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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Sharing the true stories project

 

Overview

The Sharing the true stories project was a longitudinal participatory action research project. The aim of the project was to identify and address barriers to effective communication between Aboriginal client groups and health staff in renal and hospital services in the Northern Territory. The research project - Sharing the true stories: improving communication between health staff and their Aboriginal patients - was funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical and Aboriginal Health. Stage 1 of the project was aimed at problem identification and recommendations for remedial action, and Stage 2 focused on developing and evaluating strategies and resources to bring about constructive change in health service delivery to Aboriginal client and community groups. A range of resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health were produced as a part of this project, and the project's stages were evaluated.

The project which allowed the Sharing the true stories website to be created was funded by the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care. The aim of the website was to make relevant information on inter-cultural communication accessible to health workers. The resources hosted by the website provide an introduction to, and extension of, existing cultural awareness courses. They are intended to supplement, but not replace, face to face workshops.

Abstract adapted from the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical and Aboriginal Health

Contacts

The Lowitja Institute
Ph (03) 8341 5555
Fax (03) 8341 5599
Email: admin@lowitja.org.au

To order DVD's and books contact
bryce.anbins-king@cdu.edu.au

Related publications

Cass A, Lowell A, Christie M, Snelling PL, Flack M, Marrnganyin B, Brown I (2002)

Sharing the true stories: improving communication between Aboriginal patients and healthcare workers.

Medical Journal of Australia; 176(10): 466-470

Lowell A, Brown I, Marrnanyin B, Flack M, Christie M, Snelling P, Cass A (2005)

Sharing the true stories: improving communication between health staff and Aboriginal patients. Stage 1 Report. January to August 2001.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Lowell A, Brown I, Marrnanyin B, Flack MC, Snelling P, et al (2005)

Sharing the true stories: improving communication in Indigenous health care.

Retrieved from http://www.cdu.edu.au/centres/stts/guidelines_strategies.html

The aim of this resource was to begin a process of change and develop a more informed understanding of intercultural communication, this leads to improved health outcomes for Aboriginal people. On this resource page are movie clips, DVD's, books, reports and evaluations.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Lowell A, Brown I, Marrnanyin B, Flack MCM, Snelling P, Cass A (2005)

Sharing the true stories: evaluating strategies to improve communication between health staff and Aboriginal patients: interim project report.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Coulehan K, Brown I, Christie M, Gorham G, Lowell A, Marrnanyin, Patel B (2005)

Sharing the true stories: evaluating strategies to improve communication between health staff and Aboriginal patients: stage 2 report: September 2002 to August 2005.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

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Last updated: 13 May 2014
 
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