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The Kutjungka mortality study involves a detailed audit of health records for people in the Kutjungka region of Western Australia who have died in the last 5 years, the overall aim being to identify preventable causes of death and to inform health system improvements that may contribute to reducing rates of premature death amongst Aboriginal people in this area.
The Kutjungka region has a population of around 1,000 people across the three Aboriginal communities of Wirramanu (Balgo), Mulan and Mundibingu (Billiluna), located south of Halls Creek on the edge of the desert. The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) has provided comprehensive primary health care services in the Kutjungka since early 2006.
The aims of this study are to:
By examining the role of all health services with these patients, KAMSC hopes to identify areas where their services can be improved, as well as pass on their experience to other health services in the region (and elsewhere) in order to attempt to improve care and reduce deaths overall.
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council abstract
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
Cnr Anne St and Dora St
PO Box 1377
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9194 3200
Fax: (08) 9192 2500