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Listen to the voice of the people: culturally specific consultation and innovation in establishing an Aboriginal health program in the west Pilbara

  • Authors: Dimer, Lyn, Shilton, Trevor, Hayes, Anne, Hayes, Shirley, Heard, Monteza, Turangi, Gina, Hamilton, Sandy
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Background: Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of morbidity in Aboriginal Australians, however only around 5% of eligible Aboriginal people at tend cardiac rehabilitation (CR) heart health programs. Through community…

Expanding rural service delivery through emerging technologies

  • Authors: Dixon, Karen, Church, Andrea
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Technology is advancing at an incredible rate with new devices, wearables, gadgets and gizmos coming on to the market every week. Technology provides rural health services with new ways of…

Conducting research together with remote Aboriginal communities

  • Authors: Fitzpatrick, EFM, Oscar, J, Carter, M, Lawford, T, Martiniuk, AM, D'Antoine, H, Elliott, EJ
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Introduction: An international systematic literature review found that few publications evaluate the preference or understanding of an individual or group when seeking consent for research with Indigenous communities. Research with…

Reducing medication misadventure: A comparative analysis of telepharmacy and home medication reviews

  • Authors: Hall, Fiona, Dean, Debi, Braithwaite, Chris, Stephens, Catherine
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Background : Medication misadventure is a serious issue with two to three % of all hospital admissions being medication- related. The federally funded Home Medicine Reviews (HMRs) have provided an…

Community cultural development across Far North Queensland with a health focus

  • Author: Jenuarrie
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Arts Nexus Inc. has a clear mission across all of Far North Queensland: growing creative people, communities and industries. Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) that builds capacity, values cultural…

Remote health workforce safety and security: problems and solutions

  • Author: Menere, R
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

A range of significant occupational health and safety challenges affect clinicians resident in remote communities, as well as visiting Allied Health, Medical Specialist, Retrieval and Management staff. While violence towards…

Health workforce turnover in remote Indigenous communities—who stays, who goes?

  • Authors: Russell, D., Zhao, Y, Guthridge, S, Ramjan, Mark, Wakerman, J, Jones, MP, Humphreys, JS
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Aim: Health workforce geographical maldistribution is a persisting global issue linked to inequitable access to health services and poorer health outcomes for rural and remote populations. Anecdotal reports suggest that…

Intersections: artistry and narrative in intercultural and educational research

  • Author: Lovell, Judith
  • Published: 2017

The experience of artistry and narrative in research is a key methodological concern of the artist and the researcher, whose work occurs in and beyond an intersection of educational and…

Strengthening Australian Aboriginal participation in university STEM programs: A Northern Territory perspective

  • Authors: Osborne, Samuel, Paige, Kathy, Hattam, Rob, Rigney, Lester-Irabinna, Morrison, Anne
  • Published: 2017

The broad discipline of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) has become a global focus for education and employment. Currently, Indigenous students are less likely to engage in STEM programs…

Supporting rural/remote Australians in a culturally appropriate way

  • Authors: Aiton, Susan, Smithson, Teresa
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

The organisation provides unique, flexible and culturally appropriate support options for indigenous Australians with a disability or who are frail aged and living in the Top End of the NT.…

What have we learned from the Australian Rural Birth Index study?

  • Author: Barclay, Lesley
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

This NHMRC funded investigation began as an exercise in testing a Canadian developed maternity services planning tool for its utility and validity in Australia. Careful work with our statisticians and…

HPV self-sampling for cervical cancer screening: engaging under-screened rural-remote Aboriginal women

  • Authors: Campbell, Laurinne, Vail, Anne, Pollard, Georgia-Lee, Bailey, Jannine, Dutton, Tegan, Robinson, Tracy, Jacob, Sunil, Wykes, Rene, O'Connor, Megan, Kelly, Cassandra, Callan, Nichole, McKay, Kate, Tiffen, Rozlyn
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Aims: Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the sixth leading cause of death worldwide. The incidence of cervical cancer in Aboriginal women is more than…

Panel presentation: Evidence and wellbeing (the Interplay Wellbeing Framework: Building the evidence on pathways to wellbeing with community indicators from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Australia)

  • Authors: Cairney, S, Abbott, T, Wilson, B, Schultz, R, McRae-Williams, E, Yamaguchi, J
  • Publisher: AIATSIS and University of Canberra
  • Published: 2017

Panel presentation: Evidence and wellbeing (the Interplay Wellbeing Framework: Building the evidence on pathways to wellbeing with community indicators from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Australia)

Adults with a disability living a good life in the NPY Lands

  • Authors: Jensen, H, Gilroy, J, Barton, R, Lincoln, M, Taylor, K., Dew, Angela, Flood, V, Ryall, L, McRae, K
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

This paper reports on the preliminary findings of a qualitative project which aims to investigate ways to enable Aboriginal people with disabilities, their families and carers from the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara…

Empowering Aboriginal families in parenting: Jandu Yani U 'For All Families'

  • Authors: McIlduff, C, Ridley, C
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

During the population-based (Lililwan) study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevalence in the remote communities of the Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia, families and teachers reported challenging child behaviours…

What can we learn about improving workforce retention from five words?

  • Author: Onnis, Leigh-ann
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

The challenges of recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural and remote Australia are well documented. Increases in need arising from an ageing population and the burden of chronic…

Preventing chronic diseases in remote Aboriginal communities with nutrition and integrative medicine

  • Authors: Trudgen, T, Jenkins, K, Eagle, B, Garnggulkpuy, J, Quinn, M
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Hope For Health (HFH) is an Indigenous led nutrition project located on Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory and is focused on preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Sixty five years…

Factors contributing to educational outcomes for Indigenous students from remote communities: A systematic review

  • Author: Guenther, J
  • Published: 2017

Factors contributing to educational outcomes for Indigenous students from remote communities: A systematic review

Race, rules and relationships: What can critical race theory offer contemporary Aboriginal boarding schools?

  • Authors: Benvenister, Tessa, Guenther, J, Rainbird, Sophia, Dawson, Drew, King, Lorraine
  • Published: 2017

Boarding schools have been increasingly championed in strategies to move closer to educational equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. However, there is a significant lack of research and…

An economic perspective on the rural and regional mental health challenge

  • Author: Fels, Allan
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

This presentation will cover the current national mental health reforms resulting from the National Mental Health Commission Report and special issues affecting rural and remote Australia will be the focus…

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