Starting to Smoke: Experiences of Indigenous Youth – Lowitja Institute – 2013

Posted on March 18, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , |

Starting to Smoke: Experiences of Indigenous Youth – Lowitja Institute – 2013

Vanessa Johnston, David Thomas, Darren Westphal & Cyan Earnshaw

“This report sets out the background, research design, findings and conclusions of the ‘Starting to Smoke’ project. The aim of the project was to explore the determinants of smoking among Indigenous young people with a particular emphasis on the social and cultural processes that underlie tobacco use patterns among this group. This project was undertaken in the Northern Territory and involved two sites: one in Darwin and one in a remote community in Arnhem Land.”

 

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Managing Two Worlds Together: Stage 2—Patient Journey Mapping Tools – The Lowitja Institute – May 2012

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Patient Journey | Tags: |

Managing Two Worlds Together: Stage 2—Patient Journey Mapping Tools – The Lowitja Institute – May 2012

by J. Kelly, J. Dwyer, B. Pekarsky, T. Mackean, E. Willis, M, Battersby & J. Glover

ISBN 978-1-921889-19-6

“The Managing Two Worlds Together project aims to add to existing knowledge of what works well and what needs improvement in the system of care for Aboriginal patients from rural and remote areas of South Australia (and parts of the Northern Territory). It explores their complex patient journeys and what happens when they come to Adelaide for hospital care.

Stage 2 focuses on solutions and consists of a small set of action research projects. The patient journey mapping tools are the first output of Stage 2. This project has focused on the specific needs and journeys of country Aboriginal patients in South Australia.”

Managing Two Worlds Together project page (Flinders University website)

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Building a Legal Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – March 2012

Posted on April 16, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: , |

Building a Legal Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – March 2012

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Legally Invisible — How Australian Laws Impede Stewardship and Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – November 2011

Posted on January 16, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Legally Invisible — How Australian Laws Impede Stewardship and Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – Lowitja Institute – November 2011

Discussion Paper by Genevieve Howse
ISBN 978-1-921889-17-2

“This paper explains the options available for Australian governments to articulate and allocate responsibilities for the health and health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in an enduring, reliable form. It was commissioned by the Lowitja Institute – Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research in response to widespread recognition of problems in the policy and administrative arrangements for health and health care for Australia’s First Peoples, including lack of clarity about the responsibilities of governments at various levels.”

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Taking Care of Business: Corporate Services for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services – Overview Report, a Summary Report and Case Studies – Lowitja Institute – August 2011

Posted on August 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

Taking Care of Business: Corporate Services for Indigenous Primary Health Care Services – Overview Report, a Summary Report and Case Studies – Lowitja Institute – August 2011

These reports are products of the Support Systems Project, which focused on corporate support for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). The project will also produce a web tool, which will be available soon.

The Overview Report highlights the capacity of the ACCHS sector to develop innovative solutions to difficult issues while working in a quickly changing environment.  It was written by Kate Silburn, Alister Thorpe and Ian Anderson. A four page Summary Report is also available.

The Case Studies focuses specifically on existing models for sharing corporate services and highlights the different ways those working in the sector have developed strategies for addressing their specific needs.  They were written by Kate Silburn, Alister Thorpe and Ian Anderson with Bila Muuji Health Services Incorporated, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Katherine West Health Board, and Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.

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Genetic Research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Beginning the Conversation – August 2011

Posted on August 22, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Genomics, Research | Tags: |

Genetic Research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Beginning the Conversation – August 2011

by Emma Kowal, Lobna Rouhani, & Ian Anderson

“This discussion paper is the outcome of the first ever national discussion of the conduct of genetic research in Indigenous communities in Australia convened by the Lowitja Institute in 2010. It reviews the ethical issues relevant to genetic research in an Australian Indigenous context; existing guidelines for genetic research in indigenous communities internationally; and literature on genetic literacy in Indigenous contexts. Finally, the discussion paper presents a summary of the productive and challenging conversations at the roundtable.”

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Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report – The Lowitja Institute – 2011

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: |

Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report – The Lowitja Institute – 2011

Schierhout, G., Brands, J. & Bailie, R. 2010, Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.   ISBN 978-1-921889-00-4

Extract from the key messages”

“It is well recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have unacceptably high levels of chronic disease, but the concrete actions governments and other stakeholders can take to make a difference to health care processes and outcomes are less clear. The Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension (ABCD) Extension project is a primary health care quality improvement intervention that is based on international best practice in primary health care. It has been developed and implemented in collaboration with peak bodies in the  community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.”

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Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project 2005–2009: Final Report – March 2011

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: |

Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project 2005–2009: Final Report – March 2011
Menzies School of Health Research and The Lowitja Institute 2010

ISBN 978-1-921889-00-4

Schierhout, G., Brands, J. & Bailie, R. 2010, Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension Project, 2005–2009: Final Report, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.

Key messages

“It is well recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have unacceptably high levels of chronic disease, but the concrete actions governments and other stakeholders can take to make a difference to health care processes and outcomes are less clear. The Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease Extension (ABCD) Extension project is a primary health care quality improvement intervention that is based on international best practice in primary health care. It has been developed and implemented in collaboration with peak bodies in the community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.

With more than 100 health centres around Australia using ABCD tools and processes at its completion, the project demonstrates that a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) intervention can be both acceptable and feasible across diverse health centres providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The project shows that given the right support for such initiatives, substantial improvements in the quality of care and in intermediate health outcomes are attainable.”  …continues

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Aboriginal People Travelling Well: Community Report, The Lowitja Institute – 30 August 2010

Posted on September 6, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health | Tags: |

Aboriginal People Travelling Well: Community Report, The Lowitja Institute – 30 August 2010

“The research described in this report focuses on the interaction between access to safe transport and the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in several distinct South Australian Aboriginal communities (urban, regional and remote). It draws on the fragmented literature and, through interviews and focus groups with Aboriginal people and their service providers, starts to develop a coherent view of the issues and possible responses.”

Download report: Helps, Y., Moodie, D. & Warman, G. 2010, Aboriginal People Travelling Well: Community Report, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.

More information: Aboriginal People Travelling Well project.

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Improving the Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Mainstream General Practice – The Lowitja Institute – August 2010

Posted on September 6, 2010. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, General Practice, Health Informatics | Tags: |

Kelaher, M., Parry, A., Day, S., Paradies, Y., Lawlor, J. & Solomon, L. 2010, Improving the Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Mainstream General Practice, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.

Download media release: GPs can help Close the Gap: Report (27 August 2010)

Publication: Improving Identification for GP Services

“The Lowitja Institute and the Australian National University have launched a new publication with recommendations on how GPs can help Close the Gap.

Better identification of Indigenous patients in general practices would improve their access to Medicare benefits such as health checks that could help ‘Close the Gap’, yet many GPs don’t consider ethnicity to be relevant to quality of care, according to a study from The Australian National University.
 
The study, commissioned by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APCHRI) at ANU and conducted under the auspices of The Lowitja Institute, reviewed the effectiveness of strategies that aim to improve the identification of Indigenous people.
 
National data and research evidence indicate that less than one third of general practices routinely collect information on the Indigenous status of patients. Improved identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients would support new ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives to extend the delivery of routine health checks and chronic disease management services. “

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