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Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Report Card

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Report Card Series with the aim of increasing awareness among the general public and politicians about the appalling state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and to make practical recommendations about what needs to be done to address this.

Each year, a Report Card brings together the most up to date and relevant evidence and information on a selected topic or special area of urgency in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health.

Link: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Report Card Series

AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Report 2012, Australian Capital Territory

This report provides the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are faring according to a range of indicators on health status, determinants or health and health system performance. Indicators are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. The report highlights the main areas of improvement and continuing concern. For example, death rates for avoidable causes and circulatory diseases have declined since 1997, but over half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers smoke during pregnancy and about one-quarter of Indigenous Australians aged 15 years and over live in overcrowded housing.

Download: AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2012 report, Australian Capital Territory (PDF File - 2906k)

beyondblue anti-discrimination campaign 'Stop. Think. Respect.'

beyondblue's new national campaign highlights the impact of racial discrimination on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Download: Background - Stop. Think. Respect. (PDF File - 1530k)
Stop. Think. Respect. 90s TVC (Mpeg 4 video file - 83166k)

NACCHO Healthy Futures 10 Point Plan 2013-2030

The NACCHO Healthy Futures 10-Point Plan is based on a robust body of work that includes the Close the Gap Statement of Intent and the Close the Gap Targets, both of which have the backing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous health bodies that are members of the Close the Gap Campaign.

Download: NACCHO Healthy Futures 10 point plan 2013-2030 (PDF File - 3657k)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2012 - 2023

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 (The Plan) emphasises the centrality of culture in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the rights of individuals to a safe, healthy and empowered life. The Plan was released in July 2013.

The Plan is Commonwealth only and excludes State and Territory jurisdictions.

Download: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2012-2023 (PDF File - 17196k)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013 encompass the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoplesí holistic view of mental health, physical, cultural and spiritual health. The Strategy was released in May 2013.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Advisory Group guide the development of the Strategy.

Download: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy, May 2013 (PDF File - 1125k)

National best practice guidelines for collecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in health data sets, AIHW 2010

The Best Practice Guidelines detailed in this publication were developed to improve the collection and recording of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in key national health data sets.

Download: National best practice guidelines for collecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status in health data sets, 2010 (PDF File - 469k)

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice, Second Edition 2014

The book examines issues across the life course, with a greater focus on children and young people; the significant impacts of mental health in the justice system; the cultural determinants of social and emotional wellbeing and intellectual and development disabilities; holistic models of care, interdisciplinary and inter-professional approaches; and working with carers.

Link: Working together - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice