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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…

Recommendations for designing health information technologies for mental health drawn from self-determination theory and co-design with culturally diverse populations: Template analysis

  • Authors: Cheng, Vanessa Wan Sze, Piper, Sarah E., Ottavio, Antonia, Davenport, Tracey A., Hickie, Ian B.
  • Published: 2021

Background: Culturally diverse populations (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of diverse genders and sexualities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people) in nonurban areas face compounded barriers to…

Cancer-related help seeking in cancer survivors living in regional and remote Australia

  • Authors: Goodwin, Belinda C., Chambers, Suzanne, Aitken, Joanne, Ralph, Nicholas, March, Sonja, Ireland, Michael, Rowe, Arlen, Crawford-Williams, Fiona, Zajdlewicz, Leah, Dunn, Jeff
  • Published: 2021

<h4>Objectives</h4>To measure rates of detection via screening, perceived self-imposed delays in seeking medical attention, and support seeking in a sample of regional and remote people with a cancer diagnosis and…

Nurse practitioner locums: a plausible solution for augmenting health care access for rural communities

  • Authors: Jennings, Natasha, Lowe, Grainne, Tori, Kathleen
  • Published: 2021

With 2020 being designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it is opportune to acknowledge and recognise the role that nurses undertake in primary care environments. Nurses and midwives…

Barriers and challenges of returning patients back to community after renal transplantation in Central Australia

  • Authors: Karepalli, Vijay K., Brown, Megan, Sajiv, Cherian, Fernandes, David, Thomas, Sajan, George, Pratish, Nayar, Sajith, Pawar, Basant
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2021

Background The majority of patients living in remote communities of Central Australia must relocate to Alice Springs for their dialysis treatments. There is limited information available, about the challenges and…

‘Now it’s not a billabong’: eco-cultural assessment of billabong condition in remote northern Australia

  • Authors: Russell, Shaina, Ens, Emilie, Ngukurr Yangbala Rangers
  • Published: 2021

Globally, the value of integrating multiple knowledge systems is being recognised in ecosystem assessments, monitoring and management. This paper describes a participatory eco-cultural assessment of freshwater billabongs in the South…

Considerations in planning physical activity for older adults in hot climates: A narrative review

  • Authors: See, Lydia, Rasiah, Rohan L., Laing, Rachael, Thompson, Sandra C.
  • Published: 2021

Regular physical activity has multiple health benefits for both the prevention and management of disease, including for older adults. However, additional precautions are needed with ageing given physiological changes and…

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of TeleStroke consultations to support the care of patients who had a stroke presenting to regional emergency departments in Western Australia: an economic evaluation case study protocol

  • Authors: Tsou, Christina, Robinson, Suzanne, Boyd, James, Kamath, Shruthi, Yeung, Justin, Waters, Stephanie, Gifford, Karen, Jamieson, Andrew, Hendrie, Delia
  • Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
  • Published: 2021

INTRODUCTION: The Western Australia (WA) Acute TeleStroke Programme commenced incrementally across regional WA during 2016-2017. Since the introduction of the TeleStroke Programme, there has been monitoring of service outputs, including…

Incarceration among adults living with psychosis in Indigenous populations in Cape York and the Torres Strait

  • Authors: Charlson, Fiona, Gynther, Bruce, Obrecht, Karin, Heffernan, Ed, David, Michael, Young, Jesse T., Hunter, Ernest
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Published: 2021

Objective: The relationship between psychosis and contact with the criminal justice system for Indigenous people living in rural and remote areas is not well understood. In this study, the authors…

Aboriginal student engagement and success in Kimberley tertiary education

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Dwyer, Anna, Wooltorton, Sandra, Wilks, Judith
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Published: 2021

Over recent years, considerable effort has been put into increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) participation in higher education. While there are signs that enrolments are increasing, the…

From sorcery to laboratory: Pandemics and Yanyuwa experiences of viral vulnerability

  • Authors: Norman, Dinah, Miller, Jemima, Timothy, Mavis, Friday, Graham, Norman, Leonard, Friday, Gloria, Friday, Adrianne, Timothy, Warren, Miller, Joanne, Norman, Lettie, Raggett, Noeleen, Charlie, Colleen, Hammer, Rhoda, Timothy, Marlene, Mawson, Peggy, Kearney, Amanda, Bradley, John
  • Published: 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted renewed attention among health professionals, Aboriginal community leaders, and social scientists to the need for culturally responsive preventative health measures and strategies. This article, a…

Culturally competent communication in Indigenous disability assessment: a qualitative study

  • Authors: Ferdinand, Angeline, Massey, Libby, Cullen, Jennifer, Temple, Jeromey, Meiselbach, Kristy, Paradies, Yin, Baynam, Gareth, Savarirayan, Ravi, Kelaher, Margaret
  • Published: 2021

Background: Indigenous people tend to exhibit a higher burden of disability than their non-Indigenous counterparts, and are often underserved by disability services. Engaging appropriately with Indigenous communities, families and individuals…

Is conditional welfare an effective means for reducing alcohol and drug abuse? An exploration of compulsory income management across four Australian trial sites

  • Authors: Mendes, Philip, Roche, Steven, Marston, Greg, Bielefeld, Shelley, Peterie, Michelle, Staines, Zoe, Humpage, Louise
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

Conditional welfare has become a prominent policy tool in recent years. One of the harshest forms of conditional welfare in Australia is arguably compulsory income management (CIM) which involves the…

We say we are doing primary health care but we're not: Remote area nurses’ perspectives on the challenges of providing primary health care services

  • Authors: McCullough, Kylie, Bayes, Sara, Whitehead, Lisa, Williams, Anne, Cope, Vicki
  • Published: 2021

Background Nurses are essential in global strategies to improve population health. However, there is a paucity of research that describes the application of primary health care from a nursing perspective.…

The iron content of healthy diets for one day for breastfed babies and young children

  • Authors: Leonard, Dympna, Buettner, Petra, McDermott, Robyn, Makrides, Maria
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2021

Aims Early childhood anaemia due to iron deficiency is widespread in remote communities across northern Australia. Current recommendations for healthy food to complement breastfeeding at age 6 to 23 months…

Interchangeability, immunogenicity and safety of a combined 10-valent pneumococcal Haemophilus influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine (Synflorix) and 13-valent-PCV (Prevenar13) schedule at 1-2-4-6 months: PREVIX_COMBO, a 3-arm randomised controlled trial

  • Authors: Jane Leach, Amanda, Kim Mulholland, Edward, Santosham, Mathuram, John Torzillo, Paul, McIntyre, Peter, Smith-Vaughan, Heidi, Wilson, Nicole, Arrowsmith, Beth, Beissbarth, Jemima, Chatfield, Mark D., Oguoma, Victor M., Licciardi, Paul, Skull, Sue, Andrews, Ross, Carapetis, Jonathan, McDonnell, Joseph, Krause, Vicki, Stanley Morris, Peter
  • Published: 2021

Background Aboriginal children living in remote communities are at high risk of early and persistent otitis media. Streptococcus pneumoniae and non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) are primary pathogens. Vaccines with potential…

Parent Mastery of Conversational Reading at Playgroup in Two Remote Northern Territory Communities

  • Authors: Page, Jane, Murray, Lisa, Niklas, Frank, Eadie, Patricia, Cock, Megan L., Scull, Janet, Sparling, Joseph
  • Published: 2021

This paper explores strategies that support Aboriginal parents’ mastery of evidence-based early learning strategies, and their impact on young Aboriginal children’s learning outcomes. The three-year study followed 32 parent-child dyads…

The value of informed agency for Torres Strait climate change

  • Authors: Grainger, Daniel, Watkin-Lui, Felecia, Cheer, Karen
  • Published: 2021

The challenge of aggregating research information for Torres Strait exists. Currently, research is often done in isolation. Now, more than ever, the aggregation of Torres Strait research information is needed…

Unlocking the Secrets of Terminalia Kernels Using Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy

  • Authors: Bobasa, Eshetu M., Netzel, Michael E., Phan, Ahn Dao Thi, Smyth, Heather, Sultanbawa, Yasmina, Cozzolino, Daniel
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd STM
  • Published: 2021

In recent years, the native food industry in Australia has increased in both value and volume due to the discovery of a wide range of phytochemicals (e.g. vitamin C, polyphenols)…

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