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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…

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…

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…

Receiving essential health services on country: Indigenous Australians, native title and the United Nations Declaration

  • Authors: Creamer, S., Hall, N. L.
  • Published: 2019

Objectives The aim of the study was to investigate the public health challenge to provide chronic disease management to Indigenous Australians who wish to remain on traditional lands and not…

Multidisciplinary perceptions of working with children and their parents in small rural and remote Australian hospitals

  • Authors: Smyth, Wendy, Al Mamun, Abdullah, Shields, Linda
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Published: 2019

This study elicited perceptions of nurses, doctors and allied health staff in rural and remote health facilities, about working with children and parents. This was a quantitative study using 'Working…

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]…

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…

The relationship between low adult literacy levels and Aboriginal family and community engagement in educational decision making

  • Authors: Ratcliffe, Ruth, Boughton, Bob
  • Published: 2019

This article draws on work with communities in the rural and remote towns of Brewarrina, Wilcannia and Enngonia, New South Wales (NSW) to explore the relationship between low adult literacy…

Costs and effects of higher turnover of nurses and Aboriginal health practitioners and higher use of short-term nurses in remote Australian primary care services: an observational cohort study

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Russell, Deborah Jane, Guthridge, Steven, Ramjan, Mark, Jones, Michael P, Humphreys, John S, Wakerman, John
  • Published: 2019

Objectives To compare the costs and effects of higher turnover of resident nurses and Aboriginal health practitioners and higher use of agency-employed nurses in remote primary care (PC) services and…

Rethinking evaluation for improved health outcomes: Implications for remote Australia

  • Authors: Carey, Timothy A., Fauth, James M., Tremblay, George C.
  • Published: 2019

Despite enduring and unacceptable disparities in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as well as people living in rural and remote locations, evidence indicates that health services…

What counts? The influence of school attendance on Australia’s urban Indigenous students’ educational achievement

  • Authors: Baxter, Lindy P., Meyers, Noel M.
  • Published: 2019

Formal primary and secondary school education for all students should provide a pathway to overcome inequality and disadvantage. Logically, attending school regularly and often during the compulsory years of school…

The picture talk project: Aboriginal community input on consent for research

  • Authors: Fitzpatrick, Emily FM, Macdonald, Gaynor, Martiniuk, Alexandra LC, Oscar, June, D’Antoine, Heather, Carter, Maureen, Lawford, Tom, Elliott, Elizabeth J
  • Published: 2019

Background: The consent and community engagement process for research with Indigenous communities is rarely evaluated. Research protocols are not always collaborative, inclusive or culturally respectful. If participants do not trust…

Collaborating for sustainable water and energy management: Assessment and categorisation of Indigenous involvement in remote Australian communities

  • Authors: Jackson, Melissa, Stewart, Rodney A., Fielding, Kelly S., Cochrane, Jessie, Beal, Cara D.
  • Published: 2019

Indigenous peoples living in remote areas are often reliant on Governments for essential services and local economic development opportunities. Collaboration and partnership in resource planning and management is espoused as…

Observing and respecting diverse knowledge traditions in a digital archive of Indigenous language materials

  • Authors: Bow, Catherine, Hepworth, Patricia
  • Published: 2019

Australian copyright law and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) have always sat uncomfortably together, each with their own internal logic and legitimacy, but forcing certain arrangements and compromises when…

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