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Advancing health promotion in rural and remote Australia: Strategies for change

  • Authors: Smith, James A., Canuto, Karla, Canuto, Kootsy, Campbell, Narelle, Schmitt, Dagmar, Bonson, Jason, Smith, Le, Connolly, Paul, Bonevski, Billie, Rissel, Chris, Aitken, Robyn, Dennis, Christine, Williams, Carmel, Dyall, Danielle, Stephens, Donna
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2022

Rural and remote Australia is home to some of the most diverse and culturally rich communities and land in the country. This provides incredible potential to promote the health and…

Starting with us: Imagining relational, co-designed policy approaches to improve healthcare access for rural people with disability

  • Authors: Quilliam, C., O'Shea, A., Holgate, N., Alston, L.
  • Published: 2022

CONTEXT: Access to healthcare for rural Australians is a wicked problem, particularly for rural people with disability. Contemporary healthcare access frameworks in Australia tend to overlook geography, use a 'one-size-fits-all…

Developing a two-way learning monitoring program for Mankarr (Greater Bilby) in the Western Desert, Western Australia

  • Authors: Skroblin, Anja, Carboon, Tracy, Bidu, Gladys, Taylor, Muuki, Bidu, Ngamaru, Taylor, Waka, Taylor, Karnu, Miller, Minyawu, Robinson, Leah, Williams, Carol, Chapman, Nganjapayi, Marney, Mulyatingki, Marney, Carl, Biljabu, Jakayu, Biljabu, Levina, Jeffries, Pamela, Samson, Heather, Charles, Phillipa, Game, Edward T., Wintle, Brendan
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2022

Summary Indigenous people are the custodians of knowledge systems that hold detailed awareness of the environment, including applications for monitoring and management to improve biodiversity and cultural outcomes. Indigenous communities…

Räl-manapanmirr ga dhä-manapanmirr – Collaborating and connecting: Creating an educational process and multimedia resources to facilitate intercultural communication

  • Authors: Armstrong, Emily, Gapany, Dorothy, Maypilama, Ḻäwurrpa, Bukulatjpi, YuŊgirrŊa, Fasoli, Lyn, Ireland, Sarah, Lowell, Anne
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Published: 2022

Purpose: Yolngu (First Nations Australians from North-East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory) and Balanda (non-Indigenous people) often encounter communication challenges at a cultural interface during the provision of health and education…

In vitro Inhibition of respiratory pathogens by lactobacillus and alpha haemolytic streptococci from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

  • Authors: Coleman, A., Håkansson, A., Grahn Håkansson, E., Cottrell, K., Bialasiewicz, S., Zaugg, J., Cervin, A.
  • Published: 2022

AIMS: To explore the in vitro ability of alpha haemolytic streptococcus (AHS) and lactobacilli (LBs), from Indigenous Australian children, to inhibit the growth of respiratory pathogens (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae…

Workfare and food in remote Australia: ‘I haven’t eaten… I’m really at the end…’

  • Authors: Staines, Zoe, Smith, Kiah
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2022

Food security is influenced by various factors and policy settings. The related concept of food sovereignty, which emphasizes the rights of communities to 'define their own food systems', is also…

Optimal planning of remote microgrids with multi-size split-diesel generators

  • Authors: Cardenas, Gabriel A., Khezri, Rahmat, Mahmoudi, Amin, Kahourzadeh, Solmaz
  • Published: 2022

This paper proposes a multi-size Split-diesel generator (Split-DG) model with three different sizes of DGs and more switching configurations compared to the existing split-DG models. The proposed multi-size Split-DG system…

"Weaving a mat that we can all sit on": Qualitative research approaches for productive dialogue in the intercultural space

  • Authors: Haynes, Emma, Marawili, Minitja, Mitchell, Alice, Walker, Roz, Katzenellenbogen, Judith, Bessarab, Dawn
  • Published: 2022

Research remains a site of struggle for First Nations peoples globally. Biomedical research often reinforces existing power structures, perpetuating ongoing colonisation by dominating research priorities, resource allocation, policies, and services.…

Future flavours from the past: sensory and nutritional profiles of green plum (Buchanania obovata), red bush apple (Syzygium suborbiculare) and wild peach (Terminalia carpentariae) from East Arnhem Land, Australia

  • Authors: Fyfe, Selina, Schirra, Horst Joachim, Rychlik, Michael, van Doorn, Annemarie, Tinngi, Ujang, Sultanbawa, Yasmina, Smyth, Heather E.
  • Published: 2022

The green plum (Buchanania obovata), red bush apple (Syzygium suborbiculare) and wild peach (Terminalia carpentariae) all grow in remote East Arnhem Land, Australia and are eaten by the Yolŋu Aboriginal…

Cohort study comparison of Mental Health and Wellbeing Services delivered by The Royal Flying Doctor Service, across Far North and Central West Queensland

  • Authors: Gardiner, Fergus, Middleton, Jocelyn, Perera, Shamela, Gunner, Mikayla, Churilov, Leonid, Coleman, Mathew, Poole, Lee
  • Published: 2022

Summary Background Understanding cultural differences between geographical regions is essential in delivering culturally appropriate healthcare. We aimed to describe the characteristics and outcomes of diverse clients using the Far North…

Caring for someone with cancer in rural Australia

  • Authors: Gunn, Kate M., Weeks, Melanie, Spronk, Kristiaan J. J., Fletcher, Chloe, Wilson, Carlene
  • Published: 2022

Purpose: To explore the experiences of people caring for someone with cancer, while living in rural Australia, and the impact of the cancer-caring role on their well-being. Method: Eighteen adults…

Dialysis attendance patterns and health care utilisation of Aboriginal patients attending dialysis services in urban, rural and remote locations

  • Authors: Gorham, Gillian, Howard, Kirsten, Cunningham, Joan, Lawton, Paul Damian, Ahmed, A. M. Shamsir, Barzi, Federica, Cass, Alan
  • Published: 2022

Background: Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory (NT) suffer the heaviest burden of kidney failure in Australia with most living in remote areas at time of dialysis commencement. As there…

Hyperglycemia in pregnancy and developmental outcomes in children at 18–60 months of age: the PANDORA Wave 1 study

  • Authors: Titmuss, Angela, D’Aprano, Anita, Barzi, Federica, Brown, Alex D. H., Wood, Anna, Connors, Christine, Boyle, Jacqueline A., Moore, Elizabeth, OʼDea, Kerin, Oats, Jeremy, McIntyre, H. David, Zimmet, Paul, Shaw, Jonathan E., Craig, Maria E., Maple-Brown, Louise J.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Published: 2022

This study aimed to explore the association between hyperglycemia in pregnancy (type 2 diabetes (T2D) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)) and child developmental risk in Europid and Aboriginal women. PANDORA…

Health care cost of crusted scabies in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, Australia

  • Authors: Campbell, Margaret, van der Linden, Naomi, Gardner, Karen, Dickinson, Helen, Agostino, Jason, Dowden, Michelle, O’Meara, Irene, Scolyer, Meg, Woerle, Hannah, Viney, Rosalie, van Gool, Kees
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Published: 2022

Crusted scabies is characterised by thick skin crusting and fissuring and can lead to serious secondary infections and death from complications. Rates of crusted scabies in remote Aboriginal communities in…

Road traffic fatalities in rural and remote Australia from 2006 to 2017: The need for targeted action

  • Authors: Mason, Hannah M., Leggat, Peter A., Voaklander, Don, Franklin, Richard C.
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2022

Objective To explore rural motor vehicle collision (MVC) fatalities by trends over time, mode of transport, age, state, sex, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status. Design A retrospective total…

An evaluation of the financial sustainability of remote Australian local councils

  • Authors: Fellows, Caillan, Dollery, Brian, Marques, Rui
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2022

Spatial remoteness in the sense of great distances between population centres and limited access to public services is an on-going problem in Australian local government, where there exist large, sparsely…

Developing culturally appropriate food literacy resources for Aboriginal children with Foodbank WA's Superhero Foods(®)

  • Authors: Tartaglia, J., Giglia, R., Darby, J.
  • Published: 2022

ISSUE ADDRESSED: In Australia, food sovereignty of traditional landowners has been marginalised by the globalisation of food systems and resulted in limited opportunities for children to experience familiar bush tucker…

Improving services for Aboriginal women experiencing sexual violence: Working at the knowledge interface

  • Authors: Lindeman, Melissa A., Togni, Samantha J.
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2022

Aboriginal women experiencing sexual violence may not always access support services when needed, nor receive the most appropriate support when they do. Recent research suggests place-based, Aboriginal-led initiatives to respond…

Expanded pharmacy practice implementation: Lessons from remote practice

  • Authors: Taylor, Selina, Cairns, Alice, Glass, Beverley
  • Published: 2022

Aim: The aim of this study is to explore pharmacist perspectives of the implementation of a community pharmacy-based ear health service in rural communities. Method: A community pharmacy-based health service…

Breastfeeding and infant growth in offspring of mothers with hyperglycaemia in pregnancy: The pregnancy and neonatal diabetes outcomes in remote Australia study

  • Authors: Longmore, Danielle K., Titmuss, Angela, Barr, Elizabeth, Barzi, Federica, Simmonds, Alison, Lee, I. Lynn, Hawthorne, Eyvette, Derkenne, Ruth, Connors, Christine, Boyle, Jacqueline, Zimmet, Paul, O'Dea, Kerin, Oats, Jeremy, McIntyre, Harold D., Brown, Alex, Shaw, Jonathan, Maple-Brown, Louise J.
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2022

Summary Background Benefits of breastfeeding on infant growth in children born to mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) are uncertain. Objectives To describe growth trajectories between birth and 14 months…

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