Indigenous health programs require more than just good ideas

McCalman, Janya (2014) Indigenous health programs require more than just good ideas. The Conversation, 28 January 2014.

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[Extract] Despite efforts to close the gap, Indigenous Australians continue to suffer two-and-a-half times the burden of disease than the total Australian population, with most of the health gap caused by preventable chronic diseases.

Clearly, strengthening the capacity of the health system to deliver effective and responsive health services is a critical priority. But improving Indigenous health requires more than resources and good intentions; how the programs are implemented, evaluated and translated is equally important.

The Family Wellbeing program was developed by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people, and has great relevance and credibility in Indigenous health program delivery. It also offers important lessons on program implementation, evaluation and translation.

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Funders: Lowitja Institute, James Cook University
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 03:11
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 10%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 20%
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