Strategies to improve indigenous access for urban and regional populations to health services

Hayman, Noel (2010). Strategies to improve indigenous access for urban and regional populations to health services. In: Alex Brown and Leonard Kritharides, Heart Lung and Circulation: Proceedings of the Inaugural CSANZ Indigenous Cardiovascular Health Conference. 1st Indigenous Cardiovascular Health Conference of the Cardiat Society of Australia and New Zealsnd, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (367-371). 16-17 August, 2009. doi:10.1016/j.hlc.2010.02.014

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Author Hayman, Noel
Title of paper Strategies to improve indigenous access for urban and regional populations to health services
Conference name 1st Indigenous Cardiovascular Health Conference of the Cardiat Society of Australia and New Zealsnd
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 16-17 August, 2009
Proceedings title Heart Lung and Circulation: Proceedings of the Inaugural CSANZ Indigenous Cardiovascular Health Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Heart Lung and Circulation   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Carlton South, Vic., Australia
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.02.014
ISSN 1443-9506
1444-2892
Editor Alex Brown
Leonard Kritharides
Volume 19
Issue 5-6
Start page 367
End page 371
Total pages 4
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Lack of appropriate health service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people still remains and important social determinant of ill health. Historically, health services have been absent or inappropriate. Cultural factors, financial factors and distance from health services have been important barriers limiting Indigenous access to mainstream health services. The Inala Indigenous Health Service, a mainstream health service has been able to improve Indigenous access from 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in 1995 to 4000 patients in 2009, and approximately 1200 doctor consultations each month. Community consultation and participation were the main ingredients to improving indigenous access to the service. With improved access the Inala Indigenous Health Service has been able to analyse 413 Adult Health Checks aged 15–54 years. The Adult Health Checks provide an opportunity to evaluate health status, identifying chronic disease risk factors and for implementing preventive care. The Inala Indigenous Health Service has access to the Healthy for Life Program, a Commonwealth funded quality improvement program that has improved health outcomes for patients over the past three years. All primary health care services working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health settings should have access to funded continuous quality improvement activities.
Subjects E1
1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
Keyword Aboriginal access to services
Risk factors in heart disease
Continuous quality improvement
Experience
Diseases
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Conference published in peer-reviewed journal

Document type: Conference Paper
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