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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…

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…

Exploring the impact of remoteness and socio-economic status on child and adolescent injury-related mortality in Australia

  • Authors: Peden, Amy E., Franklin, Richard C.
  • Published: 2021

Injuries are a leading cause of harm for children. This study explores the impact of determinants of health on children (0–19 years) injury-related mortality (namely remoteness and socio-economic disadvantage, calculated…

Yarning about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Outcomes of a community-based workshop

  • Authors: Reid, Natasha, Hawkins, Erinn, Liu, Wei, Page, Marjad, Webster, Heidi, Katsikitis, Mary, Shelton, Doug, Wood, Andrew, O’Callaghan, Frances, Morrissey, Shirley, Shanley, Dianne
  • Published: 2021

Introduction There is a lack of neurodevelopmental assessment services in rural and remote locations in Australia that consider fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as a possible outcome. Methods Eighty-seven participants attended…

Participatory action research applied to an ear, nose, and throat specialty service redesign in remote Australia: A mixed-methods study of key stakeholder perspectives

  • Authors: Jacups, Susan P., Kinchin, Irina, Edwards, Layla
  • Published: 2021

This mixed-methods study reports on the key stakeholders’ perspectives on the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) service redesign in remote Australia, using a participatory action research (PAR) approach. A primary…

Working with Aboriginal young people in sexual health research: a peer research methodology in remote Australia

  • Authors: Bell, Stephen, Aggleton, Peter, Lockyer, Andrew, Ferguson, Tellisa, Murray, Walbira, Silver, Bronwyn, Kaldor, John, Maher, Lisa, Ward, James
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Published: 2020

In a context of ongoing colonization and dispossession in Australia, many Aboriginal people live with experiences of health research that is done 'on' rather than 'with' or 'by' them. Recognizing…

Caring for Mum On Country: Exploring the transferability of the Birthing On Country RISE framework in a remote multilingual Northern Australian context

  • Authors: Ireland, Sarah, Maypilama, Elaine Ḻäwurrpa, Roe, Yvette, Lowell, Anne, Kildea, Sue
  • Published: 2020

Background & problem Birthing On Country (BOC) is an international movement for returning childbirth to First Nations peoples and their communities. The RISE Framework was developed to guide evidence-based BOC…

Perspectives: Leadership in rural health through policy generation: attraction and recruitment in rural Australia

  • Authors: Nowlan, Shelley, Schmalkuche, Diana, Grant, Deb
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Published: 2020

Perspectives: Leadership in rural health through policy generation: attraction and recruitment in rural Australia

Dichotic listening is associated with phonological awareness in Australian aboriginal children with otitis media: A remote community-based study

  • Authors: Sharma, Mridula, Darke, Amelia, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Demuth, Katherine
  • Published: 2020

Objective Recent literature has highlighted a link between hearing loss as a result of otitis media in the early years of life and impacted binaural processing skills in later childhood.…

The impact of hearing impairment on early academic achievement in Aboriginal children living in remote Australia: a data linkage study

  • Authors: Su, Jiunn-Yih, Guthridge, Steven, He, Vincent Yaofeng, Howard, Damien, Leach, Amanda Jane
  • Published: 2020

The prevalence of otitis media (OM) and related hearing loss has remained persistently high among some groups of Australian Aboriginal children who are also reported to have poor academic outcomes.…

Acceptability of real-time video counselling compared to other behavioural interventions for smoking cessation in rural and remote areas

  • Authors: Byaruhanga, Judith, Wiggers, John, Paul, Christine L., Byrnes, Emma, Mitchell, Aimee, Lecathelinais, Christophe, Tzelepis, Flora
  • Published: 2020

Background This study evaluated the acceptability of real-time video counselling compared to a) telephone counselling and b) written materials in assisting rural and remote residents to quit smoking. Methods Participants…

Chronic hepatitis B in remote, tropical Australia; successes and challenges

  • Authors: Hanson, Josh, Fox, Melissa, Anderson, Adam, Fox, Penny, Webster, Kate, Williams, Charlie, Nield, Blake, Bagshaw, Richard, Hempenstall, Allison, Smith, Simon, Solomon, Norma, Boyd, Peter
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Published: 2020

Introduction Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians living in remote locations suffer disproportionately from chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Defining the temporospatial epidemiology of the disease—and assessing the ability of local…

Understanding the field of rural health academic research: a national qualitative, interview-based study

  • Authors: O'Sullivan, B. G., Cairns, A., Gurney, T. M.
  • Published: 2020

INTRODUCTION: Rural areas depend on a specific evidence base that directly informs their unique health systems and population health context. Developing this evidence base and its translation depends on a…

Connection as Country: Relational values of billabongs in Indigenous northern Australia

  • Authors: Russell, Shaina, Ens, Emilie
  • Published: 2020

Relational values have recently emerged in the sustainability and ecosystem valuation literature as a way to capture the diversity of human-ecosystem relationships. Relational values have been defined as preferences, principles…

An engaged archaeology field school with a remote aboriginal community: Successes, failures, and challenges

  • Authors: Smith, Claire, Jackson, Gary, Ralph, Jordan, Brown, Nell, Rankin, Guy
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2020

This paper presents an analysis of the longest-running archaeological field school in Australia, the Barunga Community Archaeology Field School, which has been operating annually for over 20 years, since 1998.…

‘We got a different way of learning’: A message to the sector from Aboriginal students living and studying in remote communities

  • Authors: Wilks, Judith, Dwyer, Anna, Wooltorton, Sandra, Guenther, John
  • Published: 2020

Abstract: "First know your students" is a well-known saying in teaching. But do Australian universities really know their students? In this paper we present findings from research conducted in remote…

Choice-less choice for rural boarding students and their families [online]

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Osborne, Sam
  • Published: 2020

The term 'choice-less choice' in education arises from the ethical dilemma where parents are left with no option other than one they do not want to choose. In this article,…

Diabetes during pregnancy and birthweight trends among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory of Australia over 30 years

  • Authors: Hare, Matthew J. L., Barzi, Federica, Boyle, Jacqueline A., Guthridge, Steven, Dyck, Roland F., Barr, Elizabeth L. M., Singh, Gurmeet, Falhammar, Henrik, Webster, Vanya, Shaw, Jonathan E., Maple-Brown, Louise J.
  • Published: 2020

Background Early-life risk factors, including maternal hyperglycaemia and birthweight, are thought to contribute to the high burden of cardiometabolic disease experienced by Indigenous populations. We examined rates of pre-existing diabetes…

Branded with the same mobility brush – the construction workforce in the Australian resources industries

  • Author: Haslam McKenzie, Fiona M.
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2020

The construction workforce and its relationship with the resources industries is an under-researched sector of the mobile labour market. While it is broadly assumed that the construction workforce is an…

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