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Exploring Educational Engagement and Completion Rates of Aboriginal Students of a remote area of the Northern Territory: Woolaning

  • Authors: Walker, Lyndal, Wescombe-Down, D
  • Published: 2012

Exploring Educational Engagement and Completion Rates of Aboriginal Students of a remote area of the Northern Territory: Woolaning

An investigation into why students from regional South Australia choose to study business programs in the capital city

  • Authors: Sawyer, Janet, Ellis, Bronwyn
  • Published: 2011

Although Business undergraduate studies are available at the University of South Australia's (UniSA) Centre for Regional Engagement (CRE), both at the Whyalla Campus and the Mount Gambier Regional Centre (MGRC),…

A healed and healthy country: understanding healing for Indigenous Australians

  • Author: Mackean, T
  • Published: 2009

A healed and healthy country: understanding healing for Indigenous Australians

‘Red dust homelessness’: Housing, home and homelessness in remote Australia

  • Authors: Zufferey, Carole, Chung, Donna
  • Published: 2015

Homelessness is often conceptualised as an urban problem. However, significant numbers of people experiencing homelessness live in regional, rural and remote areas, where distances can be considerable and there are…

Building Co-Management as a Process: Problem Solving Through Partnerships in Aboriginal Country, Australia

  • Authors: Zurba, Melanie, Ross, Helen, Izurieta, Arturo, Rist, Philip, Bock, Ellie, Berkes, Fikret
  • Published: 2012

Collaborative problem solving has increasingly become important in the face of the complexities in the management of resources, including protected areas. The strategy undertaken by Girringun Aboriginal Corporation in north…

Racism, social resources and mental health for Aboriginal people living in Adelaide

  • Authors: Ziersch, Anna, Gallaher, Gilbert, Baum, Fran, Bentley, Michael
  • Published: 2011

Background: This paper examines whether reported experience of racism by Aboriginal people living in Adelaide is negatively associated with mental health, and whether social resources ameliorate the mental health effects…

The relationship between number of primary health care visits and hospitalisations: evidence from linked clinic and hospital data for remote Indigenous Australians

  • Authors: Zhao, Y., Wright, J., Guthridge, S., Lawton, P.
  • Published: 2013

BACKGROUND: Primary health care (PHC) is widely regarded as essential for preventing and treating ill health. However, the evidence on whether improved PHC reduces hospitalisations has been mixed. This study…

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…

Cost impact of high staff turnover on primary care in remote Australia

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Russell, Deborah J., Guthridge, Steven, Ramjan, Mark, Jones, Michael P., Humphreys, John S., Wakerman, John
  • Published: 2018

Objectives The aim of this study was to estimate the costs of providing primary care and quantify the cost impact of high staff turnover in Northern Territory (NT) remote communities.Methods…

Long-term trends in supply and sustainability of the health workforce in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory of Australia

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Russell, Deborah J., Guthridge, Steven, Ramjan, Mark, Jones, Michael P., Humphreys, John S., Carey, Timothy A., Wakerman, John
  • Published: 2017

International evidence suggests that a key to improving health and attaining more equitable health outcomes for disadvantaged populations is a health system with a strong primary care sector. Longstanding problems…

Cost drivers of remote clinics: remoteness and population size

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Malyon, Rosalyn
  • Published: 2010

This report examines the impact of remoteness and population size on the costs of providing primary health care services in remote Northern Territory Indigenous communities. For remote health clinics servicing…

Estimating chronic disease prevalence among the remote Aboriginal population of the Northern Territory using multiple data sources

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Connors, Christine, Wright, Jo, Guthridge, Steve, Bailie, Ross
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Published: 2008

Objective: To determine the prevalence rates of hypertension, diabetes, ischaemic heart disease (IHD), renal disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and their co-occurrence among the remote Aboriginal population of…

Relationship between primary care visits and hospital admissions in remote Indigenous patients with diabetes: A multivariate spline regression model

  • Authors: Zhao, Yuejen, Connors, Christine, Lee, Andy H., Liang, Wenbin
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Published: 2015

This is an observational study in remote Indigenous communities, examining relations between primary and hospital care for diabetes management. The level of hospitalisation for diabetes patients was minimised when the…

Indigenous Patient Migration Patterns After Hospitalisation and the Potential Impacts on Mortality Estimates

  • Authors: Yuejen Zhao, John R. Condon, Shu Qin Li, Steven Guthridge, Ramakrishna Chondur
  • Published: 2013

This study analysed interregional migration for Indigenous patients in the Northern Territory, Australia. Individual-level linked hospitalisation data between July 1998 and June 2011 were used to describe the migration patterns…

Living longer with a greater health burden – changes in the burden of disease and injury in the Northern Territory Indigenous population between 1994–1998 and 1999–2003

  • Authors: Zhao, Y, Condon, JR, Guthridge, S, You, J
  • Published: 2010

Objective: To measure changes over time in the burden of disease for Northern Territory (NT) Indigenous and non-Indigenous population. Methods: The numbers, and crude and age-adjusted rates of disability adjusted…

Resting heart rate, physiological stress and disadvantage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: analysis from a cross-sectional study

  • Authors: Zhang, Alice, Hughes, Jaquelyne T., Brown, Alex, Lawton, Paul D., Cass, Alan, Hoy, Wendy, O’Dea, Kerin, Maple-Brown, Louise J.
  • Published: 2016

Lower socioeconomic status has been linked to long-term stress, which can manifest in individuals as physiological stress. The aim was to explore the relationship between low socioeconomic status and physiological…

Nutrition project in a remote Australian aboriginal community

  • Authors: Zeunert, Sally, Cerro, Nadia, Boesch, Lorinda, Duff, Marcelle, Shephard, Mark D., Jureidini, Kenneth F., Braun, Janice
  • Published: 2002

Much of the ill health of Australian indigenous populations can be attributed to diet-related diseases. This community nutrition project is part of a wider renal screening and prevention program based…

Perceptions of pastoralists and conservation reserve managers on managing feral camels and their impacts

  • Authors: Zeng, B, Edwards, GP
  • Published: 2010

The perceptions of people living within the current range of feral camels and involved in the pastoral industry and conservation reserve management were assessed through a questionnaire survey. The survey…

The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program for aboriginal mothers and babies: Describing client complexity and implications for program delivery

  • Authors: Zarnowiecki, Dorota, Nguyen, Ha, Catherine, Hampton, Boffa, John, Segal, Leonie
  • Published: 2018

Context The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program is a home visiting program for Aboriginal mothers and infants (pregnancy to child's second birthday) adapted from the US Nurse Family Partnership program. It…

Rewards for providing environmental services — Where indigenous Australians' and western perspectives collide

  • Authors: Zander, Kerstin K., Dunnett, Desleigh R., Brown, Christine, Campion, Otto, Garnett, Stephen T.
  • Published: 2013

Rewards for environmental service provision, couched under market-based instruments, are widely touted in Australia as a means of improving natural resource management while empowering indigenous people. We document here the…

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