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Access to care for acute coronary syndrome in the Top End

  • Authors: Marangou, J., McMurdock, N., Wing-Lun, E., Ilton, M.
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Published: in press

Background: The morbidity and mortality due to acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in Australia is substantial. People living in rural and remote Australia and Indigenous Australians have poorer access to guideline…

Validation of the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment short form (KICA-screen) for telehealth

  • Authors: Russell, Sarah, Quigley, Rachel, Strivens, Edward, Miller, Gavin, Norrie, Joan, Craig, Denise, Jordan, Jane, Muller, Reinhold
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Published: 2019

Introduction: Studies show Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at increased risk of dementia. Whilst there have been several studies evaluating the use of telehealth for improving Aboriginal and…

Higher human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) proviral load is associated with end-stage kidney disease in Indigenous Australians: Results of a case-control study in central Australia

  • Authors: Talukder, Mohammad Radwanur R., Walley, Rebecca, Pham, Hai, Schinke, Shane, Woodman, Richard, Wilson, Kim, Sajiv, Cherian, Einsiedel, Lloyd
  • Published: 2019

Case series suggest that human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is associated with kidney disease; however, little is known about the impact of proviral load (PVL). The present study…

Service availability and capacity in rural mental health in Australia: Analysing gaps using an Integrated Mental Health Atlas

  • Authors: van Spijker, Bregje A., Salinas-Perez, Jose A., Mendoza, John, Bell, Tanya, Bagheri, Nasser, Furst, Mary Anne, Reynolds, Julia, Rock, Daniel, Harvey, Andrew, Rosen, Alan, Salvador-Carulla, Luis
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Published: 2019

Objective:Access to services and workforce shortages are major challenges in rural areas worldwide. In order to improve access to mental health care, it is imperative to understand what services are…

Young Aboriginal people's perspective on access to health care in remote Australia: Hearing their voices

  • Authors: Warwick, Susannah, Atkinson, David, Kitaura, Therese, LeLievre, Matthew, Marley, Julia
  • Published: 2019

Background: Young Australian Aboriginal people experience poor health outcomes, yet young people and Aboriginal people have low use of health care. Objective: To identify barriers and enablers of access for…

Rural paramedics’ capacity for utilising a salutogenic approach to healthcare delivery: a literature review

  • Authors: Cockrell, Krista Renee, Reed, Buck, Wilson, Leigh
  • Published: 2019

Introduction Australia has had a long-standing challenge in meeting rural and remote healthcare needs. Recently, new expanded paramedic roles have proven successful in addressing healthcare gaps, however, further research is…

Qualitative perspectives on the sustainability of sexual health continuous quality improvement in clinics serving remote Aboriginal communities in Australia

  • Authors: Gunaratnam, Praveena, Schierhout, Gill, Brands, Jenny, Maher, Lisa, Bailie, Ross, Ward, James, Guy, Rebecca, Rumbold, Alice, Ryder, Nathan, Fairley, Christopher K, Donovan, Basil, Moore, Liz, Kaldor, John, Bell, Stephen
  • Published: 2019

Objectives To examine barriers and facilitators to sustaining a sexual health continuous quality improvement (CQI) programme in clinics serving remote Aboriginal communities in Australia.Design Qualitative study.Setting Primary health care services…

Making space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health workers in health promotion

  • Authors: Conte, Kathleen P, Gwynn, Josephine, Turner, Nicole, Koller, Claudia, Gillham, Karen E
  • Published: 2019

Despite a clear need, ‘closing the gap’ in health disparities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (hereafter, respectfully referred to as Aboriginal) continues to be challenging for western health…

Trekking the desert: Following in the footsteps of tiny vagrants

  • Author: Dickman, Chris
  • Published: 2019

The famed explorer Charles Sturt was the first European to set eyes upon the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert, and was in no doubt about the harshness of the…

Cost of dialysis therapies in rural and remote Australia – a micro-costing analysis

  • Authors: Gorham, G., Howard, K., Zhao, Y., Ahmed, A. M. S., Lawton, P. D., Sajiv, C., Majoni, S. W., Wood, P., Conlon, T., Signal, S., Robinson, S. L., Brown, S., Cass, A.
  • Published: 2019

Maintenance dialysis is a costly and resource intense activity. In Australia, inadequate health infrastructure and poor access to technically skilled staff can limit service provision in remote areas where many…

The picture talk project: Aboriginal community input on consent for research

  • Authors: Fitzpatrick, Emily FM, Macdonald, Gaynor, Martiniuk, Alexandra LC, Oscar, June, D’Antoine, Heather, Carter, Maureen, Lawford, Tom, Elliott, Elizabeth J
  • Published: 2019

Background: The consent and community engagement process for research with Indigenous communities is rarely evaluated. Research protocols are not always collaborative, inclusive or culturally respectful. If participants do not trust…

Collaborating for sustainable water and energy management: Assessment and categorisation of Indigenous involvement in remote Australian communities

  • Authors: Jackson, Melissa, Stewart, Rodney A., Fielding, Kelly S., Cochrane, Jessie, Beal, Cara D.
  • Published: 2019

Indigenous peoples living in remote areas are often reliant on Governments for essential services and local economic development opportunities. Collaboration and partnership in resource planning and management is espoused as…

Accessibility of primary, specialist, and allied health services for Aboriginal people living in rural and remote communities: Protocol for a mixed-methods study

  • Authors: Macniven, Rona, Hunter, Kate, Lincoln, Michelle, O’Brien, Ciaran, Jeffries Jr, Thomas Lee, Shein, Gregory, Saxby, Alexander, Taylor, Donna, Agius, Tim, Finlayson, Heather, Martin, Robyn, Kong, Kelvin, Nolan-Isles, Davida, Tobin, Susannah, Gwynne, Kylie
  • Published: 2019

Background: Primary, specialist, and allied health services can assist in providing equitable access in rural and remote areas, where higher proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Aboriginal Australians)…

Linear lengthening intonation in English on Croker Island: Identifying substrate origins

  • Authors: Mailhammer, Robert, Caudal, Patrick
  • Published: 2019

The topic of this paper is a striking intonation contour which is found in English on Croker Island, NT, Australia, which is labelled Linear Lengthening Intonation. This contour is formally…

The relationship between low adult literacy levels and Aboriginal family and community engagement in educational decision making

  • Authors: Ratcliffe, Ruth, Boughton, Bob
  • Published: 2019

This article draws on work with communities in the rural and remote towns of Brewarrina, Wilcannia and Enngonia, New South Wales (NSW) to explore the relationship between low adult literacy…

Australian Indigenous Art Innovation and Culturepreneurship in Practice: Insights for Cultural Tourism

  • Author: Loaney, Denis R.
  • Published: 2019

Indigenous cultural tourism offers significant future opportunities for countries, cities and Indigenous communities, but the development of new offerings can be problematic. Addressing this challenge, this article examines contemporary Australian…

TeaH (Turn ‘em around Healing): a therapeutic model for working with traumatised children on Aboriginal communities

  • Authors: Moss, Michelle, Lee, Anthony Duwun
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Published: 2019

Aboriginal children in Australia are over-represented in both the child protection and juvenile justice systems. Using Western therapeutic models of practice with Aboriginal people who live in remote communities can…

Breast screening attendance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the Northern Territory of Australia

  • Authors: Tapia, Kriscia A., Garvey, Gail, McEntee, Mark F., Rickard, Mary, Lydiard, Lorraine, Brennan, Patrick C.
  • Published: 2019

Objective: To compare breast screening attendances of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women. Methods: A total of 4,093 BreastScreen cases were used including 857 self-identified Indigenous women. Chi-squared analysis compared data between…

Costs and effects of higher turnover of nurses and Aboriginal health practitioners and higher use of short-term nurses in remote Australian primary care services: an observational cohort study

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Russell, Deborah Jane, Guthridge, Steven, Ramjan, Mark, Jones, Michael P, Humphreys, John S, Wakerman, John
  • Published: 2019

Objectives To compare the costs and effects of higher turnover of resident nurses and Aboriginal health practitioners and higher use of agency-employed nurses in remote primary care (PC) services and…

Rethinking evaluation for improved health outcomes: Implications for remote Australia

  • Authors: Carey, Timothy A., Fauth, James M., Tremblay, George C.
  • Published: 2019

Despite enduring and unacceptable disparities in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as well as people living in rural and remote locations, evidence indicates that health services…

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