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The Impact of climate change on aeromedical retrieval services in remote Northern Australia: Planning for a hotter future

  • Authors: Quilty, Simon, Lal, Aparna, Honan, Bridget, Chateau, Dan, O’Donnell, Elen, Mills, Jodie
  • Published: 2024

It is known that environmental heat is associated with increased morbidity manifesting as increasing demand on acute care health services including pre-hospital transport and emergency departments. These services play a…

Development of a tool for reporting key dietary indicators from sales data in remote Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stores

  • Authors: McMahon, Emma, Ferguson, Megan, Wycherley, Thomas, Gunther, Anthony, Brimblecombe, Julie
  • Published: 2024

Reporting key dietary indicators from sales data can help us guide store decision makers in developing effective store policy to support healthier customer purchases. We aimed to develop a web-based…

“A huge gap”: Health care provider perspectives on cancer screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Taylor, Emma V., Dugdale, Sarah, Connors, Christine M., Garvey, Gail, Thompson, Sandra C.
  • Published: 2024

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory (NT). Accessible and culturally appropriate cancer screening programs are a…

A qualitative study of rural and remote Australian general practitioners' involvement in high-acuity patients

  • Authors: Turner, Sinead, Isaac, Vivian, Lim, David
  • Published: 2023

This study aimed to understand the experiences, barriers, and facilitators of rural general practitioners’ involvement with high-acuity patients. Semi-structured interviews with rural general practitioners in South Australia who had experience…

Communities setting the direction for their right to nutritious, affordable food: Co-design of the Remote Food Security Project in Australian Indigenous communities

  • Authors: Ferguson, Megan, Tonkin, Emma, Brimblecombe, Julie, Lee, Amanda, Fredericks, Bronwyn, Cullerton, Katherine, Mah, Catherine L., Brown, Clare, McMahon, Emma, Chatfield, Mark D., Miles, Eddie, Cadet-James, Yvonne
  • Published: 2023

Despite long histories of traditional food security, Indigenous peoples globally are disproportionately exposed to food insecurity. Addressing this imbalance must be a partnership led by Indigenous peoples in accordance with…

Perspectives of Aboriginal people affected by cancer on the need for an Aboriginal navigator in cancer treatment and support: A qualitative study

  • Authors: Thackrah, Rosalie D., Papertalk, Lenelle P., Taylor, Karen, Taylor, Emma V., Greville, Heath, Pilkington, Leanne G., Thompson, Sandra C.
  • Published: 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians suffer higher rates of cancer and poorer outcomes than the wider population. These disparities are exacerbated by rurality and remoteness due to reduced access…

A retrospective cohort study of red cell alloimmunisation in rural, remote, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples admitted to intensive care in the Northern Territory, Australia

  • Authors: Noutsos, Tina, Perry, Maree A., Secombe, Paul J., Roxby, David J., Sinha, Romi, Campbell, Lewis T.
  • Published: 2023

Red cell (RC) alloantibodies occur on exposure to non-self RC antigens in transfusion and pregnancy (typically IgG and clinically significant) or in association with non-RC immune environmental factors (typically IgM…

Examining the heat health burden in Australia: a rapid review

  • Authors: Bhatta, Manoj, Field, Emma, Cass, Max, Zander, Kerstin, Guthridge, Steven, Brearley, Matt, Hines, Sonia, Pereira, Gavin, Nur, Darfiana, Chang, Anne, Singh, Gurmeet, Trueck, Stefan, Truong, Chi, Wakerman, John, Mathew, Supriya
  • Published: 2023

Extreme heat has been linked to increased mortality and morbidity across the globe. Increasing temperatures due to climatic change will place immense stress on healthcare systems. This review synthesises Australian…

Out of print: What the pandemic-era newspaper crisis in Australia teaches us about the role of rural and regional newspapers in creating sustainable communities

  • Authors: Muurlink, Olav, Marx, Elizabeth V.
  • Published: 2023

Print newspapers tend to form part of the conversation on sustainable development goals in terms of the ability to communicate goals to the public, but to what degree are print…

Community-led data collection: Enhancing local-level scabies surveillance in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia

  • Authors: Glennie, Miriam, Dowden, Michelle, Scolyer, Meg, O’Meara, Irene, Angeles, Geoffrey, Woerle, Hannah, Campbell, Patricia T., Gardner, Karen
  • Published: 2023

Novel approaches to geohealth data analysis offer major benefits to neglected tropical disease control by identifying how social, economic and environmental elements of place interact to influence disease outcomes. However,…

Yarning about diet: The applicability of dietary assessment methods in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians - a scoping review

  • Authors: Davies, Alyse, Coombes, Julieann, Wallace, Jessica, Glover, Kimberly, Porykali, Bobby, Allman-Farinelli, Margaret, Kunzli-Rix, Trinda, Rangan, Anna
  • Published: 2023

Conventional dietary assessment methods are based predominately on Western models which lack Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, methodologies, and social and cultural contextualisation. This review considered dietary assessment methods…

Tracks to postgraduate rural practice: Longitudinal qualitative follow-up of nursing students who undertook a rural placement in Western Australia

  • Authors: Crossley, Caroline, Collett, Marjorie, Thompson, Sandra C.
  • Published: 2023

The nursing workforce is the backbone of healthcare provision in rural and remote Australia. Introducing student nurses to rural clinical placements is one strategy used to address the shortfall of…

Barriers and facilitators to hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in rural South Australia: A service providers' perspective

  • Authors: Lim, David, Phillips, Emily, Bradley, Clare, Ward, James
  • Published: 2023

This study explored the barriers and facilitators to hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in rural South Australia as viewed from a healthcare provider…

Utilizing locally available bioresources for powering remote Indigenous communities: A framework and case study

  • Authors: Trombley, Jeremy B., Sangha, Kamaljit K., Andersen, Alan N., Thennadil, Suresh N.
  • Published: 2023

We establish a framework to examine the feasibility of using local vegetation for bioenergy power systems in small-scale applications and remote settings. The framework has broad application, and we present…

Capturing household structure and mobility within and between remote Aboriginal communities in northern Australia using longitudinal data: A pilot study

  • Authors: Goldsmith, Jessie J., Campbell, Patricia T., Villanueva-Cabezas, Juan P., Chisholm, Rebecca H., McKinnon, Melita, Gurruwiwi, George G., Dhurrkay, Roslyn G., Dockery, Alfred M., Geard, Nicholas, Tong, Steven Y. C., McVernon, Jodie, Gibney, Katherine B.
  • Published: 2022

Cultural practices and development level can influence a population’s household structures and mixing patterns. Within some populations, households can be organized across multiple dwellings. This likely affects the spread of…

Using genomics to understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases in the Northern Territory of Australia

  • Authors: Meumann, Ella M., Krause, Vicki L., Baird, Robert, Currie, Bart J.
  • Published: 2022

The Northern Territory (NT) is a geographically remote region of northern and central Australia. Approximately a third of the population are First Nations Australians, many of whom live in remote…

"I don't think it's on anyone's radar": The workforce and system barriers to healthcare for Indigenous women following a traumatic brain injury acquired through violence in remote Australia

  • Authors: Fitts, Michelle S., Cullen, Jennifer, Kingston, Gail, Wills, Elaine, Soldatic, Karen
  • Published: 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience high rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of violence. While healthcare access is critical for women who have experienced a…

Transitivity marking in Light Warlpiri, an Australian mixed language

  • Authors: O’Shannessy, Carmel, Carter, Amelia, Kalyan, Siva
  • Published: 2022

Light Warlpiri is a newly emerged Australian mixed language that systematically combines nominal structure from Warlpiri (Australian, Pama-Nyungan) with verbal structure from Kriol (an English-lexified Creole) and English, with additional…

Real-world gestational diabetes screening: Problems with the oral glucose tolerance test in rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Jamieson, Emma L., Spry, Erica P., Kirke, Andrew B., Atkinson, David N., Marley, Julia V.
  • Published: 2019

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most common antenatal complication in Australia. All pregnant women are recommended for screening by 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). As part of…

Cross-cultural, Aboriginal language, discovery education for health literacy and informed consent in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory, Australia

  • Authors: Shield, Jennifer M., Kearns, Thérèse M., Garŋgulkpuy, Joanne, Walpulay, Lisa, Gundjirryirr, Roslyn, Bundhala, Leanne, Djarpanbuluwuy, Veronica, Andrews, Ross M., Judd, Jenni
  • Published: 2018

Background: Education for health literacy of Australian Aboriginal people living remotely is challenging as their languages and worldviews are quite different from English language and Western worldviews. Becoming health literate…

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