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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…

Use of reimbursed psychology videoconference services in Australia after their introduction: An investigation using administrative data

  • Authors: Wilson, Alexandra, Moretto, Nicole, Langbecker, Danette, Snoswell, Centaine L.
  • Published: 2020

Background In November 2017, the Australian government approved reimbursement for psychology consultations conducted by videoconference under the Better Access initiative to address inequitable access of mental health services across regions…

P5 Clinical utility of stress echocardiography in remote indigenous and non-indigenous populations: a 10-year study in central Australia

  • Authors: Ratwatte, S, Costello, B, Kangaharan, N, Bolton, K, Kaur, A, Corkhill, W, Kuepper, B, Sanders, P, Wong, C X
  • Published: 2020

Central Australia is a vast, geographical region spanning some 830,000 square kilometres. It is the most populous Indigenous region in Australia (44%) and a great distance from tertiary centres (1,500km).…

Gambling in Rural and Remote South Australia

  • Authors: Gannon, Elly, Delfabbro, Paul, Sutherland, Carly
  • Published: 2020

Although most people gamble safely, national prevalence rates indicate that approximately 0.2 to 1% of the Australian population experience problems with gambling. An issue that has not been extensively researched…

Did DI do it? The impact of a programme designed to improve literacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote schools

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Osborne, Samuel
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Published: 2020

Over the 10 years of ‘Closing the Gap’, several interventions designed to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have been trialled. In 2014 the Australian Government announced…

Cord blood metabolic markers are strong mediators of the effect of maternal adiposity on fetal growth in pregnancies across the glucose tolerance spectrum: the PANDORA study

  • Authors: Lee, I. Lynn, Barr, Elizabeth L. M., Longmore, Danielle, Barzi, Federica, Brown, Alex D. H., Connors, Christine, Boyle, Jacqueline A., Kirkwood, Marie, Hampton, Vanya, Lynch, Michael, Lu, Zhong X., O’Dea, Kerin, Oats, Jeremy, McIntyre, H. David, Zimmet, Paul, Shaw, Jonathan E., Maple-Brown, Louise J., on behalf of the, Pandora study team
  • Published: 2020

Aims/hypothesis: We aimed to assess associations between cord blood metabolic markers and fetal overgrowth, and whether cord markers mediated the impact of maternal adiposity on neonatal anthropometric outcomes among children…

The delivery of Primary Health Care in remote communities: A Grounded Theory study of the perspective of nurses

  • Authors: McCullough, Kylie, Whitehead, Lisa, Bayes, Sara, Williams, Anne, Cope, Vicki
  • Published: 2020

Background Australia has vast areas of desert, wilderness and offshore islands where nurses provide the majority of health care services. The residents of Australia's remote communities generally have poorer health…

Trust, culture and communication: determinants of eye health and care among Indigenous people with diabetes in Australia

  • Authors: Yashadhana, Aryati, Fields, Ted, Blitner, Godfrey, Stanley, Ruby, Zwi, Anthony B.
  • Published: 2020

Introduction Our study aimed to identify factors that influence access to eye care and eye health outcomes for remote Indigenous Australians living with diabetes.Methods In collaboration with Indigenous Community-Based Researchers…

The impact of hearing impairment on the life trajectories of Aboriginal children in remote Australia: Protocol for the Hearing Loss in Kids Project

  • Authors: Su, Jiunn-Yih, He, Vincent Yaofeng, Guthridge, Steven, Silburn, Sven
  • Published: 2020

Background: Previous studies have reported a high prevalence of chronic otitis media (OM) and hearing impairment (HI) in Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. Children affected by…

All-cause mortality following low-dose aspirin treatment for patients with high cardiovascular risk in remote Australian Aboriginal communities: an observational study

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Jeyaraman, Kanakamani, Burgess, Paul, Connors, Christine, Guthridge, Steven, Maple-Brown, Louise, Falhammar, Henrik
  • Published: 2020

Objectives To evaluate the benefit and risk of low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) in patients from remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, Australia.Design Retrospective cohort study using primary care and…

Hearing loss and speech understanding in noise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from locations varying in remoteness and socio-educational advantage

  • Authors: Mealings, Kiri, Harkus, Samantha, Hwang, Jennifer, Fragoso, Jacinto, Chung, King, Dillon, Harvey
  • Published: 2020

Objective Otitis media resulting in conductive hearing loss is a major health issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, which can also lead to the child developing spatial processing…

Developing the future rural nursing workforce: report on a nursing roundtable

  • Authors: Collett, Marjorie J., Fraser, Claire, Thompson, Sandra C.
  • Published: 2020

Background There are ongoing health workforce shortages in rural Australia with nurses a major component of the provision of health care. Training for nursing students in rural areas is one…

Creating opportunities for vulnerable indigenous learners to succeed in vocational education

  • Author: Jorgensen, Robyn
  • Published: 2020

Remote indigenous students in the Australian context are often the most vulnerable learners in the nation. Many factors impact on the potential for success. For those living in remote areas…

Providing palliative care closer to home: a retrospective analysis from a remote Australian hospital

  • Authors: Watson, Benjamin J., Budd, Richard, Waran, Eswaran, Scott, Ian, Quilty, Simon
  • Published: 2020

Background Rural and remote patients have reduced access to palliative care, often resulting in inter-hospital transfers and death a long way from home and family. Katherine Hospital (KH), a 50-bed…

Addressing neglected contexts of ageing: The situationin remote northern Australia

  • Author: Gibb, Heather
  • Published: 2020

This paper examines why many older people living in remote parts of northern Australia areunable to access appropriate, or in some cases, any care services to support ageing in place.…

Binaural processing and phonological awareness in Australian Indigenous children from the Northern Territory: A community based study

  • Authors: Sharma, Mridula, Wigglesworth, Gillian, Savage, Gemma, Demuth, Katherine
  • Published: 2020

Objective Research has found that otitis media (OM) is highly prevalent in Australian Indigenous children, and repeated bouts of OM is often associated with minimal-to-moderate hearing loss. However, what is…

Impact of legislative change on waiting time for women accessing surgical abortion services in a rural hospital in the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Belton, Suzanne, McQueen, Georgia, Ali, Edwina
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2020

Background Women face challenges when accessing abortion, including varied legislation and reduced access to services in rural and remote settings. There are limited clinical guidelines in Australia and little information…

Social and economic factors, maternal behaviours in pregnancy and neonatal adiposity in the PANDORA cohort

  • Authors: Krista Longmore, Danielle, Laurel Mary Barr, Elizabeth, Barzi, Federica, Lee, I. Lynn, Kirkwood, Marie, Connors, Christine, Boyle, Jacqueline, O'Dea, Kerin, Zimmet, Paul, Oats, Jeremy, Catalano, Patrick, David Mcintyre, H., Brown, Alex D. H., Shaw, Jonathan E., Maple-Brown, Louise J.
  • Published: 2020

Background Australian Indigenous women experience high rates of social disadvantage and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in pregnancy, but it is not known how social factors and maternal behaviours impact neonatal…

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…

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