Lung health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders: Breathing easy is not so easy

O’Grady, Kerry-Ann F., Revell, Amber, Maguire, Graeme P., Millonig, Renate, Newman, Michael A., Reid, David W., Hill, Deborah C. and Chang, Anne B. (2011) Lung health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders: Breathing easy is not so easy. Australian Health Review, 35 4: 512-519. doi:10.1071/AH10973

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Author O’Grady, Kerry-Ann F.
Revell, Amber
Maguire, Graeme P.
Millonig, Renate
Newman, Michael A.
Reid, David W.
Hill, Deborah C.
Chang, Anne B.
Title Lung health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders: Breathing easy is not so easy
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2011-09-30
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH10973
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 512
End page 519
Total pages 8
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic., Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland, to (a) determine the disease burden of common chronic lung diseases and (b) identify areas of need with respect to lung health services.

Literature reviews and analyses of hospitalisation and mortality data were used to describe disease epidemiology and available programs and services. Key stakeholder interviews and an online survey of health professionals were used to evaluate lung health services across the state and to identify services, needs and gaps.


Morbidity and mortality from respiratory diseases in the Indigenous population is substantially higher than the non-Indigenous population across all age groups and regions. There are inadequate clinical services and resources to address disease prevention, detection, intervention and management in an evidence-based and culturally acceptable fashion. There is a lack of culturally appropriate educational resources and management programs, insufficient access to appropriately engaged Indigenous health professionals, a lack of multi-disciplinary specialist outreach teams, fragmented information systems and inadequate coordination of care.

Major initiatives are required at all levels of the healthcare system to adequately address service provision for Indigenous Queenslanders with lung diseases, including high quality research to investigate the causes for poor lung health, which are likely to be multifactorial.
Keyword Health policy
Needs assessment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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