A comprehensive primary health care approach: improving health outcomes in a remote Indigenous community

A comprehensive primary health care approach: improving health outcomes in a remote Indigenous community Conference Paper

10th National Rural Health Conference: Rural Health: the place to be...

  • Author(s): Anni Kerr, Natasha Freeman
  • Published: 2009

Abstract: The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Qld Section (RFDS) is one of two organisations funded to manage the Improved Primary Health Care Initiative (IPHCI), in Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland. The initiative which is funded by the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing aims to improve the health outcomes for residents in five remote communities of Cape York (a predominantly Indigenous population). The main strategy for achieving this aim is through the provision of additional health services specifically targeted to address the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. In particular, the project utilises a primary health care approach which aims to make services more accessible, appropriate and sustainable and facilitate community participation in health service planning and delivery. Working in conjunction with IPHCI is the Healthy for Life Program (H4L) which focuses on maternal and child health and the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. The program is funded by OATSIH, auspiced by Qld Health, Cape York Health Service District (CYHSD) and partly sub-contracted to the RFDS. Funding provides for the enhancement of existing RFDS maternal and child health services. The following document provides an overview of the model of care followed by these two programs to deliver a maternal and child health service in one remote community of Cape York Peninsula (Kowanyama).

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Anni Kerr, Natasha Freeman, 2009, A comprehensive primary health care approach: improving health outcomes in a remote Indigenous community, Conference Paper, viewed 19 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3072.

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