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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…

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…

Inter-rater agreement between 13 otolaryngologists to diagnose otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children using a telehealth approach

  • Authors: Habib, Al-Rahim, Perry, Chris, Crossland, Graeme, Patel, Hemi, Kong, Kelvin, Whitfield, Bernard, North, Hannah, Walton, Joanna, Da Cruz, Melville, Suruliraj, Anand, Smith, Murray, Harris, Rhydian, Hasan, Zubair, Gunaratne, Dakshika A., Sacks, Raymond, Singh, Narinder
  • Published: 2023

Introduction Telehealth programs are important to deliver otolaryngology services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in rural and remote areas, where distance and access to specialists is a…

Health policy evaluation in rural and remote Australia: a qualitative exploration and lessons from the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Raymond, Kate, Nathan, Sally, Harrison, Reema, Meyer, Lois
  • Published: 2023

Objective This study explored approaches of government policymakers to health policy evaluation (HPE) in Australian rural and remote settings. Methods Semi-structured interviews captured experiences and insights of 25 policymakers in…

A randomized controlled trial of Promoting Physical Activity in Regional and Remote Cancer Survivors (PPARCS)

  • Authors: Hardcastle, Sarah J., Maxwell-Smith, Chloe, Cavalheri, Vinicius, Boyle, Terry, Román, Marta Leyton, Platell, Cameron, Levitt, Michael, Saunders, Christobel, Sardelic, Frank, Nightingale, Sophie, McCormick, Jacob, Lynch, Craig, Cohen, Paul A., Bulsara, Max, Hince, Dana
  • Published: 2023

Background Physical activity (PA) is important for cancer survivors. Trials of remotely delivered interventions are needed to assist in reaching under-served non-metropolitan cancer survivors. The objective of this study was…

Decolonising the NDIS: a third space to account for First Nations' values

  • Authors: Nikidehaghani, Mona, Pupovac, Sanja
  • Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • Published: 2023

Purpose This paper aims to investigate how embedding accounting techniques of cost and budgeting within the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) potentially perpetuates colonial practices for Australian First Nations…

Transforming tourism's “field(work) of view”

  • Authors: Manfreda, Anita, Ye, Isabella Qing, Nelson-Miles, Kim
  • Published: 2023

Academic fieldwork plays a crucial role in scientific advancement, knowledge production, and research training. However, the current investigations into fieldwork often focus on conduct, methods, and techniques, leaving the experience…

A scoping review of the barriers and facilitators to accessing and utilising mental health services across regional, rural, and remote Australia

  • Authors: Kavanagh, Bianca E., Corney, Kayla B., Beks, Hannah, Williams, Lana J., Quirk, Shae E., Versace, Vincent L.
  • Published: 2023

Inadequate healthcare access and utilisation are implicated in the mental health burden experienced by those living in regional, rural, and remote Australia. Facilitators that better enable access and utilisation are…

James Wigley and the Strelley Mob: Social Realist Painting in an Aboriginal Community

  • Authors: Kral, Inge, Jorgensen, Darren
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2023

James Wigley has been historicised by Australian art scholars as a social realist, but the focus of his work through the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s differed from others who…

A review of drinking water quality issues in remote and indigenous communities in rich nations with special emphasis on Australia

  • Authors: Balasooriya, B. M. J. Kalpana, Rajapakse, Jay, Gallage, Chaminda
  • Published: 2023

This review paper examines the drinking water quality issues in remote and Indigenous communities, with a specific emphasis on Australia. Access to clean and safe drinking water is vital for…

The 5C model: A proposed continuous quality improvement framework for volunteer dental services in remote Australian Aboriginal communities

  • Authors: Patel, Jilen, Nattabi, Barbara, Long, Robyn, Durey, Angela, Naoum, Steven, Kruger, Estie, Slack-Smith, Linda
  • Published: 2023

Objectives: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in remote parts of Australia are some of the most underserviced communities in regard to oral health care. These communities rely on volunteer…

Assessing pain using facial recognition software among Aboriginal aged care residents with cognitive impairment: A retrospective cohort study

  • Authors: Rissel, Chris, Tate, Nicole, Moore, Leigh, Hughes, Jeff, Campbell, Narelle, Smith, Catherine, Lew-Fatt, Anthony, Ullah, Shahid
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2023

Objective To assess the observed pain behaviours of Aboriginal residents with cognitive impairment in aged care facilities and compare these results with a matched national sample of non-Aboriginal residents. Methods…

Staffing remote schools: Perennial failure

  • Authors: Knipe, S, Bottrell, C
  • Published: 2023

Educational and socioeconomic disadvantage in remote communities, and the inadequacies of government action to bring about significant change needs to be addressed. This article presents a descriptive study examining the…

Opportunities for clinical decision support targeting medication safety in remote primary care management of chronic kidney disease: A qualitative study in Northern Australia

  • Authors: Tan, Madeleine S. A., Patel, Bhavini K., Roughead, Elizabeth E., Ward, Michael, Reuter, Stephanie E., Roberts, Gregory, Andrade, Andre Q.
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Published: 2023

Introduction: This study aimed to identify opportunities for clinical decision support targeting medication safety in remote primary care, by investigating the relationship between clinical workflows, health system priorities, cognitive tasks,…

Which way from here? An exploration of local perspectives on strengths, needs and goals in the Aurukun Community

  • Authors: Menges, Jack R, Caltabiano, Marie L, Clough, Alan, White, Tim
  • Published: 2023

Aurukun is a small Aboriginal community located in remote Cape York, Far North Queensland. This study explores local perspectives on the goals, strengths and areas of need in the community,…

Barriers and facilitators to accessing medical services in rural and remote Australia: A systematic review

  • Authors: Thorn, H, Olley, R
  • Published: 2023

Objective: This qualitative review aims to identify and list the barriers and facilitators to accessing medical services for rural and remote Australians, within the current literature to inform policy development…

Advancing accessible kidney transplantation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce

  • Authors: Hughes, Jaquelyne T., Cundale, Katie, Owen, Kelli J., McDonald, Stephen P.
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2023

PERSPECTIVE: For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have operated and thrived within sovereign societies. The sustained and systematic effects of colonisation — which enabled…

Factors leading to diagnostic delay in tuberculosis in the tropical north of Australia

  • Authors: Vigneswaran, Nilanthy, Parnis, Roger, Lowbridge, Christopher, Townsend, David, Ralph, Anna P.
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2023

Background Tuberculosis (TB) incidence is decreasing in the Northern Territory (NT) but still exceeds rates elsewhere in Australia. Deaths and morbidity from advanced TB continue, with delay in diagnosis a…

SG-APSIC1073: Incidence and predictors of Escherichia coli–producing extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL-Ec) in Queensland, Australia, from 2010 to 2019: A population-based spatial analysis

  • Authors: Ling, Weiping, Cadavid-Restrepo, Angela, Furuya-Kanamori, Luis, Harris, Patrick N. A., Paterson, David L.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Published: 2023

Objectives: The dissemination of Escherichia coli–producing extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL-Ec) is evident in the community. In this population-based spatial analysis, we sought to describe the distribution of ESBL-Ec and to identify…

Collecting diet quality and food security data with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: results and reflections from a remote food security project

  • Authors: Tonkin, E., Chan, E., Deen, C., Stubbs, E., Brown, C., Brimblecombe, J., Fredericks, B., Booth, S., Leonard, D., Pauli, J., Ferguson, M.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Published: 2023

Collecting diet quality and food security data with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: results and reflections from a remote food security project

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