Safeguarding against Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities through the Optimisation of Primary Health Care: A Project Protocol

Hornby-Turner, Yvonne C., Russell, Sarah G., Quigley, Rachel, Matthews, Veronica, Larkins, Sarah, Hayman, Noel, Lakhan, Prabha, Flicker, Leon, Smith, Kate, McKeown, Dallas, Cadet-James, Diane, Cass, Alan, Garvey, Gail, LoGiudice, Dina, Miller, Gavin, and Strivens, Edward (2023) Safeguarding against Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities through the Optimisation of Primary Health Care: A Project Protocol. Methods and Protocols, 6 (5). 103.

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Abstract

This protocol describes the methodology and methods for a collaborative project with eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (PHC) organisations, across three Australian states and one territory, to increase clinical service performance and access to preventive health and health promotion services for preventing, identifying, treating, and managing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Aboriginal participatory action research (APAR) methodology will be the framework for this project, incorporating continuous quality improvement (CQI), informed by research yarning with stakeholder groups, comprising community members and PHC staff and service providers and data collected from the auditing of client health records and the mapping of existing clinical processes and health services at each partnering PHC organisation. The qualitative and quantitative data will be summarised and discussed with stakeholder groups. Priorities will be identified and broken down into tangible PHC organisation deliverable strategies and programs, which will be co-developed with stakeholder groups and implemented cyclically over 24 months using the Plan, Do, Study, Act model of change. Key project outcome measures include increased clinical service performance and availability of preventive health and health promotion services for safeguarding against dementia. Project implementation will be evaluated for quality and transparency from an Indigenous perspective using an appropriate appraisal tool. The project processes, impact, and sustainability will be evaluated using the RE-AIM framework. A dementia safeguarding framework and accompanying tool kit will be developed from this work to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PHC organisations to identify, implement, and evaluate dementia safeguarding practice and service improvements on a broader scale.

Item ID: 81066
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2409-9279
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Aboriginal participatory action research, continuous quality improvement, dementia, health promotion, health services research, Indigenous quality appraisal, preventive health, primary health care, research yarning
Copyright Information: © 2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Funders: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: Reducing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities GNT:1172054;2019–2025)
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2023 02:02
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420319 Primary health care @ 30%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420311 Health systems @ 40%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420605 Preventative health care @ 30%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2103 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health > 210303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health system performance @ 40%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200310 Primary care @ 30%
20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200104 Prevention of human diseases and conditions @ 30%
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