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Reference Material

The following pages contain information designed as a brief introduction to some of the health challenges facing Indigenous populations. The GGT UDRH thanks the following organisations and individuals for their help in preparation of this material: Winda-Mara Co-operative; Budja Budja Health Service; Kirrae Health Service and Kym Thomas, Spencer Gulf University Department of Rural Health.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Cultural Awareness Training

Definitions of Health and Key Points

Key Influences on Aboriginal Health

Mortality and Morbidity

Practical Considerations for Health Practitioners Working with Aboriginal Clients

Presentations of Ill Health in Aboriginal Populations

The following are links to other useful websites:-

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs as well as contact information for people working within the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - Comprehensive, up-to-date information accessible to people interested in the health of Indigenous Australians.   The HealthInfoNet aims to contribute to 'closing the gap' in health between Indigenous and other Australians.

Indigenous Australians (AIHW) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare statistics observatory.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) - National peak body on Aboriginal health, representing the interests of Aboriginal community controlled health services.

State Library of South Australia - List of Australian and South Australian websites which may be useful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.