Unless we design research programs to look at why people would rather stay on country than receive effective health treatments, Aboriginal health may not improve.
Like all good health care, improving health in remote settings requires an evidence base. But forcing all research questions into the randomised controlled trial model is not the answer.
Contrary to what some may believe, Indigenous Australians suffer musculoskeletal pain. They just seek less help.
Some 20% of Aboriginal Australians suffer long term musculoskeletal pain and to date it has received little attention or recognition.
Ms Dhu died on 4 August 2014 from staphylococcal septicaemia.
Ms Dhu's is not the first report into mistreatment of an Aboriginal person in custody or a medical setting, nor is it likely to be the last.
Policies and services designed to protect Aboriginal children’s cultural connections are not being properly implemented.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
New reports show a widespread lack of care for the cultural needs of many of the 19,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care.
The facilities were poor and some inmates were subjected to unsuccessful experimentation with a “vaccine” that used arsenic compounds.
Hospital Ward Dorre Island/State library of Western Australia
The lock hospitals inflicted incalculable traumas on Aboriginal people, wrenching them away from families and country.
In the SBS documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, Peter Garrett traces the history of his grandmother, who worked in the “lock hospitals” as a nurse.
Screenshot/Who Do You Think You Are/ SBS
Hundreds of Aboriginal people were incarcerated on Dorre and Bernier islands for "venereal disease" between 1908 and 1919. The lock hospitals were penal rather than therapeutic institutions.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, speaking on Q&A, August 29, 2016.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, told Q&A that $30 billion is spent every year on 500,000 Indigenous people in Australia. Is that right?
Of 1082 Indigenous specific.
programs identified in the report,
92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives.
A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.
Indigenous women who smoke are well aware of the risks for their babies and want to do something about it.
Almost half of pregnant Indigenous women smoke compared to one in eight in the non-Indigenous population. This means 7,000-9,000 Indigenous babies every year are exposed to smoking in the womb.
Birthing on country generally refers to an Aboriginal mother giving birth to her child on the lands of their ancestors.
Where birthing on country is not offered, women leave their families weeks before birth. Or she can choose to give birth in her community without skilled birth attendants, which is risky.
Aboriginal Victorians are nearly eight times more likely to be involved in a family violence incident than non-Indigenous Victorians.
Mainstream family violence services must also become culturally sensitive and responsive so they too can provide services to Indigenous community members.
Aboriginal groups need to play an active part in Aboriginal health to ensure we get it right.
How can primary health networks work closely with Aboriginal services to ensure health care is appropriate and culturally competent?
To improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition and health we need real community consultation, improved public governance and political will.
Gina Lyons, Irrunytju WA. Photo by Suzanne Bryce, NPY Women’s Council.
After years of neglect and a notable absence in last week's Closing the Gap report, nutrition is finally being recognised as integral to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
Early support could save lives and allow Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability to live with dignity in their communities.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are managed mostly by police, courts, prison and hospitals. It's costing us millions, when kinder and cheaper alternatives exist.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are ‘managed’ by police, courts and prisons due to a lack of appropriate community-based services.
Australia's high rates of imprisonment and re-imprisonment of Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities is not only shameful, it is entirely predictable and preventable.
Professor Pat Dudgeon and Tony Jones, speaking on Q&A, October 5, 2015.
Q&A presenter Tony Jones asked psychologist and research fellow Pat Dudgeon if Indigenous youth suicide rates across the top half of Australia are the highest in the world. We check the research evidence.
Syphilis outbreaks tend to occur in marginalised populations where there is a lack of affordable, appropriate and culturally acceptable health care.
The syphilis outbreak in Central Australia is not about child abuse. But it highlights the urgent need for investment in sexual health services for Aboriginal Australians living in remote areas.
The Northern Territory’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act is disproportionately applied to Aboriginal people.
In the Northern Territory, public drunkenness can force someone into an alcohol treatment centre for three months. The policy has no basis in evidence and discriminates against Aboriginal people.
Smoking is estimated to cause one in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths.
The daily smoking rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is falling, but at 42%, it's still 2.6 times that of other Australians.
Aboriginal people alleviate food insecurity by going crabbing or fishing on traditional lands.
Food is often the first thing to go when there is not enough money to pay the bills.