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The Lowitja Institute is Australia's national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. The Institute is an innovative research body that brings together Aboriginal organisations, academic institutions and government agencies to facilitate collaborative, evidence-based research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
The Institute will host the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH) until June 2014. After that time, the Institute will fund research and implement programs in its own right, thereby providing a permanent organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an essential participant of the CRCATSIH.
Abstract adapted from the Lowitja Institute
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The interest in continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts in the Australian primary health care field, including in the Indigenous primary health care sector has increased over the last several years. This interest has supported increased financial incentives (e.g. to achieve accreditation and/or complete specific services such as health checks), attention to developing performance indicators, and moves to rationalise reporting requirements using web-based information technology.
This appraisal looked at emerging CQI initiatives within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector around Australia, their uptake within the sector, and the major barriers and facilitators to implementing these initiatives. It then identified those factors that are critical to improving the acceptability and effectiveness of CQI initiatives.
Abstract adapted from Lowitja Institute