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Resources relating to the health issues facing Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, and initiatives to 'Close the Gap'


Getting Started

This guide to sources relating to health issues facing Indigenous Australians was last updated by Library staff in 2016. It comprises selected material held by the State Library or available online.

To find further material relevant to this topic, try searching with these subject headings in the State Library catalogue:

Aboriginal Australians Health and hygiene
Aboriginal Australians Medical care

For more assistance, talk with staff at the Library's Information Desk or Ask Us.


Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet  

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2015.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 

Department of Health. Indigenous health

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Closing the gap

Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2013-2023

Nunkuwarrin Yunti provides health care and community support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Adelaide

SA Health, Aboriginal health care plan 2010-2016

Improving Indigenous health

Story from the ABC's 7.30 Report detailing efforts being made to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and how much work there is still to do to 'Close the Gap' in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.


The State Library has a number of electronic resources that are useful for finding articles relating to Aboriginal health.

Some of these resources can only be accessed within the library and others can also be accessed from home by becoming a Home Access User.

Relevant resources include:

Australian/New Zealand Reference centre  Newspaper and magazine articles from the recent past

Australian Public Affairs Full Text General periodical index

Consumer Health Complete Consumer-oriented health and wellness content

Health Source: Nursing Academic edition

Trove website provides word searchable access to historical Australian newspapers, mostly prior to 1955

Books and pamphlets

Aboriginal health in South Australia 2011-2014: a case study, 2014.

Australian Medical Association, Western Australian Branch. A medical practitioner's guide to Aboriginal health, 1998.

Brady, Maggie. The grog book : strengthening indigenous community action on alcohol, 2005.

Couzos, Sophie, and Murray, Richard. Aboriginal primary health care : an evidence-based approach, 2008.

Cramer, Jennifer. Sounding the alarm : remote area nurses and Aboriginals at risk, 2005.

D'Abbs, Peter. Petrol sniffing in Aboriginal communities: a review of interventions, 2000.

Dwyer, Judith et. al, Managing two worlds together : city hospital care for country Aboriginal people : project report, 2011.

Ellis, Rose (ed). From health worker to health worker: an annotated index of indigenous health information published on the Aboriginal and Islander health worker journal 1996-2003, 2004.

Hampton, Ron and Toombs, Maree (eds). Indigenous Australians and health : the wombat in the room, 2013.

Healey, Justin (ed). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2014.

Health Performance Council. Aboriginal health in South Australia 2011-2014 : a case study, 2014.

Helen, Maureen. Other people's country : a woman's journey from suburbia to remote area nursing, 2008.

Horton, David (ed). The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture, 1994, p. 456-461. 

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs. Health is life: report on the inquiry into indigenous health, 2000.

The Indigenous health promotion resources guide : a national information guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, 2009. 

Lea, Tess. Bureaucrats and bleeding hearts : indigenous health in northern Australia, 2008.

McKnight, David. From hunting to drinking: the devastating effects of alcohol on an Australian Aboriginal community, 2002. 

Muller, Lorraine. A theory for indigenous Australian health and human service work : connecting indigenous knowledge and practice, 2014.

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation. Ngangkari work - Anangu way: traditional healers of Central Australia, 2003.

South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership. Aboriginal health, everybody's business : knowing the business : South Australian Aboriginal health indicators 2005, 2005.

Taylor, Kerry and Guerin, Pauline. Health care and indigenous Australians : cultural safety in practice, 2010.

Thackrah, Rosalie, Scott, Kim and Winch, Joan (eds). Indigenous Australian health and cultures : an introduction for health professionals, 2011.

Thomson, Neil (ed.) The health of indigenous Australians, 2003.

Audiovisual material

Ngangkari way: a film by Erica Glynn, 2001. Looks at the role of the 'Ngangkari', traditional healer, in the health and well being of the Anangu people of Central Australia.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA History project. Collection or Oral histories documenting the development and growth of this Adelaide Community health centre.