Integrating healthcare services for indigenous australian students at boarding schools: a mixed-methods sequential explanatory study

McCalman, Janya, Langham, Erika, Benveniste, Tessa, Wenitong, Mark, Rutherford, Katrina, Britton, Amelia, Stewart, Richard, and Bainbridge, Roxanne (2020) Integrating healthcare services for indigenous australian students at boarding schools: a mixed-methods sequential explanatory study. International Journal of Integrated Care, 20 (1). 8.

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Introduction: Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian adolescents from remote communities attend boarding schools, requiring integrated healthcare between home and schools. This study explored students’ health status, healthcare service use and satisfaction. Methodology: A two-phased mixed-methods explanatory design was implemented. 32 Indigenous primary and 188 secondary boarding school students were asked their health status, psychological distress, use of healthcare services in community and boarding school, and service satisfaction. Results were fed back to students, parents and community members, and education and healthcare staff to elicit further explanation and interpretation. Results: In the previous year, 75% of primary and 81% of secondary boarding school students had visited a doctor. More than 90% were satisfied with healthcare services used. Despite 27.1% reporting high psychological distress, students did not perceive distress as reducing their overall health, nor was distress associated with mental healthcare service use. Discussion: Despite high levels of service use and satisfaction, this study highlighted the need for improved healthcare integration for Indigenous adolescents between school-based and remote community services. Further research is needed to identify students’ expectations and models for healthcare integration. Conclusion: With resourcing, schools could play a greater role in facilitating access to healthcare.

Item ID: 67351
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1568-4156
Keywords: Adolescents, Indigenous, Integrated care, Primary healthcare, Remote, Schools
Copyright Information: © 2020 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 05:57
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4504 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing > 450409 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services @ 70%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4502 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education > 450299 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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