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Indigenous health: Websites

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contain cultural inaccuracies and misinterpretations, or words and descriptions which could be considered insensitive, outdated and/or offensive in today's context.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.

ABC Indigenous Portal

The ABC Indigenous portal brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories from around the ABC and around Australia.

Access the latest Indigenous stories and features from ABC Radio, News and Current Affairs, TV and iView.

AMA Indigenous health portal

The Australian Medical Association website provides policy documents, submissions and position statements relating to its advocacy work on Indigenous health.

Visit the website here

AMA Position Statement - Cultural Safety

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) – Cultural safety

AIDA is a not-for-profit professional association supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors. Much of AIDA’s work is aimed at promoting culturally safe learning environments for Indigenous students, doctors and service delivery to patients. AIDA runs an accredited cultural safety training program to assist medical practitioners to integrate cultural safety into their practices.

AIDA position statement: Cultural safety

AIDA policy papers

Project report:Growing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical specialists

AIDA's cultural safety training

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible.

Access HealthInfoNet here.

See also the Cultural Safety for Health Professionals portal.

The Cultural Safety for Health Professionals portal aims to support teaching health professionals to critically reflect on the concept of cultural safety and to deliver safe, accessible and responsive healthcare that is free from racism. Links are provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety resources, relating to the five capabilities of a refreshed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework.


Croakey Health Media was incorporated in 2018 as a not-for-profit public interest journalism organisation. Its membership comes from people involved in the Croakey Health Media social journalism team. Croakey has an extensive collection of Indigenous health articles.

Croakey Indigenous Health Articles

Centre for Cultural Competence Australia (CCCA)

CCCA is a majority Indigenous-owned consulting and cultural training organisation with an outcomes-based approach that delivers real and lasting change at a personal and professional level. CCCA is the provider of Australia's only online competence-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence Course.

Visit the website.

Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) of New Zealand

Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care, developed for Wiki Haumaru Tūroro | Patient Safety Week 2019.

Visit the modules here.

Indigenous Australians - Overview (AIHW)

The Australian Government: Australian Institute of Health and Welfarehas an overview page of their website with reports and statistics about Indigenous Australians, and the many aspects of the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians where significant improvements are continuing or emerging.

Visit the website here.

The significant gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians remain. This disadvantage, or the 'gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, starts from birth and continues throughout life. More reports and statistics on Indigenous Australians can be found under The health & welfare of Australia's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous health & welfare services.

Indigenous affairs: a quick guide to key internet links

A 2016 resource available on the Parliament of Australia website, by Jade Koekoe and James Haughton from the Social Policy Section, which provides links to:

  • a listing of Australian Government Indigenous affairs policies and programs the Council of Australian Government (COAG) key agreements under ‘Closing the Gap’
  • key documents on the proposed Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • other recent high-profile reports and publications on Indigenous issues
  • statistics and funding
  • a map of ‘Aboriginal Australia’
  • directories of Indigenous organisations and businesses
  • key organisations outside Government departments
  • state, territory and local government websites and
  • overseas websites.

Download the PDF here.

Koori Mail

The Koori Mail is a fortnightly national newspaper reporting on the issues that matter to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Visit the website here.

Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME)

The LIME Network is a dynamic network dedicated to ensuring the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of Indigenous health in medical education, as well as best practice in the recruitment and retention of Indigenous medical students and trainees.

Visit the website here.

Mauriora Health Education

The online Foundation Course in Cultural Competency was developed specifically for the registered New Zealand health workforce and provides a basic understanding of cultural competency & health literacy in the New Zealand Health context

Visit the website here

Medical Council of New Zealand

Cultural competence standards set out what the Council expects of doctors when it comes to treating patients in a culturally diverse population such as that of New Zealand.

Statement on cultural safety

He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO)

NACCHO is the national leadership body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia. It provides advice and guidance to the government on policy and budget matters while advocating for community-developed health solutions that contribute to the quality of life and improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Visit the website here

National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP)

The National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP) is the peak body for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners in Australia. It was established in 2009, following the Australian Government’s announcement of funding to strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce as part of its ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative.

Visit the website here.

National Indigenous Television (NITV)

National Indigenous Television (NITV) is an Australian free-to-air television channel that broadcasts programming produced largely by Indigenous Australians.

Visit the website here.

Pain Management Network - Our Mob: Resources for Aboriginal People

The Pain Management Network website contains information for pain sufferers to enable them to develop skills and knowledge in the self-management of their pain in partnership with their healthcare providers.

The website includes resources developed specifically for different groups includingHealth Professionals, Our Mob: Resources for Aboriginal People, Spinal Cord Injury Pain and For Everyone (with a general introduction to pain and pain relief strategies).

Visit the website here.

Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that promotes and facilitates reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Its vision is for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia. Its purpose is to inspire and enable all Australians to contribute to the reconciliation of the nation.

Visit the website here.

Remote Indigenous Gardens (RIG) Network

RIG Network is a national, cross-sectoral networking, research and outreach initiative. It links people, projects and resources to support better practice and undertake projects to help build better local food production initiatives that can deliver social, health and economic benefits to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Visit the website here.

Te Rau Ora

Te Rau Ora is a Ministry of Health part funded organisation that focuses on Maori mental health and wellbeing, research and workforce matters. Te Rau Ora produces resources and hosts events regularly.

Visit the website here

Suggest a website

If you would like to submit a website that you find useful for professional development (or simply interesting), and related to the area of Indigenous health, please use this form:

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