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      MJA's first issue for July has a focus on Indigenous health:
      Medical Journal of Australia


      Newsletter date: 17 July 2013

      Contents:

      * Medical Journal of Australia (MJA): Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013
      * Ruth Armstrong, MJA: A time and a place
      * Tammy M Kimpton, MJA: Partnership and leadership: key to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
      * Sandra J Eades and Fiona J Stanley, MJA: Improving the health of First Nations children in Australia
      * Melissa A Sweet, MJA: Social media: new links for Indigenous health
      * Sarah L Blunden and Danny Camfferman, MJA: Can sleep contribute to "closing the gap" for Indigenous children?
      * Kerry Arabena, MJA: Future initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

      * The Wire interview featuring Lynn Brodie: Revived Lowitja institute back from the brink [Indigenous Health Research]
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Culture should not be denied; change needs unfolding, not impost
      * NACCHO eye health news: Indigenous eye health put on Coalition's agenda
      * Alexia Atwood, The Conversation: High stress linked to poor health among Indigenous kids
      * Sunanda Creagh and Zoe Ferguson, The Conversation: Indigenous child health improves when fruit and veg are cheap: study
      * Tracker: Fruit improves health of indigenous kids


      * MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA (MJA):
      VOLUME 199, ISSUE 1 - 8 JULY, 2013



      - Journal Index

      Medical Journal of Australia (MJA):
      Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013

      https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/1
      "As the MJA’s first issue for July has a focus on
      Indigenous health, it will be published on 8 July to
      coincide with NAIDOC Week (7–14 July). The second issue
      will be published on 22 July."


      * RUTH ARMSTRONG, MJA:
      A TIME AND A PLACE



      - News

      Medical Journal of Australia (MJA): A time and a place
      Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013
      MJA: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/1/time-and-place
      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/07/15/naccho-mja-heath-news-naidoc-week-issue-devoted-to-exploring-the-health-status-of-australias-aboriginal-peoples/
      8 Jul 13: "This issue of the MJA, timed to coincide with
      NAIDOC Week, is devoted to exploring the health status of
      Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
      - particularly our children and young people. Children
      aged 0–14 years make up 35% of the Australian Indigenous
      population, write Eades and Stanley. Data on their health
      and development are patchy but indicate a growing divide
      between Indigenous and other Australian children for
      several risk factors and conditions. Azzopardi and
      colleagues add a systematic review of the evidence for
      young people aged 10-24 years into the mix, ... "
      Ruth Armstrong, Senior Deputy Editor,
      Medical Journal of Australia


      * TAMMY M KIMPTON, MJA:
      PARTNERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP:
      KEY TO IMPROVING HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AUSTRALIANS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Medical Journal of Australia (MJA):
      Partnership and leadership:
      key to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

      Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013
      https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/1/partnership-and-leadership-key-improving-health-outcomes-aboriginal-and-torres
      8 Jul 13: "The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
      urges all medical professionals to support and participate
      in the values it hopes will be embedded in future health
      policy. This year, we will see the development of a new
      National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan
      to guide governments in improving the health of Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Australians.1 Development of
      the Health Plan will be led by the Minister for Indigenous
      Health, with the support of a stakeholder advisory group
      to bring together the government and organisations with
      expertise in Indigenous health.2" Tammy M Kimpton


      * SANDRA J EADES AND FIONA J STANLEY, MJA:
      IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN IN AUSTRALIA



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Medical Journal of Australia (MJA):
      Improving the health of First Nations children in Australia

      Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013
      https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/1/improving-health-first-nations-children-australia
      8 Jul 13: "Regular monitoring and supportive federal and
      state public policy are critical to closing the gap in
      child health. Health and wellbeing of children and young
      people are the keys to human capability of future
      generations. Human capability includes the capacity to
      participate in economic, social and civil activities and
      be a valued contributor to society;1 it means that not
      only can you usefully live, work and vote, but you can be
      a good parent to your children. Thus there is no better
      investment that the state can make than to influence
      factors that will enhance the health and wellbeing of
      children and youth." Sandra J Eades and Fiona J Stanley


      * MELISSA A SWEET, MJA:
      SOCIAL MEDIA: NEW LINKS FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Medical Journal of Australia (MJA):
      Social media: new links for Indigenous health

      Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013
      https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/1/social-media-new-links-indigenous-health
      8 Jul 13: "Public health journalist Melissa Sweet
      highlights successes that have resulted from innovative use
      of social media ... In Australia, the Indigenous health
      sector has been at the forefront of innovative use of
      social media for advocacy, public health promotion and
      community development. Two striking examples are the
      Lowitja Institute’s nuanced explanation of knowledge
      exchange from Indigenous perspectives4 and the Healing
      Foundation’s engaging explanation of the impact of
      colonisation on Indigenous health.5" Melissa A Sweet


      * SARAH L BLUNDEN AND DANNY CAMFFERMAN, MJA:
      CAN SLEEP CONTRIBUTE TO "CLOSING THE GAP" FOR INDIGENOUS CHILDREN?



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Medical Journal of Australia (MJA):
      Can sleep contribute to "closing the gap" for Indigenous children?

      Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013
      https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/1/can-sleep-contribute-closing-gap-indigenous-children
      8 Jul 13: "Relatively simple interventions could make a
      significant difference. The wellbeing of Australian
      Indigenous children has long been an issue of concern and
      the subject of numerous national partnerships, action plans
      and government policies. ... We propose that poor sleep
      health may be a significant and, to date, poorly addressed
      factor that should be considered within the discourse
      around closing the gap in the health and wellbeing of
      Indigenous children and young people."
      Sarah L Blunden and Danny Camfferman


      * KERRY ARABENA, MJA:
      FUTURE INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING
      OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Medical Journal of Australia (MJA):
      Future initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

      Volume 199, Issue 1 - 8 July, 2013
      MJA: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2013/199/1/future-initiatives-improve-health-and-wellbeing-aboriginal-and-torres-strait
      NACCHO: http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/07/16/naccho-mja-health-news-future-initiatives-to-improve-the-health-and-wellbeing-of-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples/
      8 Jul 13: "Continuing to close the health gap will require
      innovation; long-term, systematic approaches that improve
      the quality and integrity of data; collaborations and
      partnerships that reflect an ecological approach to health,
      and recognition of the proper place and contribution of
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian
      society. At long last there are signs that the gaps between
      the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      and non-Indigenous people are closing - but systematic,
      long-term action needs to continue both within and outside
      the health system ... " Kerry Arabena


      * THE WIRE INTERVIEW FEATURING LYNN BRODIE:
      REVIVED LOWITJA INSTITUTE BACK FROM THE BRINK
      [
      INDIGENOUS HEALTH RESEARCH]


      - Audio Interview

      The Wire: Revived Lowitja institute back from the brink
      Produced by Joline Samawi
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10582
      16 Jul 13: "Australia’s only Aboriginal and Torres strait
      islander health research institute, the Lowitja institute
      are successful in securing funding to take them through to
      2019. They will now be receiving $25 million every year
      commencing July 2014 to help facilitate research into
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
      Featured in story: Lynn Brodie, CEO of The Lowitja institute"


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      CULTURE SHOULD NOT BE DENIED;
      CHANGE NEEDS UNFOLDING, NOT IMPOST



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Culture should not be denied; change needs unfolding, not impost

      http://thestringer.com.au/culture-should-not-be-denied-change-needs-unfolding-not-impost/
      15 Jul 13: "The widespread dependence on technology has
      created a greater divide among the haves and have-nots, and
      has particularly taken a toll on impoverished Aboriginal
      peoples. When there is no capacity to keep up, the
      downtrodden feel the sense of despair even more so. The
      fast-changing technological world is taking a toll on the
      well-being of many Aboriginal peoples, especially in the
      remote, and it affects their health, physical and mental.
      Western Australian anthropologist Jan Turner sees remote
      Aboriginal communities already devoid of services and
      facilities further isolated by the rapid advances in
      technology." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * NACCHO EYE HEALTH NEWS:
      INDIGENOUS EYE HEALTH PUT ON COALITION'S AGENDA



      - News

      NACCHO eye health news:
      Indigenous eye health put on Coalition's agenda

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/07/15/naccho-eye-health-news-indigenous-eye-health-put-on-coalitions-agenda/
      15 Jul 13: "CEOs from some of Australia’s leading eye
      health organisations urged the Coalition to close the gap
      for vision in Indigenous people at a Vision Summit in
      Brisbane which coincides with NAIDOC Week. More than 40
      leading eye health agencies attended the Vision Summit
      yesterday to meet with key members of the Coalition
      including Peter Dutton Shadow Minister for Health and
      Ageing and Andrew Laming Shadow Parliamentary Secretary
      for Regional Health Services and Indigenous Health."


      * ALEXIA ATWOOD, THE CONVERSATION:
      HIGH STRESS LINKED TO POOR HEALTH AMONG INDIGENOUS KIDS



      - News

      The Conversation:
      High stress linked to poor health among Indigenous kids

      http://theconversation.com/high-stress-linked-to-poor-health-among-indigenous-kids-15937
      15 Jul 13: "High stress among Indigenous children in urban
      areas is linked to poorer physical health and more parental
      concern about behavioural issues, a new study has found.
      Of 344 participating children, 51% had experienced at least
      one stressful event, according to the new research
      published in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of
      Australia. The authors analysed the results of annual child
      health checks given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander children who presented to an urban Indigenous
      primary health service in Brisbane between March 2007 to
      March 2010." Alexia Atwood, Editor, The Conversation


      * SUNANDA CREAGH AND ZOE FERGUSON, THE CONVERSATION:
      INDIGENOUS CHILD HEALTH IMPROVES WHEN FRUIT AND VEG ARE CHEAP: STUDY



      - News

      The Conversation:
      Indigenous child health improves when fruit and veg are cheap: study

      http://theconversation.com/indigenous-child-health-improves-when-fruit-and-veg-are-cheap-study-15934
      9 Jul 13: "Providing subsidised fruit and vegetable scheme
      to low-income Indigenous families in northern New South
      Wales improves children’s health and significantly reduces
      antibiotic use, a new study has found. The new findings,
      published in the Medical Journal of Australia, showed that
      eating fruit and vegetables improved the children’s levels
      of haemoglobin, reduced emergency department attendances
      and hospital visits for illness."
      Sunanda Creagh and Zoe Ferguson, Editors, The Conversation


      * TRACKER:
      FRUIT IMPROVES HEALTH OF INDIGENOUS KIDS



      - News

      newsTracker: Fruit improves health of indigenous kids
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/07/fruit-improves-health-of-indigenous-kids/
      9 Jul 13: "HEALTH: The health of indigenous children from
      low-income families improved significantly after a weekly
      subsidised fruit and vegetable program, new research shows.
      The children required less antibiotics and there was a
      small, but significant increase in their haemoglobin
      levels, according to the research, published in the Medical
      Journal of Australia. Study author Dr Andrew Black said a
      broader trial was needed to investigate whether it was
      feasible to have subsidised healthy food programs in
      Australia."

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