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A first of its kind culturally sensitive depression screening tool for older Indigenous Australians living in remote areas has been released.
The tool, KICA-Dep (Kimberley Indigenous cognitive assessment depression scale), has been adapted from the commonly used depression risk assessment Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), and was endorsed via a cross-sectional survey of adults aged 45 years and over from six remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Winthrop Professor Osvaldo Almeida from the University of Western Australia said, 'We anticipate that this tool will be very useful to medical professionals and others who work with remote Aboriginal Australians and have made the tool freely available and at no charge via our website.'
KICA-dep is a sub-project of the Kimberley healthy ageing project from the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing and the University of Western Australia.
Source: Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing