Resources (Other)

Here we link resources from other sources that may be of help:

The following resources are available from the suppliers as noted. Those without suppliers details may be available for purchase through your local book supplier, or available for loan through your library.


Communicating positively – A Guide to appropriate Aboriginal terminology
NSW Health Department, 2004.
  • Provides health staff with background information and guidance as to appropriate word usage for health staff working with Aboriginal people and communities.

    Available for download or order from
    NSW Health - Aboriginal Health
    Po Box 672
    North Ryde NSW 2113
    Phone: (02) 9887-5450
    Fax: (02) 9887-5452
ACT Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander palliative care booklet (751kb pdf) 
ACT Health, 2008.
  • This is a guide to caring for those with a terminal condition. The emphasis here is on honouring the choices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT community.

To Purchase

The following resources are available from the suppliers as noted. Those without suppliers details may be available for purchase through your local book supplier, or available for loan through your library.

The Public Health Bush Book
Department of Health and Community Services, 2007. Lookin’ after our own: Supporting Aboriginal Families through the hospital experience
Clark A, Andrews S, Austin N. 2000.
  • This book is written from a Koori perspective by three Aboriginal liaison workers for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. It is about the experiences, fears and apprehensions of having a child in hospital.

    Royal Children's Hospital Aboriginal Family Support Unit
    Melbourne Vic 3000
    Phone: (03) 9345 6111
"Bessie's Story: Palliative Care in Remote Communities".
Lowe P, 1998.
  • This picture book shows an Aboriginal woman going home to her community for palliation. Produced by the North West Regional Palliative Care Committee, 1998.

    North West Regional Palliative Care Committee
    PO Box 2202
    Broome WA 6725
Telling our stories in ways that make us stronger.
Wingard B, Lester J. 2001.
  • This book includes chapters on:
    • finding culturally appropriate ways to grieve, to remember and to heal
    • suggestions relating to culturally appropriate health and counselling services for Indigenous Australians.
Home to the Kimberley: Taking care of Aged Patients from Remote Communities
Kimberly Aged and Community Services, 2003.
  • A book detailing the factors / issues affecting Indigenous communities, their access to care, cultural experiences, how to assist individuals who have to be transported to Perth for treatment and a general overview of what to expect when caring for Indigenous people.

    Kimberley Aged and Community Services,
    PO Box 2507
    Broome WA 6725
    ​Phone: (08) 9192 0333
Understanding Morphine (884kb pdf) 
Mt Isa District Palliative Care Service
  • This booklet was compiled to answer patients' and carers' questions about pain relief in plain language. It is beautifully illustrated by local Aboriginal artists Harry and Shannon Gertz and is user friendly.
Also available as Wanem Morphine (1.11MB pdf) in Creole for FNQ and Torres Strait communities
Mt Isa Palliative Care Service
30 Camooweal Street
Mt Isa Qld 4825
Phone: (07) 4744 4828
Order from Cancer council QLD
Many Ways of Caring: The Aboriginal Palliative Care Paintings Project
Ofra Fried & Territory Palliative Care Central Australia, 1998/1999.
  • Aboriginals from the 4 main language groups in Central Australia express their feeling about palliative care by doing individual paintings as each group had their own cultural way of dealing with death and dying.

    Available from Territory Palliative Care
Practice Guidelines for Health Professionals Dealing with the Death of a Northern Territory Aboriginal Person.
Dr Tarun Weeramanthri & Territory Health Services & Menzies School of Health Research, 1996.
  • These guidelines are to assist health professionals give back to families some sense of control over what happens after death and to allow them to identify any long term problems affecting the family, the community or themselves.

    PO Box 41096
    Casuarina NT 0811
    PO Box 8569
    Alice Springs NT 0871


Caring for Elizabeth. Palliative care in remote communities.
Kimberley Palliative Care Service
  • This video shows how Elizabeth and her family make decisions about her end of life care. Includes a palliative care nurse discussing the help available.

    Video produced by Kimberley Palliative Care Service as part of the Commonwealth funded 'Caring Communities' project 2004 email:
Doctors in Aboriginal Health, Aboriginal Health Workers, Cross-Cultural Awareness, Insight into Aboriginal Community Control
Royal College of General Practice (RACGP) & The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO), 2003.
  • These videos are designed to provide insights into Aboriginal community controlled health services, and culturally appropriate health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    RACGP, National Rural Facility
    15 Gover Street
    North Adelaide SA 5006


End-of-Life Care of Aboriginal Peoples in Remote Locations: Language Issues. (142kb pdf)
McGrath P, Holewa H. International Program of Psychiatric-Social Health Research. 2007 Jul 6.
  • This 10-page Australian paper provides insights into the impact of language on palliative care
The Aboriginal Health Worker. 
Mitchell M, Hussey LM. Med J Aust. 2006;184(10):529-30.
  • Discusses the challenges in working in one's own community, where work can be rewarding yet stressful; there can be a perception that you are "everything to everyone".
'The biggest worry...': research findings on pain management for Aboriginal peoples in Northern Territory, Australia.
McGrath P. Rural Remote Health. 2006 Jul-Sep;6(3):549.
  • Discusses effective pain management during end-of-life care.
Reducing the impact of cancer in Indigenous communities, ways forward.
Lowenthal R, Grogan P, Kerrins E. Med J Aust. 2005 Feb 7;182(3):105-6.
  • Discussion paper addressing the issue of cancer and Indigenous people, the cause of increased incidence amongst Indigenous groups compared to non-Indigenous and the cultural beliefs and rituals within Indigenous communities.
Palliative care and sorry business.
Prior, Deborah, 2003, Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, vol. 27, No.1, pp 7-9.
  • Written to provide Aboriginal health workers with information about the nature of palliative care, how to access palliative care services and clinical aspects of palliative care.

    PO Box 502
    Matraville NSW 2036
    (02) 9311 2593 Freecall 1800 888 575
    Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal

Last updated 22 December 2016