Title

Review of kidney health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Document Type

Report

Publisher

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

School

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Comments

Schwartzkopff K.M., Kelly, J., & Potter, C. (2020). Review of kidney health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin 20(4).

https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/publications/41278/

Abstract

The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive synthesis of key information on kidney health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia to:

• inform those involved or who have an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and, in particular, kidney health

• provide evidence to assist in the development of policies, strategies and programs.

The review provides general information on the historical, social and cultural context of kidney health, and the behavioural factors that contribute to kidney disease. It provides information on the extent of kidney disease, including incidence and prevalence data; hospitalisations and health service utilisation and mortality. It discusses the prevention and management of kidney health problems, and provides information on relevant programs, services, policies and strategies that address kidney disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It concludes by discussing possible future directions for kidney health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

This review draws mostly on journal publications, government reports, national data collections and national surveys, the majority of which can be accessed through the HealthInfoNet’s publications database (https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/publications). This was not a systematic literature review in that not all articles were synthesised or assessed in the review. Rather, it was a scoping review, whereby the articles collected were used as the basis of the review, with further information sought during the drafting process.

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