Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care: the first 18 months of a specialist respiratory outreach service to rural and remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, Australia

Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care: the first 18 months of a specialist respiratory outreach service to rural and remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, Australia Journal Article

Australian Health Review

  • Author(s): Medlin, L. G., Chang, A. B., Fong, K., Jackson, R., Bishop, P., Dent, A., Hill, D. C., Vincent, S., O'Grady, K. A.
  • Published: 2014
  • Volume: 38
  • Edition: 2014/09/03
  • ISBN: 0156-5788 (Print) 0156-5788 (Linking)

Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Respiratory diseases are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Indigenous Australians. However, there are limited approaches to specialist respiratory care in rural and remote communities that are culturally appropriate. A specialist Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care (IROC) program, developed to address this gap, is described. METHODS: The aim of the present study was to implement, pilot and evaluate multidisciplinary specialist respiratory outreach medical teams in rural and remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, Australia. Sites were identified based on a perception of unmet need, burden of respiratory disease and/or capacity to use the clinical service and capacity building for support offered. RESULTS: IROC commenced in March 2011 and, to date, has been implemented in 13 communities servicing a population of approximately 43000 Indigenous people. Clinical service delivery has been possible through community engagement and capacity building initiatives directed by community protocols. CONCLUSION: IROC is a culturally sensitive and sustainable model for adult and paediatric specialist outreach respiratory services that may be transferrable to Indigenous communities across Queensland and Australia.

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Medlin, L. G., Chang, A. B., Fong, K., Jackson, R., Bishop, P., Dent, A., Hill, D. C., Vincent, S., O'Grady, K. A., 2014, Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care: the first 18 months of a specialist respiratory outreach service to rural and remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, Australia, Edition:2014/09/03, Volume:38, Journal Article, viewed 07 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13326.

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