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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Menzies continuous quality improvement (CQI) tool to improve Indigenous health services

A continuous quality improvement (CQI) tool designed specifically for Indigenous youth aged between 12 - 25 years has been launched by the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).

Menzies’ senior principal research fellow, Professor Ross Bailie said the CQI tool is an important auditing tool as it is designed to assess the health care provided to Indigenous youth and will provide an indication of whether clients are ‘falling through gaps.' Indigenous young people are often infrequent attendees of health services, presenting only for health care at more serious stages of illness where their needs and wellbeing are sometimes overlooked. 'The youth health clinical audit tool was developed in response to sector demand to enable health services and clinicians to systematically assess the quality and delivery of healthcare provided to youth,' Professor Bailie said.

The tool collects data from health service records which is then analysed against best practice guidelines. Service providers are then provided with web-based reviews of their strengths and weaknesses.

The tool is based on national and state/territory guidelines for Indigenous healthcare and has been tested in urban, regional and remote sites in government and community-controlled health centres across four states and territories.

CEO of the Lowitja Institute, Lyn Brodie said she was looking forward to hearing of the tool’s outcomes. 'The health and wellbeing of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is critical to 'closing the gap'. Resources and tools like these when supported by consistent implementation ensures evidence translate into practice.'

The youth health clinical audit tool was developed by Menzies with the support of beyondblue and the Lowitja Institute. The youth health tool is the latest addition to the One21seventy suite of resources to support best practice primary healthcare for Indigenous people.

The youth health clinical audit tool and eLearning modules are available through the One21seventy National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care.

Source: Menzies School of Health Research

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Last updated: 21 March 2014
 
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