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Indigenous Health

Indigenous Health Overview


  • Aboriginal Health Profile


  • This paper again affirms that within northern NSW, stark and unacceptable difference in health status exists within our community. Another paper, another report, another reminder that the situation is not good enough. We may well argue that we do not need to be told again – it is a part of every Aboriginal person’s life every day, and ought be at the forefront of effort for every health practitioner and every health manager. Yet sadly, it is not. This report highlights not just that there remains substantial evidence of compromise in Aboriginal health status, but drives home that the Aboriginal community cannot or does not access services that, in part, may redress this compromise. Click Here


  • Stop Smoking it its Tracks is a collaborative project which aims to reduce smoking rates in pregnant Aboriginal women. The program of work began in 2007 and is guided by a community reference group.  To date we have completed: a qualitative study with Aboriginal pregnant women on the North Coast; a survey of NSW and ACT Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Strategy (AMIHS) staff; and a survey of NSW and ACT AMIHS clients. The development and trial of a quitting program “Stop Smoking in its Tracks” in rural NSW is currently underway.

             UCRH staff:        Megan Passey, Janelle Stirling, Jennifer Gale, Catherine Malla    

             Funding:             Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing


  • To understand how to make Home Medication Reviews (HMR) more culturally appropriate, we have conducted several focus groups organised through Aboriginal Medical Services around Australia. The evidence is currently being analysed.

             UCRH staff:        Lindy Swain, Janelle Stirling, Lesley Barclay

             Funding:             Pharmacy Guild of Australia


  •   To explore the experiences and perceptions of Aboriginal haemodialysis patients in rural NSW in order to contribute to strategies that will improve quality of life and outcomes for these patients. The project will also identify and highlight any communication issues between the staff and patients.

UCRH staff:        Liz Rix, Janelle Stirling, Lesley Barclay

Funding:             The Clinical Excellence Commission of NSW: Ian O’Rourke scholarship in patient safety


  • Improving counselling outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through action research    and formal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This study involves formal CBT training and focus groups to assess the suitability of the training and use of the therapy with Aboriginal counsellors.

UCRH Staff:       James Bennett-Levy, Shawn Wilson, Janelle Stirling

Funding:             UCRH Funds

  • 1+1=A Healthy Start to Life aims to improve the quality of services provided for remote dwelling Northern Territory Aboriginal women and infants during pregnancy and the year after birth. We have completed the first phase, with baseline maternal infant health data collected and analysed. Our ethnographic data on infant health is complete and an evaluation of interventions is in train. The sub-study on costing is developed with the data collection underway.

UCRH Staff:        Lesley Barclay, Sara Bar-Zeev, Malinda Steenkamp 

Funding:              National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia