Women and Children's Health

Networks

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance (NATSIWA) empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic policy advocacy process.

Link: NATSIWA

Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Link: SNAICC

Publications

A call for more just approach for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families

This paper examines the scope and nature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation and details strategies for how this can be more effectively addressed in Australia.

AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Safety

This paper presents key measures that were adapted from this national indicator framework to provide an overview of the safety and security of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Data on children who are hospitalised for injuries, are the subject of substantiated abuse, or under juvenile justice supervision are presented because these factors place Indigenous children at immediate and long-term risk of harm and adverse outcomes (AIHW 2009).

Birthing on Country Workshop Report, 4 July 2012

The Birthing on Country (BoC) workshop, held in Alice Springs on 4 July 2012, was the first national workshop of this kind in Australia. The workshop was a key deliverable identified in the National Maternity Services Plan under Action 2.2: Develop and expand culturally competent maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The objectives were to:

  • Obtain agreement regarding progressing Australia's commitment to BoC programs.
  • Establish jurisdictional steering groups to support the implementation of BoC programs in Australia.
  • Develop an implementation and evaluation framework for the BoC program, and
    Identify potential pilot sites for the BoC program to be trialed.

Breastscreen and You 50 - 74 years

The Program provides free screening and follow up services to ACT resident women from the age of 40 years. Phone BreastScreen ACT on 13 2050.

Growing our children up strong and deadly: healing for children and young people

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation paper outlines an understanding of intergenerational trauma, the emerging evidence of what works in addressing trauma and how this fits within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems.

Growing up our way 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Rearing' Practice Matrix

This matrix aims to document some traditional and contemporary child rearing pratices among a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. It is part of a larger Child and Rearing Stories project, which primarily aims to promote and preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices.

Footprints in Time - A Longitude Study of Indigenous Children Report from Wave 4

The study aims to improve the understanding of, and policy response to, the diverse circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities. This report is the fourth in a series of reports produced for each wave of the data collection. The report provides a selection of research findings from wave 4. The range of topics covered in this report showcases both the richness of the data and the potential for further research.

MJA Improving the health of First Nations children in Australia

Regular monitoring and supportive federal and state public policy are critical to closing the gap in child health

My Breast Cancer Journey: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

This booklet is designed to inform and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through the breast cancer journey.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Health Strategy

The Action Areas and Recommendations presented in this Strategy were raised and discussed by the women who contributed to the Australian Women's Health Network Talking Circle in 2009-2010.

Perinatal Mortality in the ACT 2006-2010, Epidemiology Section, Health Improvement Branch, ACT Health

Perinatal Mortality in the ACT 2006-2010 describes perinatal deaths in the ACT from 2006 to 2010. The information included is primarily sourced from the ACT Perinatal Deaths Data Collection and the ACT Maternal and Perinatal Data Collection. This report is the third in a series on perinatal mortality in the ACT and is the second report produced by the ACT Perinatal Mortality Committee (ACT PMC).

Study of breast cancer screening charateristics and breast cancer survival in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of Australia, Cancer Australia, May 2012

This study provides a national overview of breast cancer screening and survival in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of Australia. Cancer Australia (formerly National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre*) undertook this study in response to the clear evidence of disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples compared with other Australians, and the lack of high quality, national breast cancer data available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The data in this report, collected through state and territory BreastScreen programs and population-based cancer registries, identifies significant areas for future work to ultimately improve breast cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The value of data is its relevance to outcomes and its capacity to impact on change. This report will provide benchmarks for future monitoring, and will help to inform health policy,health promotion and health service planning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Substance use and other health-related behaviours among ACT Secondary Students, Epidemiology Section, Health Improvement Branch, ACT Health

Substance use and other health-related behaviours among ACT secondary students: Results of the 2011 ACT Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug Survey provides an overview of substance use and other health-related behaviours among ACT secondary students aged 12 to 17 years. The report contains comparisons with Australian data where available. This report is part of a time series spanning 1996 through to 2011.

The Report Card - The wellness of young Australians

This report card provides a set of baseline indicators for each KRA - indicators that are strongly guided by the realities of 'what wellbeing looks like' for children and youth. The indicators provide a point-in-time snapshot of child and youth wellbeing in Australia, including how Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people are faring.

Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations

Working and Walking Together: Supporting Family Relationship Services to Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Organisations has been developed to support non-Indigenous Family Relationship Services develop culturally appropriate professional practice and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. It provides ideas, information, tools, practical tips and encouragement to assist non- Indigenous organisations and their non-Indigenous staff to strengthen their relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations. The importance of respect and of taking a strengths-based approach are at the foundation of this resource.

Resources

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Health Portal

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Health Portal (Women's Health Portal) aims to provide the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health workforce and related workers with access to quality information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Link: Women's Health Portal

Australian Government Indigenous Early Childhood

Improving the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a critical component of Closing the Gap.

Link: Australian Government Indigenous Early Childhood

Indigenous Teenage Sexual and Reproductive Health and Young Parent Support Program

Resources for young people about sexual and reproductive health. Two booklets (Health in Pregnancy and Sexual Health booklets) have been reproduced through this project and have been printed to reflect a more culturally respectful product.

DVD Young Parenting, a new beginning provides valuable information from the parents themselves including 'what to expect' after having a baby and how to still 'have a life' and keep relationships strong. Importantly, it provides ACT focussed information about where to find support.

Link: DVD Young Parenting, a new begining

Familial Risk Assessment - Breast and Ovarian Cancer (FRA-BOC)

Familial Risk Assessment - Breast and Ovarian Cancer (FRA-BOC) is an on-line tool designed for use by health professionals.

Link: FRA-BOC

Services

BreastScreen ACT

BreastScreen ACT is part of a national population breast screening program that is aimed at reducing deaths from breast cancer through early detection.

The Program provides free screening and follow up services to ACT resident women from the age of 40 years.

Phone BreastScreen ACT on 13 2050.

Link: BreastScreen ACT

Core of Life Program

Core of Life a comprehensive life education program focussing on the realities of pregnancy, birth and early parenting for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their peer groups. The program is facilitated by a Midwife and has been delivered in schools, community services, health services, refuges and the youth detention centre.

For more information, please contact Ms Fiona Le Mesurier, ACT Core of Life Training Coordinator on (02) 6207 4594 or by email at fiona.lemesurier@act.gov.au

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service - Midwifery Program

The midwifery team offers antenatal and postnatal care, community at home support, baby health checks, breastfeeding support, immunisations, and a range of women's health services.

Link: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service - Midwifery Program

Women's Centre for Health Matters

The Women's Centre for Health Matters Inc. (WCHM) is a community-based not for profit organisation which works in the ACT and surrounding region to improve women's health and wellbeing.

Link: WCHM

Women's Information Referral Centre

Women's Information and Referral Centre (WiRC) is a confidential and free ACT Government service, which provides information and referral to support women in making informed choices and achieving self-determination.

Contact Details
Phone: 02 6205 1075 or 02 6205 1076
Email: wirc@act.gov.au
Location: 13 London Circuit Canberra, ACT.