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This page contains educational resources that are related to the topic of Indigenous health.

Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care

The Health Quality and Safety Commission (New Zealand) has just released some modules for health practitioners about implicit bias, as part of its Patient Safety Week. 

The learning and education videos below were developed for Wiki Haumaru Tūroro - Patient Safety Week 2019. 

WebsiteAccess the three modules, and one quiz here.

Intercultural competency online learning

This intercultural competency resource is designed for practitioners in Australia and New Zealand, to assist you in viewing cultural perspectives in workplace interactions – including your own and perspectives of patients, colleagues and team members.
Completion of this activity by ANZCA Fellows may accrue continuing professional development points under the knowledge and skills category.
Now available through Networks.

Informit Indigenous Collection

Informit Indigenous Collection provides access to emergent and ground-breaking research within the global community. 

Australian Indigenous Languages Database (AUSTLANG)

The Australian Indigenous Languages Database (AUSTLANG) system assembles information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from various sources. The core of AUSTLANG is the AUSTLANG database (online Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages database) which is linked to Google Maps. The system also facilitates access to other databases, PDF files and links to websites, which all provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. AUSTLANG enables users to search for a language by a language name or a place name, or by navigating Google Maps, and to view a variety of information on the language. AUSTLANG users can also launch a catalogue search of the AIATSIS collection catalogue, MURA.

Visit the website here.

Indigenous Health Publications

Perioperative Mortality in New Zealand: Fifth report of the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (the POMRC). Report to the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand (June 2016)

Download the report here

This report presents information on perioperative mortality in New Zealand during 2009–2013 for two new clinical areas: 30-day mortality following operations and procedures under general anaesthesia and day-of-the week mortality. As part of the POMRC’s continued surveillance of perioperative mortality over time, rates for a number of clinical areas and procedures included in previous reports are presented here for 2009–2014.

Highlight from the "Commentary and Recommendations from the Maori Caucus" p.51

"In this report, 30-day mortality following one or more general anaesthetics was significantly higher for Maori admitted both acutely and electively, compared with Europeans and after adjusting for socio-demographic and clinical variables (Tables 4 and 5)."


The NICHEportal was officially launched on the 23rd October 2015 at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Spring Street, Melbourne.

This video, which was shown on the night, was commissioned to celebrate the launch and to highlight some of the resources available through the portal.

The NICHEportal is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural learning portal for medical practitioners. It is an initiative of the Specialist Medical Colleges of Australia. It is a central information point for educational resources for doctors who care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and patients.

NICHEportal seeks to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care through easier access to learning activities, engagement with other professionals and the formation of networks and communities of practice.

Wiley Research: Indigenous Australia

"Wiley, along with many of its publishing partners, is proud to present this collection of recent papers on the theme of ‘Indigenous Australia’. As a leading publisher of Australian academic and scientific journals, including a large number of journals owned by Australian research and practitioner organisations, Wiley is in an excellent position to provide readers with exposure to ideas from across the Australian research landscape. The papers collected here are from a broad range of journals in the fields of medicine, allied health, social sciences and environmental sciences. While from diverse fields of study, the papers share an interest in improving the lives of Australian indigenous peoples.

Individual papers included in the collection will be freely available until 31 December 2016. Wiley would like to thank our publishing partners for their involvement in this initiative." -- From the Publisher

Please click here to browse the collection


Some highlights from the collection of articles include:

​Aramoana J, Alley P, Koea JB. Developing an Indigenous Surgical Workforce for Australasia. ANZ J Surg, 2013;83(12):912–917.

Attwood L, Rodrigues S, Winsor J, Warren S, Biviano L, Gunasekera H. Improving delivery of health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. J Paediatr Child Health. 2015;51(5):534–540.

Lin IB, O'Sullivan PB, Coffin JA, Mak DB, Toussaint S, Straker LM. 'I am absolutely shattered': the impact of chronic low back pain on Australian Aboriginal people. Eur J Pain. 2012;16(9):1331-41.

Sajiv C. Cultural considerations when providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) opting for conservative careNephrology. 2013;doi: 10.1111/nep.12080. [Epub ahead of print]

Indigenous teaching and learning cases

The teaching and learning cases have been developed for use in conjunction with the 2013 curriculum.
Four cases (7, 8a, 8b, 9) have been specifically developed to support case-based discussions involving indigenous Australian and Maori patients. 

The Lowitja Institute:

This search tool provides easy access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health literature on the PubMed database

You can choose to look at all literature or one of 27 search topics. You can refine each choice by entering keywords, filter options and published dates.

Click here to search

Learning Ground: Indigenous Research Centre, IERC

Learning Ground is your gateway to the latest national and international publications focusing on Indigenous education, which spans early childhood, post school education, adult learning, and encompasses areas such as cultural diversity, parent and community engagement, wellbeing, identity and oral language. 

With over 9 400 searchable books, articles, conference papers and reports on Indigenous education from publishers in Australia and overseas, Learning Ground is an ideal first stop for policy makers, educators and graduate students. Moreover, Learning Ground is an ideal place for scholars to disseminate their work to the national and international indigenous education community.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is the world's premier institution for information and research about the cultures, languages, and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australian Museum

The Australian Museum, a leading cultural attraction located in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Their mission is to make nature, indigenous cultures and science accessible and relevant. 

Underpinning the Australian Museum's research is an irreplaceable collection of international standing - more than 18 million objects representing a timeline of the environmental and cultural histories of the Australian and Pacific regions.

Access the Indigenous Australia Learning Resources section of their website here.