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Management and Outcomes of Prosthetic Valve Thrombosis. An Australian Case Series From the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Milne, Owen, Barthwal, Rohit, Agahari, Ian, Ilton, Marcus, Kangaharan, Nadarajah
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Published: in press

Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) is an uncommon but serious cause of morbidity and mortality after cardiac valve implantation. The most common cause leading to PVT is inadequate anticoagulation. Royal Darwin…

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…

Binaural processing and phonological awareness in Australian Indigenous children from the Northern Territory: A community based study

  • Authors: Sharma, Mridula, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Savage, Gemma, Demuth, Katherine
  • Published: 2020

Objective Research has found that otitis media (OM) is highly prevalent in Australian Indigenous children, and repeated bouts of OM is often associated with minimal-to-moderate hearing loss. However, what is…

Targeted pre-emptive rabies vaccination strategies in a susceptible domestic dog population with heterogeneous roaming patterns

  • Authors: Hudson, Emily G., Brookes, Victoria J., Dürr, Salome, Ward, Michael P.
  • Published: 2019

Australia is free of canine rabies, however northern regions – such as the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA), Queensland – are at risk of an incursion from nearby rabies-infected Indonesian islands.…

Psychosocial care provision for terminally ill clients in rural Australian communities: the role of social work

  • Authors: Johns, Lise L., McAuliffe, Donna, Dorsett, Pat
  • Published: 2019

INTRODUCTION:Despite being one of the most avoided topics of all time, death is a guaranteed eventuality for us all. However, quality psychosocial care as death approaches is not a guarantee.…

Protocol for the Yapatjarrathati project: a mixed-method implementation trial of a tiered assessment process for identifying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in a remote Australian community

  • Authors: Shanley, Dianne C., Hawkins, Erinn, Page, Marjad, Shelton, Doug, Liu, Wei, Webster, Heidi, Moritz, Karen M., Barry, Linda, Ziviani, Jenny, Morrissey, Shirley, O’Callaghan, Frances, Wood, Andrew, Katsikitis, Mary, Reid, Natasha
  • Published: 2019

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a highly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Early identification can improve functioning for individuals and reduce costs to society. Gold standard…

Aeromedical retrievals of people for mental health care and the low level of clinical support in rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Gardiner, Fergus W, Coleman, Mathew, Teoh, Narcissus, Harwood, Abby, Coffee, Neil T, Gale, Lauren, Bishop, Lara, Laverty, Martin
  • Published: 2019

Objectives To characterise the people retrieved by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) for treatment of mental and behavioural disorders, and to assess mental health care provision in rural and…

Courting injustice: Mass processing of defendants in the outback

  • Author: Murphy, Julian R
  • Published: 2019

One hundred years ago, colonial criminal law applied to Indigenous people in the bush was rough justice, if it was any sort of justice at all. Historical surveys describe police…

The state of Australia's indigenous languages - and how we can help people speak them more often

  • Author: Simpson, J
  • Published: 2019

In 1788 there were between 300 and 700 Indigenous languages spoken across Australia by millions of people, as shown in anthropologist Norman Tindale's 1974 map. However in the Australian 2016…

Drawing spirits in the sand: Performative storytelling in the digital age

  • Author: Tafler, David I.
  • Published: 2019

For First Nations people living in the central desert of Australia, the performance of oral storytelling drawing in the sand drives new agency in the cultural metamorphosis of communication practices…

Do the Yolŋu people of East Arnhem Land experience smoking related stigma associated with local and regional tobacco control strategies?: An Indigenous qualitative study from Australia

  • Authors: Tane, Moana Pera, Hefler, Marita, Thomas, David P.
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Published: 2019

In remote Aboriginal communities in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory of Australia, the Yol?u people, traditional owners of this remote and isolated region, have a long tradition of ?arali? [tobacco]…

Antioxidant rich extracts of Terminalia ferdinandiana inhibit the growth of foodborne bacteria

  • Authors: Akter, Saleha, Netzel, Michael E., Tinggi, Ujang, Osborne, Simone A., Fletcher, Mary T., Sultanbawa, Yasmina
  • Published: 2019

Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) is a native Australian plant containing phytochemicals with antioxidant capacity. In the search for alternatives to synthetic preservatives, antioxidants from plants and herbs are increasingly being…

'Four boys Nga-Lerebina Ngana': Oracy and translanguaging in English and Ndjebbana

  • Authors: O'Mara, Joanna, Auld, Glenn, Djabibba, Lena
  • Published: 2019

In this paper we take on Green's (2017) orientation of the Australian Curriculum: English and consider what might it hold for the students of Australia. We set about analysing eighteen…

Compulsory income management: Combatting or compounding the underlying causes of homelessness?

  • Authors: Peterie, Michelle, Bielefeld, Shelley, Marston, Greg, Mendes, Philip, Humpage, Louise
  • Published: 2019

Compulsory Income Management (CIM) is a form of conditional welfare that involves the mandatory quarantining of a portion of welfare recipients’ social security payments. Quarantined funds are accessible via a…

Rural radio and the everyday politics of settlement on Indigenous land

  • Authors: Waller, Lisa, Mesikämmen, Emma, Burkett, Brian
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Published: 2019

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Country Hour radio programmes are produced regionally and promote specific understandings of rurality. This article presents an analysis that shows Indigenous people and issues are rarely…

Talking skin: attitudes and practices around skin infections, treatment options, and their clinical management in a remote region in Western Australia

  • Authors: Amgarth-Duff, Ingrid, Hendrickx, David, Bowen, Asha, Carapetis, Jonathan, Chibawe, Robby, Samson, Margaret, Walker, Roz
  • Published: 2019

INTRODUCTION:Skin infections including scabies and impetigo have a high burden and cause significant morbidity in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Nevertheless, there is limited knowledge about community, healthcare practitioner and…

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…

Birth outcomes in women with gestational diabetes managed by lifestyle modification alone: The PANDORA Study

  • Authors: Cheng, E., Longmore, D., Barzi, F., Barr, E. L. M., Lee, I., Whitbread, C., Boyle, J. A., Oats, J., Connors, C., McIntyre, H. D., Kirkwood, M., Dempsey, K., Zhang, X., Thomas, S., Williams, D., Zimmet, P., Brown, A. D. H., Shaw, J. E., Maple-Brown, L.
  • Published: 2019

Aims To assess outcomes of women in the Pregnancy and Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) cohort with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) managed by lifestyle modification compared with women…

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