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The Central Australia renal study was a joint study by the Australian, Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australian Governments. The study was designed to develop a range of feasible clinical service delivery models and care pathways to best meet (current and projected) needs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients from remote communities requiring dialysis in Central Australia. The study was funded by the Australian Government and conducted by the George Institute for Global Health for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
The study was commissioned to assess the issues surrounding the delivery of renal services in Central Australia and took account of stakeholder consultation and activity-based data. The findings were to inform policy recommendations on the most effective and feasible service delivery options and care pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in need of renal services, including dialysis, and identify issues around the distribution of these services.
Abstract adapted from Department of Health and Ageing
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The central Australia renal study was a joint study by the Australian, Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australian Governments, conducted by the George Institute for Global Health for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. The study was undertaken to inform the governments in the cross‐jurisdictional region to make evidence based policy decisions to better meet the health and service needs of Aboriginal dialysis patients in the region, in affordable and sustainable ways. Building on work already undertaken by the Government in the development of National services guidelines for the management of dialysis and kidney transplantation in Remote Australia 2006, the current study also takes into account stakeholder consultation and activity-based data. Key findings identified current and future treatment issues such as those associated with location and cost. A preferred renal services model was presented as a primary recommendation of the study with the model representing a structured and sustainable transition from the current urban facility model, to expansion of community based care as a way of addressing the current gaps in service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander renal patients.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract