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Indigenous health: Journals & articles

This guide has been designed for anaesthetists and specialist pain physicians interested in Indigenous health to locate relevant resources on this topic, including those available through the ANZCA library.

Material and resources regarding First Nations peoples and cultures has historically been created and recorded by non-Indigenous people and may not have had the input of First Nations peoples themselves. As a result, this material may contain cultural inaccuracies and misinterpretations, or words and descriptions which could be considered insensitive, outdated and/or offensive in today's context.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the resources within this guide may contain images, voices, or names of deceased persons.

Latest articles in Indigenous health

Last updated 25 June 2021

ArticlesSu B, Wu L. Occupants' health and their living conditions of remote Indigenous communities in New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020 Nov 11;17(22):8340. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17228340. 

ArticlesGurney J, Stanley J, Sarfati D. The inequity of morbidity: disparities in the prevalence of morbidity between ethnic groups in New Zealand. Journal of Comorbidity. 2020 Nov 10;10:2235042X20971168. doi: 10.1177/2235042X20971168. P

ArticlesGubhaju L, Williams R, Jones J, Hamer D, Shepherd C, McAullay D, Eades SJ, McNamara B. "Cultural security is an on-going journey…" Exploring views from staff members on the quality and cultural security of services for Aboriginal families in Western Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020 Nov 16;17(22):8480. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17228480. 

ArticlesCarlin E, Seear KH, Ferrari K, Spry E, Atkinson D, Marley JV. Risk and resilience: a mixed methods investigation of Aboriginal Australian women's perinatal mental health screening assessments. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2020 Nov 23. doi: 10.1007/s00127-020-01986-7. 

ArticlesThackrah RD, Wood J, Thompson SC. Cultural respect in midwifery service provision for Aboriginal women: longitudinal follow-up reveals the enduring legacy of targeted program initiatives. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2020 Nov 25;19(1):210. doi: 10.1186/s12939-020-01325-x. 

ArticlesUrbanoski K, Pauly B, Inglis D, Cameron F, Haddad T, Phillips J, Phillips P, Rosen C, Schlotter G, Hartney E, Wallace B. Defining culturally safe primary care for people who use substances: a participatory concept mapping study. BMC Health Services Research. 2020 Nov 23;20(1):1060. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05915-x.

ArticlesJúnior JG, Moreira MM, Pinheiro WR, de Amorim LM, Lima CKT, da Silva CGL, Neto MLR. The mental health of those whose rights have been taken away: an essay on the mental health of Indigenous peoples in the face of the 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. Psychiatry Reseatch. 2020 Jul;289:113094. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113094.

ArticlesLin CY, Loyola-Sanchez A, Boyling E, Barnabe C. Community engagement approaches for Indigenous health research: recommendations based on an integrative review. BMJ Open. 2020 Nov 27;10(11):e039736. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039736. 

ArticlesCamp P, Girt M, Wells A, Malas A, Peter M, Crosbie S, Holyk T. Virtual care for Indigenous populations in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand: protocol for a scoping review. JMIR Research Protocols. 2020 Dec 1;9(12):e21860. doi: 10.2196/21860. 

ArticlesTighe J, Shand F, McKay K, Mcalister TJ, Mackinnon A, Christensen H. Usage and acceptability of the iBobbly app: pilot trial for suicide prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. JMIR Mental Health. 2020 Dec 1;7(12):e14296. doi: 10.2196/14296. 

ArticlesVass A, Adams K. Educator perceptions on teaching Indigenous health: racism, privilege and self-reflexivity. Medical Education. 2020 Aug 9. doi: 10.1111/medu.14344.

ArticlesRashidi A, Higgs P, Carruthers S. Factors affecting hepatitis C treatment intentions among Aboriginal people in Western Australia: a mixed-methods study. Australian Health Review. 2020 Sep;44(5):755-762. doi: 10.1071/AH19194. 

ArticlesMartin P. Dialysis trial focusing on culture boosts health options for Indigenous patients. ABC News. Published 2020 Nov 26.

ArticlesMission Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander summary (Youth Survey Report 2020). [Internet]. Mission Australia; 2020. 

Titles of interest

Special equity in medicine issue: Academic Medicine

Special Indigenous health issue: The Health Advocate

Special Indigenous health issue: MJA

Special Indigenous health issue: MJA

Access July 2017 issue here.

This issue of MJA has a diverse collection of articles on a range of health issues facing Indigenous Australians.

The editorial concentrates on the need to tackle "the clinical, social, cultural, communication, and research determinants of health together."

Maori Health Review

ANZCA acknowledges the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises their unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present, and emerging.

ANZCA acknowledges and respects Māori as the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and is committed to upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, fostering the college’s relationship with Māori, supporting Māori fellows and trainees, and striving to improve the health of Māori.