March 19, 2012

More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander DVDs for adults and children


Smoking : an indigenous health challenge
  • This program assists health practitioners with the knowledge and understanding to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people quit smoking. A range of interventions to both help prevent tobacco use and assist Indigenous Australians to quit are examined. Tobacco use is a major preventable contributor to the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous Australians and other Australians. Much of this gap is due to smoking related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer.
  • Nearly half of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults smoke compared to less than one fifth of other adults. Smoking prevalence is higher in remote areas. The challenge for health practitioners and communities is to develop innovative and effective ways of addressing tobacco use in Indigenous communities. Research is still needed to ascertain the most appropriate interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Strategies to combat smoking need to acknowledge the historical, cultural, and socio-economic factors influencing its use, as well as the individual psychological, physical and behavioural factors.
  • This program assists health practitioners with the knowledge and understanding to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people quit smoking. A range of interventions to both help prevent tobacco use and assist Indigenous Australians to quit are examined.

Stay strong ; Strong and deadly
Stay strong and Strong and deadly are both half-hour documentary versions of the hour-long programs Step by step : Indigenous kids 6-12 years and Deadly steps : Indigenous youth.

"Stay strong program description: Children’s health and development during their primary years have lifelong implications. However for primary school age Indigenous kids, it can be quite a challenge to ’stay strong’. Many are disadvantaged at birth by poverty, poor health and nutrition, overcrowding or homelessness. They often have limited opportunities for rewarding educational experiences. Good nutrition, education and a strong cultural identity are central to their overall health and well-being. Stay strong examines some successful community-based health and education initiatives that put an emphasis on prevention and health promotion. It showcases the Nunga Kid’s Café in Port Lincoln, Music Outback Foundation in Central Australia, and Chris Sarra’s Strong and Smart program that are contributing to gererational change by providing culturally positive experiences for Indigenous kids that build pride and resilience."--Container.

"Strong and deadly program description: Indigenous youth have often grown up against a background of entrenched social and economic disadvantage. Many have experienced stressful life events such as the death of close family members, disrupted schooling and have engaged in a variety of risk-taking behaviours. By the time of adolescence, the effects on their nutrition and health, educational achievements, and social and economic opportunities are evident. Research indicates that a strong cultural identity is an important protective factor for Indigenous adolescents. Strong and deadly highlights some community-based initiatives that draw on culture to provide programs that are having a significant impact on the health and well-being of Indigenous young people. It showcases a football-based program at Kununurra District High School, WA; a young women’s group Sisters through Danila Dilba Youth Services in Palmerston, NT; and Tirkandi Inaburra, a culturally-based residential program for Indigenous boys at risk near Coleambally, NSW.

The fading moon : a dementia resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities -
We need your memories
The DVD tackles the issues carers face in supporting their families and friends with dementia. It also provides an over view of the types of services that are available for communities. Each chapter can be shown individually and can be used as part of a training program or just used as a community information session. There are a number of local and national community members on the DVD, namely Professor Tony Broe, Venessa Curnow, Sonia Mazzone, Marjorie Trip, Brian Butler, Debbie Burton and Ningali. Freddy Tanner, an Aboriginal carer caring for his wife Debbie spoke so eloquently about his life of caring for Debbie. Families were so giving of their time and sharing their life stories in the making of this DVD, we thank them for their support and commitment to this worthwhile project. This DVD was financially supported by the local Department of Disability Ageing and Carers and driven by a dedicated team of elders and Aboriginal Community workers in the sector.

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National best practice guidelines for collecting Indigenous status in health data sets
All clients of health services should be asked if they are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in the process of routine data collection. Despite improvements in recent years, there have been continuing problems in establishing and maintaining standard practice in the collection of Indigenous status, resulting in the under-identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in key national health data sets. These guidelines have been developed to ensure the standard Indigenous status question is asked correctly and consistently of all clients of health services, and that this information is correctly recorded  - email to borrow a copy

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