Assessing community readiness to reduce consumption of sugary drinks in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: A useful tool for evaluation and co-design

Assessing community readiness to reduce consumption of sugary drinks in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: A useful tool for evaluation and co-design Journal Article

Health Promotion Journal of Australia

  • Author(s): Williams, Tiffany, Thompson, Kani, Brown, Clare, Hammond, Melinda, Cargo, Margaret, Murtha, Kirby
  • Published: 2022
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • ISBN: 1036-1073

Abstract: Issue addressed: There is a need for culturally appropriate methods in the implementation and evaluation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs. A group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners culturally adapted and applied the Tri-Ethnic Research Centre's Community Readiness Tool (CRT) to evaluate change in community readiness and reflect on its appropriateness. Methods: Aboriginal community-controlled health service staff informed the cultural adaptation of the standard CRT. The adapted CRT was then used at baseline and 12-month follow-up in three remote communities in the Cape York region, Queensland, Australia. Program implementation occurred within a pilot project aiming to influence availability of drinking water and sugary drinks. Results: The adapted CRT was found to be feasible and useful. Overall mean readiness scores increased in two communities, with no change in the third community. CRT interview data were used to develop community action plans with key stakeholders that were tailored to communities' stage of readiness. Considerations for future application of the CRT were the importance of having a pre-defined issue, time and resource-intensiveness of the process, and need to review appropriateness prior to implementation in other regions. Conclusion: The adapted CRT was valuable for evaluating the project and co-designing strategies with stakeholders, and holds potential for further applications in health promotion in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. So what? This project identified benefits of CRT application not reported elsewhere. The adapted CRT adds a practical method to the toolkits of health promotors and evaluators for working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to address priority concerns.

  • Urls: https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.639
  • Keywords: aboriginal Australians, community action, indigenous health services, planning methodology, program evaluation, sugar-sweetened beverages

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Williams, Tiffany, Thompson, Kani, Brown, Clare, Hammond, Melinda, Cargo, Margaret, Murtha, Kirby, 2022, Assessing community readiness to reduce consumption of sugary drinks in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: A useful tool for evaluation and co-design, Journal Article, viewed 15 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=37498.

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