al. 2011) entitled We're Struggling in Here! produced similar findings to the two ACT Government commissioned reviews into the operations of the AMC. They are the Keith Hamburger Report (Knowledge Consulting 2011) and the Burnet Institute Report (Stroove and Kirwan 2010). In addition, the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AMC Working Group (Working Group 2010) undertook similar research in 2010. The ACT Government (ACTG 2011a and b) has considered the recommendations contained in these reports and following its Phase 2 AMC Study Winnunga commenced implementation of its holistic prison health care service delivery model in the AMC.

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  • Volume 36 Issue 1 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Malera Bandjalan, Kathy
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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Gomeroi Gaaynggal - moving forward
    • Abstract: Rae, Kym; Weatherall, Loretta; Naden, Megan; Slater, Pearl; Smith, Roger
      The Gomeroi gaaynggal program began in 2009, with a small team, small budget and high expectations. This program works in partnership with Aboriginal women in their pregnancy and after delivery to improve health outcomes, and the understanding of issues that impact on their health and the future health of their children. Gomeroi gaaynggal is both a community-focused ArtsHealth program working with mums, babies, aunties and Elders; and a science research study with mums to determine causes of premature and low birthweight delivery and early diagnosis of kidney disease in the unborn baby.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Talkin' up our doctoral research
    • Abstract: Fredericks, Bronwyn; Adams, Mick; Walker, Melissa; Peacock, Christine; Duthie, Debbie; Best, Odette; Mills, Kyly
      For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, undertaking the PhD journey brings with it specific challenges in how best to use the knowledge gained to make changes that will actively benefit Indigenous peoples and communities. Even within the health sector implementing research outcomes can sometimes be problematic. The Maori and Indigenous D octoral (MAI) Conference hosted by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi (Indigenous U niversity), Whakatane, New Zealand, addressed this by considering the contribution of Indigenous doctoral research to advancements of Maori. As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in Doctoral studies, this conference was equally relevant to us.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Development of an interactive multimedia health
           informatics CD-ROM for aboriginal health workers. Case study: Tuberculosis
           (TB)
    • Abstract: El Sayed, Faeka; Soar, Jeffrey; Wang, Zoe
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers are key providers of primary health services to Aboriginal communities, especially in remote and rural areas. Their roles often involve them being overloaded with competing demands. Despite all of this there has been limited attention given to the maintenance and ongoing enhancement of their skills and knowledge following the completion of formal training. A culturally appropriate interactive multimedia self-paced health program as a mechanism to improve the accessibility and the use of scientific data and information for health purposes was proposed as a basic method for better supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care workers in their practice locations. This study involved four phases: program needs assessment, identification of the key factors that should be considered in developing the CD-Rom, model development, and formative evaluation for the model. This paper is a case description for the third phase of the study: the development of a culturally appropriate interactive multimedia health informatics CD-Rom for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Welcome to promote life NT
    • Abstract: Hanssens, Leonore
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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Indigenous Consumers, Financial Stress and Emotional
           Wellbeing
    • Abstract: Loban, Heron
      Much has been written about the links between poverty and physical health as recognised by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2008) in Close the Gap. Much less has been written about the links between financial (or economic) status and mental health. This paper seeks to bring together some of the literature available on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and emotional wellbeing with a particular focus on the impact of financial stress caused by consumer issues. In 2010 a report published on the law relating to unconscionable conduct and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers (Loban, 2010) found an important legal issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was the lack of legal protection from the unfair practices of businesses. This paper will show that whilst consumer protection is primarily a legal problem there is a vital role for health professionals to play in relation to the emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffering financial stress as a result of rogue traders.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Challenges for an indigenous researcher working with
           young people in Alice Springs
    • Abstract: Fitz, Joseph
      This paper will explore my role as an Indigenous researcher on a project which aims to identify the factors affecting the sexual health and relationship choices of young Indigenous people in Alice Springs. From experience as a researcher, I have found that it is often assumed that because I am Indigenous that I will have automatic entry into the lives of other Indigenous people. My cultural liaison skills are an asset, but significant challenges remain, especially when working with young people, who are a notoriously difficult group to reach (Best, 2007). Compounding this difficulty is the issue of talking about sexual health, especially in an environment where these issues have been repeatedly sensationalised by the media.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Exploring severe mental illness (psychosis) in far
           north Queensland
    • Abstract: Onnis, Leigh-Anne; Hunter, Ernest; Nelson, Jeff; Gynther, Bruce; Anderson, Carrick
      Mental illness contributes to the high burden of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Vos et al., 2009; Swan and Raphael, 1995). Findings from a recent study by the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service (RRAMHS) who provide outreach ser vices to the communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait regions of Far North Queensland suggest that there may be a need to learn more about severe mental illness 1 in this region. The Cape York and Torres Strait region of Far North Queensland covers 7.5% of the total area of Queensland, with approximately 0.5% of the state's population residing in the region (OE SR, 2010) RR AMHS provide regular specialist psychiatric outreach services to this remote population of whom approximately 20,000 are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. The two regional psychiatrists, who together have roughly thirty years experience working in the region, suspected that particular types of mental illnesses were increasing in members of the Indigenous populations.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Malera Bandjalan, Kathy
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  • Volume 35 Issue 6 - Planting a seed and watching it blossom - koori
           community kitchen making a difference
    • Abstract: Malie, Sophie; Robertson, Lyndey
      The Koori Community Kitchen project was set up to reduce the factors associated with food insecurity amongst Aboriginal families in Airds, NSW. A partnership between Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation (TAC), an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Airds, South West Sydney and the Health Promotion Service, South Western Sydney and Sydney Local Health D istrict, NSW Health identified the issue and worked together with the community on this project. This article discusses the model used to engage the local community and implement the program and shares the experiences of the participants.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Conferences and coming events
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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Evaluation of a dog health program in an aboriginal
           community in Northern NSW
    • Abstract: Carol, Therese; Khan, Afzal; Bell, Greg; Standen, Jeff
      Dog health programs are conducted within Aboriginal communities to: improve the health and welfare of dogs, control dog populations and improve human health. The potential transmission of zoonoses and injury or death from dog bites are of public health concern.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - New dementia resource for remote Indigenous carers
    • Abstract:
      A new resource that provides activity ideas for carers of Indigenous people with dementia has been launched in the remote community of Wugularr, 120km southeast of Katherine.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study-Wave 3: Selected
           results: The good news and the bad news
    • Abstract: Sayers, Susan; Davison, Belinda; Fitz, Joseph; Singh, Gurmeet
      The well-established Aboriginal Birth Cohort based in the Northern Territory, is one of the oldest and largest Indigenous birth cohorts in the world. This prospective life course study provides a unique opportunity to examine the impact of birth outcomes on health and the development of chronic disease in the Aboriginal population.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Racism in contemporary Australian nursing
    • Abstract: Trueman, Scott WT; Mills, Jane; Usher, Kim
      I refer to the article, "A Little Story About Racism in Nursing" by Robyn Coulthard in the January edition of this Journal (Volume 43, No 1). If the subject matter were not so serious it would be an amusing and illustrative anecdote to retell student nurses. It confirms that racism within nursing continues to exist and does not rely on being either conscious or deliberate - rather, racism comes in various forms. Prejudice certainly still exists within nursing in Australia and, with a couple of notable exceptions by Indigenous academics such as Edwards and Sherwood (2006), has been a 'sleeper' issue, which the profession has largely ignored or denied exists. Racism is a taboo and ineffable topic.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Autism spectrum disorder in Australian Indigenous
           families: Issues of diagnosis, support and funding
    • Abstract: Wilson, Kate; Watson, Lyell
      This article will deal with four main areas that are related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Firstly we will examine what an ASD is and consider some of the relevant literature to date. A brief outline of the data currently available for both Aboriginal communities and other Indigenous communities will also be given. Following from this we will discuss some of the cultural aspects and implications for families, communities and health workers. Finally we will outline some of the programs and funding aspects that Aboriginal community organisations and families may have access to, post diagnosis. This paper aims to raise awareness of the lack of reliable data in the area, pose questions pertinent to future research and encourage service providers and individuals supporting Aboriginal families with children with an ASD to pursue diagnosis and subsequently access to programs and services to enhance care-giving and improve developmental outcomes for individuals living with an ASD.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Review supports aboriginal community control
    • Abstract: Graham, Chris
      Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) says, "The Federal Government report released by Channel 7, under Freedom of Information, supports what we have been saying for years; that Aboriginal people need to be intimately involved in the design and delivery of programs to ensure they are effective".

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - The elephant in the room: Self-determination
    • Abstract: Graham, Chris
      The following article sheds some light on why the four governments that initially opposed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, continue to have such appalling records regarding the socio-economic status of Indigenous peoples.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - SARRAH postgraduate scholarship - Nursing and Allied
           Health Scholarship Support Scheme (NAHSSS)
    • Abstract:
      SARRAH stands for Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals. We are a "grassroots" organisation. Our vision is to advocate for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) who live and work in rural and remote areas of Australia to confidently and competently carry out their professional duties in providing a variety of health services. As well as this, SARRAH are the Administrators of Allied Health streams of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme (NAHSSS). Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, this Scheme provides financial assistance to qualified AHPs across Australia (but mainly in rural and remote regions) to undertake postgraduate training and education.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - The Koori Kook Up at Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre
    • Abstract: Porter, Stuart; Donovan, Sandra; Henry, Michele; Venables, Shane; Cottom, Amy
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health status is substantially worse than that of the general Australian population. Aboriginal people have a shorter life expectancy than the population as a whole and are more likely to die from injury, poisoning, digestive system diseases, and diabetes.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Supporting your Aboriginal colleagues
    • Abstract: Howard, Damien
      One of the most significant contributors to work-related stress described by Aboriginal Health Workers in this study is the need to work with non-Aboriginal staff whose expectations and behaviour are grounded in a different culture and different health settings.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Development of an online yarning place for Indigenous
           health workers
    • Abstract: Weston, Alison
      Alison Weston was a Research Officer with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet from August 2008 to July 2011. She was a descendent of the Meriam Mer people of the Torres Strait on her mother's side, with Scottish heritage through her father. She was passionate about developing the Australian Indigenous Health Worker section and yarning place on the HealthInfoNet website which she looked after from the start. She worked part time while completing a Masters of Public Health at the Institute of Koori Education at Deakin University and was also a member of Edith Cowan University's Indigenous Consultative Committee. Evident in her work over her 20-year career, was her passion, dedication and commitment to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous people. After a courageous battle with cancer, Alison passed away peacefully in July 2011. She will be remembered as a friend and colleague with a spirited nature, warm personality and passion for life. In honour of Alison, we re-publish this article from Volume 35, Number 2 of the Journal.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 5 - Rodney's Journey
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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Conferences and Coming Events
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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Have You Produced Any New Resources'
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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - New Oral Health Resources for 'Deadly Teeth'
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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Playing Number Games with Indigenous Australians'
           Health
    • Abstract: Paul, David
      The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its latest report on how much money the Commonwealth and State governments spend on the health of Indigenous Australians. Despite being packaged as good news, there are fundamental problems with the messages contained in the report. Aptly titled Expenditure on Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 2008-09, the report estimates that average health expenditure per person was $6,787 for Indigenous Australians in 2008-09, compared with $4,876 for each non-Indigenous Australian.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Development of a Resilience Training Package
    • Abstract: Toombs, Maree
      Earlier this year I completed my PhD in health. This research was based on the wellbeing of Indigenous students at university. As part of the recommendations and reciprocity that goes with Indigenous research, I wanted to give something back to the students who gave their time to be interviewed. Recommendations of this research included the development of a resilience training package. This training package could be utilised in universities and, potentially, in high schools as well. The one common theme that continued to emerge within this research was that students saw themselves as resilient and, as such, attributed this to their success. Following, is an overview of what resilience looks like and how training may potentially increase productivity and success even when things are not always easy within the family or community that an individual comes from.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Mental Health and Indigenous University Students
    • Abstract: Toombs, Maree; Gorman, Don
      In essence, the concept of mental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is very broad. The capacity to achieve good mental wellbeing rests largely with the individual's relationship with family and community and connection to land, as well as spiritual and physical wellness (Australia. Department of Health and Ageing 2004). Recent research into the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal students from eight universities, revealed a large number of them had a diagnosed mental health issue. This paper with explore the students' mental health issues and their relationship to the university experience.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Broken Glass as an Injury Hazard in an Indigenous
           Community
    • Abstract: Henshaw, Richard; Eley, Robert; Gorman, Don
      Reduction of glass-sourced injury is one target of an injury prevention and safety promotion project in an Indigenous community in Queensland. The research into broken glass litter had three principal objectives of determining the extent of the problem, devising workable strategies within the local context and assessing the outcome and impact following implementation of those strategies. Surveys, individual interviews, Photovoice , observations and injury data collection forms were utilised to determine the extent of the problem and gather perceptions from the community. Data collected supported the community's view that broken glass was an abundant source of litter, with the majority of respondents also stating they had been injured by broken glass. Strategies to improve the amounts of broken glass litter were centred upon what caused people to litter in the first place. Working collaboratively with the Aboriginal Shire Council and Community Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Project group, a waste management plan was developed which increased the number of waste facilities, aired a public awareness campaign including anti-litter posters, and developed plans for a recycling plant.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - 'Let's Tackle Tobacco Together' the Inaugural A-TRAC
           Symposium
    • Abstract:
      Close to seventy health professionals gathered in Sydney on 22-23 June 2011 for the inaugural Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council Tobacco Resistance and Control (A-TRAC) Symposium: 'Let's Tackle Tobacco Together'. The symposium highlighted achievements in tobacco resistance and control from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services around NSW and from other key stakeholders working in tobacco control.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Collaborating to Make Aboriginal and Torres Strait
           Islander Young People's Sexual and Reproductive Health 'Everybody's
           Business'
    • Abstract: Stewart, Joane; Walsh, Anthony
      Over the last seven years, Family Planning Queensland has been discovering just how important and powerful collaboration is in improving the sexual and reproductive health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people living on the Sunshine Coast.

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  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Cultural Matter in the Development of an Interactive
           Multimedia Self-Paced Educational Health Program for Aboriginal Health
           Workers
    • Abstract: El Sayed, Faeka; Soar, Jeffrey; Wang, Zoe
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers are key providers of primary health services to Aboriginal communities especially in remote and rural areas. They are often overloaded with competing demands. There has been limited attention given to the maintenance and ongoing enhancement of their skills and knowledge following the completion of formal training. A culturally appropriate interactive multimedia self-paced health program as a mechanism to improve the accessibility and the use of scientific data and information for health purposes is proposed as a basic method for better supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care workers in their practice locations. This paper explores different approaches for the development of a culturally appropriate interactive multimedia educational health program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and it also explores cultural matters concerning program development in the light of existing literature.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Indigenous Mind: A Framework for Culturally Safe
           Indigenous Health Research and Practice
    • Abstract: Reid, John Binda; Taylor, Kerry
      After years of research being dominated by Western scientific models and ways of knowing, Indigenous knowledge production and translation is gaining increasing attention and recognition. As a consequence this has led to the development of Collaborative Centres of Indigenous Health Research such as the Lowitja Institute in Australia. It is believed that a sharing of knowledge between Indigenous and non-Inidgenous people will lead to a collborative, culturally appropriate approach to research that can achieve postive benefits to 'close the gap' in Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health disparities.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 4 - Editorial
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Conferences and Coming Events
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Skills and Training for a Career: A GenerationOne
           Discussion Paper
    • Abstract:
      Communities and employers around the nation have advocated for changes to training and work-readiness systems for Indigenous jobseekers. Many employers want to expand their Indigenous workforce and many Indigenous people want to work. However, employers are having difficulty connecting with Indigenous jobseekers who are work and job ready, while some Indigenous jobseekers lack the basic skills and relevant training to take up the opportunities that are available.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Social Determinants and the Health of Indigenous
           Australians
    • Abstract: Marmot, Michael
      Inequalities in health arise from inequalities in society. Small differences in society result in small health inequalities; large differences result in large health inequalities. Differences in access to health care matter, as do differences in lifestyle, but the key determinants of social inequalities in health lie in the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These, in turn, arise from differential access to power and resources. Such was the conclusion of the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). The CSDH had an optimistic tone. Reviewing evidence from around the world, and reaching judgements on what works, it concluded that it is indeed possible to make great progress in closing health gaps - in a generation.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Persistence Pays off - Healthy Lives More than Just a
           Dream to La Perouse!
    • Abstract: Merrison, Lisa
      More than two years ago, a passionate community member saw a need to address the lack of information and awareness of breast cancer among the women of La Perouse Aboriginal community. Thanks to the commitment and collaborative efforts of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations, the BreastScreen NSW mobile unit was located in the La Perouse community from 16-27 May offering screening for up to 300 local women.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Cape York Cannabis Project Artwork Posters
    • Abstract:
      This set of posters was created as part of the Cape York Cannabis Project and the Weed It Out initiative, produced by the Queensland Police Service and James Cook University. The four posters offer an Indigenous perspective on the impact of cannabis use in their communities and on their culture.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Identity and This Skin Colour Business: A University
           Student's Perspective
    • Abstract: Toombs, Maree
      Whilst conducting research into the effects that wellbeing has on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal students while at university, a number of major themes emerged that were worthy of much further research than I could carry out at the time. Each one of these themes was as complex as the next and gave a picture of what a student's university experience was like. One such theme which deserves particular attention is that of identity. The notion of identity and skin colour were constantly discussed within interviews and featured as one of the major barriers to wellbeing and that of a good university experience. Conversations with participants centred on their own identity or lack of, and that of finding acceptance and a sense of belonging within the context of a university environment.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Thirty Years On: Why We Need a Cure for HIV Now More
           than Ever Before
    • Abstract: Katabira, Elly
      Thirty years ago this month, health agencies in the US began monitoring unusual clusters of diseases that would later be identified as the first cases of AIDS. A year later, a young medical officer working at a Health Center documented and reported to the Ministry of Health the first cases of AIDS in Uganda found on the shores of Lake Victoria in the Rakai district.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - The National Summit on Tobacco Smoking in Prison:
           Australian National University, Canberra, August 2010 - an Aboriginal
           Perspective
    • Abstract: Doyle, Michael; Butler, Tony; Stevens, Clare
      With an alarming 85% of prisoners being tobacco smokers, it was timely that the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, supported by the Public Health Association of Australia and funded though the Department of Health and Ageing, organised a National Summit on Tobacco Smoking in Prison in August 2010 (Summit). The Summit engaged a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including Dr Tom Calma and the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control as well as other organisations working with tobacco control issues with prisoners. It was my role to help organise the Summit by assisting Clare Stevens the Project Officer.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Working Up a Smoking Policy
    • Abstract: Fredericks, Bronwyn; Finlay, Summer May; Briggs, Lyn; Adams, Karen; Fletcher, Gillian; Andy, Simone; Briggs, Lisa; Hall, Robert
      Smoking in Aboriginal communities is a major issue, with about 50% of Aboriginal people being smokers. The effects of smoking in and across communities is huge, with smoking causing 20% of preventable deaths and being responsible for 12.1% of the burden of disease. Smoking doesn't just impact on Aboriginal people's health. It also adds financial stress to Aboriginal people's lives through directing money to tobacco companies and away from Aboriginal individuals and families. In addition, smoking significantly impacts on the strength of communities and the transfer of cultural heritage to future generations because scores of people die from smoking-related disease before they have passed on their knowledge, skills and experiences to the next generation. For these reasons and others, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) recognised that it needed take a lead on the issue of tobacco.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Joint Intervention Delivered to the United Nations
           Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
    • Abstract: Delaney-Thiele, Dea
      No government tells the truth all the time, and the State of Australia is no exception. The life expectancy disparity between Aboriginal Peoples and other Australians is an issue that has resulted in much international criticism of Australia. Until about 2005, Australia was reasonably honest about Aboriginal mortality estimates, which showed that the data was unreliable for most jurisdictions except the Northern Territory and that Aboriginal life expectancy was about 17-20 years less than that of non-Aboriginal Australians.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Australian Indigenous Cancer Survivors Forum
    • Abstract: Kanagasabapathy, Malathi; Jacka, Catherine
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a tendency to think of cancer as a death sentence. With cancer being recognised in the community more frequently and many survivors coming forward to say 'I've survived and you can too', it was time to provide an event to support Indigenous cancer survivors.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 3 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Malera Bandjalan, Kathy
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Conferences and Coming Events
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Too Much Loud Noise Stories
    • Abstract: Howard, Damien; Wunungmurra, Alison; Fasoli, Lyn
      Indigenous people are found to be often exposed to too much noise, hence leading to hearing loss in them. The article presents various depictive posters and stories that can help people in preventing hearing loss because of loud noise.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Summary of Data from the 'Bloodborne Viral and
           Sexually Transmitted Infection in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
           People: Surveillance and Evaluation Report, 2010'
    • Abstract: Ward, James; Graham, Simon
      Snippets from the latest release of the 'Bloodborne viral and sexually transmitted infection in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people: Surveillance and Evaluation Report' produced and published by the Kirby Institute, formerly National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research: - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be over-represented in sexually transmitted infection and bloodborne virus notification. - Chlamydia and gonorrhoea continue to be reported at disproportionately high rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. - Good news continues in the elimination of donovanosis with one notification reported in Australia during 2009. - Infectious syphilis has declined substantially in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in 2009 and it may be possible to consider the elimination of infectious syphilis from remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. - Similar rates of HIV diagnoses were reported in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and non-Indigenous Australians in 2009. However there were substantial differences in the exposure category for HIV infection between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Australian born non- Indigenous people. - Hepatitis B and C are reported at higher rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities than non-Indigenous people.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Kat Kat: a Cooking TV Show for the Urban
           Hunter-Gatherer
    • Abstract: Adams, Karen; Liebzeit, Anna; Thorpe, Sharon; Browne, Jennifer; Ryschka, Jodie; Burns, Cate
      Kat Kat is a new cooking TV show, which has specially been designed for the urban hunter-gatherers, where in they share their special food experiences. The concept, episodes and the content of the show are all discussed in the article.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Role of Discharge Planning in Avoiding
           Rehospitalisation in an Aboriginal Man Following Head and Neck Surgery: A
           Case Report
    • Abstract: Clement, Zackariah
      Discharging patients following head and neck surgery is a complex and challenging process. Aboriginal patients have a higher rate of rehospitalisation. Premature discharge or discharge to an environment that is not capable of meeting the patient's bio-psycho-social needs may result in rehospitalisation. Discharge planning should involve all members of the multidisciplinary team and patient/family caregivers to develop a patient-centered plan. Successful discharge transitions include adequate patient education and instruction, performing an accurate reconciliation of medications, establishing timely follow-up, and developing an appropriately detailed discharge summary that is communicated to the General Practitioners (GP) and specialists in a timely fashion. Preventing avoidable rehospitalisations has the potential to profoundly improve both the quality-of-life for patients and the financial wellbeing of the healthcare systems.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - 'Let's Yarn about This' a New Range of Leaflets on
           Bladder and Bowel Control Problems
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Understanding Dementia Amongst Indigenous Australians
    • Abstract: Garvey, Gail; Simmonds, Donna; Clements, Vanessa; O'Rourke, Peter; Whop, Lisa; Sullivan, Karen; Gorman, Don; Curnow, Venessa; Wise, Susi; Beattie, Elizabeth
      A growing health and social concern for all Australians, dementia previously was thought not to affect Indigenous Australians due to a shortened life expectancy. 'The word dementia has no meaning' in Indigenous terms and has reportedly been referred to as being a 'whitefella sickness' and a 'sick spirit'. However, as the life expectancy of Indigenous people increases and they grow older, Indigenous Australians will encounter causes of death and disability not unlike their non-Indigenous counterparts, including increased presentation of dementia (Arabena 2007).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - A Good Way of Doing Business! Working Together to
           Achieve Improved Outcomes for Aboriginal People in NSW Cancer Services
    • Abstract: Simpson, Lee; Zubrzycki, Joanna; Reid, Isabel; Jones, Victoria
      Improving access to cancer services for Aboriginal people in the Greater Southern Area Health Services of NSW (GSAHS) is a central focus of the Aboriginal Health and Cancer Service's Working Together project. This twelve-month project, funded by the Cancer Institute NSW, begins to redress the current failure of local rural and regional health services to provide and develop accessible, culturally appropriate and secure health services for Aboriginal people with cancer. Central to the project are the development of collaborative relationships and partnerships between Aboriginal health workers and services and non-Aboriginal health professionals and cancer service networks that are internal and external to the Area Health Service. This article identifies the processes and strategies used to establish these collaborative relationships and begins with a brief description of the geographical and cultural context of the GSAHS region. In this paper, the term Aboriginal will be predominantly used as Aboriginal people are the traditional custodians of the land within GSAHS. We also acknowledge that there are a small number of Torres Strait Islander people living in the region.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Indigenous Cancer Survivors Forum
    • Abstract:
      Indigenous Cancer Survivors Forum is the second Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conference, to be held in Sydney. The forum is expected to bring together researchers, physicians and cancer survivors to discuss their experiences and information.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Development of an Online Yarning Place for Indigenous
           Health Workers
    • Abstract: Weston, Alison
      The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. In this way, the HealthInfoNet aims to contribute to 'closing the gap' in health between Indigenous and other Australians.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management: Clinical and Cost
           Effectiveness of Vacuum Assisted Closure Therapy
    • Abstract: Clement, Zackariah
      Diabetic foot ulcers are a major source of morbidity and mortality among the Indigenous population. It is responsible for significant direct and indirect heath care costs in both the hospital and outpatient setting. Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) therapy has shown to promote faster wound healing and patient comfort. But its use is limited in the community due to the apparent higher cost of equipment and dressing materials when compared to conventional wound dressings. This systematic review found that when compared to conventional wound dressings, patients treated with VAC dressings showed a significantly faster rate of wound healing and closure, fewer dressing changes and nursing interventions, and therefore lower overall cost. Health workers, nurses and doctors in the rural and remote Indigenous communities must be trained in VAC therapy so we can implement this simple, and cost effective, yet culturally appropriate and clinically effective solution to this serious problem.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - It Is Time to Open Both Eyes
    • Abstract: Cheong, Timothy Z
      Objective: The discrepancy between Indigenous and non- Indigenous health continues to be a key public health issue faced by Australia's health care system despite ongoing policy level interventions. Approach: The magnitude and scope of the shortfall in Indigenous health attainment in Australia is reflected in many health indicators, including the current status of Indigenous ophthalmic health. This warrants the frank appraisal of the root causes for this persistent incongruity presented in this article. Conclusion: The lack of any significant improvement in the Australian Indigenous health gap to date may be partly due to underlying attitudes of indifference and nonchalance held by those who work within the health sector, perhaps unknowingly. Implications: Changing these attitudes amongst those who work in the Australian health care system must be made a priority if we are to achieve real gains in Australian Indigenous health.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - 63 Extra Health Workers for WA
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 2 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Bandjalan, Kathy Malera
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 1 - Conferences and Coming Events
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 1 - You Get Help and You Give Help: My Role as an
           Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Facilitator
    • Abstract: Brown, Cath
      Education, training and employment have been identified in the last decade as a key priority for improving Indigenous outcomes. A huge gap exists in the relationships between the social determinants of health and the health outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians. If we are to close the gap on these inequalities, and improve health and wellbeing, key strategies must include more Indigenous representation in social and emotional wellbeing training. As the second paper in a three-part series, this paper describes the opportunities and challenges associated with the process of gaining personal empowerment and training to better help Indigenous communities. After I took the difficult first step of deciding to commit to the pathway of education training and a better job, I trained as a Family Wellbeing (FWB) facilitator and I am now involved in passing on these skills to others. The Aboriginal-developed Family Wellbeing Program works toward improving self-esteem and confidence of participants. Taking control and responsibility of one's own health and wellbeing is a necessary precursor to taking responsibility in education and training. Additionally, control is a determinant for improved benefits, such as having more representation in education, training and employment for Indigenous people. This paper is based on reflections written during Family Wellbeing training and facilitation processes and draws upon data collected between 2007 and 2010. I used thematic analysis to code the reflections and evaluation feedback. I reviewed the resulting themes and created a mind map to see how the themes related to each other. This paper describes the cyclical process of my getting help and giving help to improve Indigenous education, training and wellbeing outcomes.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 1 - Modes of Colonisation and Patterns of Contemporary
           Mental Health: Towards an Understanding of Canadian Aboriginal, Australian
           Aboriginal and Maori Peoples
    • Abstract: Doyle, Kerrie
      Fourth World Peoples are those who have been aggressively colonised by more powerful cultures, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Even though there are differences between health disparities among these three countries, the roots of these statistics lie within the colonisation process, and even model of colonisation. The unrelenting hopelessness and weight of colonisation adds to the poor social determinants of health and high suicide rates. If the goal of nations which are signatory to the World Health Organisation is to 'Close the Gap', this issue needs to be considered.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
  • Volume 35 Issue 1 - 'Suicide (Echo) Clusters' - Are They Socially
           Determined, the Result of a Pre-existing Vulnerability in Indigenous
           Communities in the Northern Territory and How Can We Contain Cluster
           Suicides'
    • Abstract: Hansens, Leonore
      As the suicide phenomenon echoes across traditional Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Australia, it has appeared in a unique way, within clusters of attempted and completed suicide. The pattern of suicide clustering far exceeds the normal distribution of suicide across a population. Examination of the effects of imitation within clusters of suicide in Indigenous communities largely supports a contagion effect operating, and validates my original hypothesis. Suicide contagion and imitative suicide can result in suicide clusters and echo clusters, and are realised by the convergence of many factors and multiple determinants within traditional and non-traditional Indigenous communities. These factors and social determinants of suicide are explored to develop an understanding of the vulnerability of Indigenous people to suicide as a social contagion. While temporal and spatial clustering have been established in previous research, current evidence suggests that there is a social and geographic polarisation of suicide among Indigenous people living in the most deprived areas of the Northern Territory. Evidence is emerging that the suicide gap has widened between Indigenous and non-Indigenous suicide rates over the past three decades from 1981 to 2010 in direct correlation to the widening social and economic gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the Northern Territory. Suicide is more common in the Northern Territory than in the rest of Australia, particularly among Indigenous men who are mostly young, married, unemployed or on very low incomes, with negative social determinants making them vulnerable to suicide. These men cluster in a pre-existing group and the research suggests a link between Indigenous suicide and socio-economic disadvantage. The Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry, The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia 2010 has highlighted Indigenous people as a priority risk group and suicide clusters as a potential risk within Indigenous communities. It requires suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention responses to contain suicide clusters and to meet the unique risks of Indigenous people. Yet the answer also appears to lie outside the interventionist model and within the social determinants approach to Indigenous suicide. The 'Circles of Vulnerability Model' outlines the risks and determinants for cluster suicides; and the 'Indigenous Postvention Response, to Contain Suicide Clusters and Promote a Suicide Safe Community' is a model of response to intervene and prevent further suicides.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:06:11 GMT
       
 
 
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