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Australian actress Noeline Brown and author Sue Pieters-Hawke shared their experience as aged care advocates with top health researchers and acting shire president Dr Anne Poelina during a trip to Broome last week.
They joined researchers from the University of Western Australia's Centre for Health and Ageing and their partners during their visit to the Kimberley. Important health research findings were shared with participating Indigenous communities and health professionals.
'It's important for the community to value our elderly people, and to use their knowledge and experience,' said Ms Pieters-Hawke co-chair of the Federal Government's Dementia Advisory board.
A team of researchers led by two geriatricians, Associate Professor Dina LoGiudice from Melbourne Health and University of Western Australia's Winthrop Professor Leon Flicker, shared their findings in workshops with participating communities and local health professionals in a bid to improve outcomes for older Indigenous people in the region.
'Those who live in regional and remote Australia often suffer poorer health and have a lower life expectancy than those in metropolitan areas - they have been overlooked and it is time that this was addressed,' said Professor Flicker.
Dr LoGiudice said the researchers had developed an easy-to-understand guide booklet based on research results. 'It aims to help clinicians identify the factors that contribute to increased independence and improved well-being for older people living in the region,' she said.
The guide booklets will be launched at the workshops and focus on dementia, depression, pain, continence and falls - identified as key areas impacting older Indigenous people living in the Kimberley.
Source: The Broome Advertiser