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Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities

 

Overview

The aim of the Chronic condition management (CCM) strategies in Aboriginal communities research project was to evaluate the effectiveness of tailoring mainstream chronic care management strategies to suit Aboriginal clients and settings. This was achieved through assessing the health outcomes and impacts, and the sustainability of the strategies. 

The project was conducted by a team from Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, in collaboration with Indigenous clients and community members from Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc. and Riverland Community Health Service.

 Interviews with clients confirmed the benefits of CCM strategies including:

Abstract adapted from the Lowitja Institute

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Related publications

Care plan health promotion poster: a way of reading and learning chronic condition self management in Aboriginal communities (2010)

Gahanao P, Van Pelt P, Kowanko I, Helps Y

This poster was developed as part of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities program in South Australia. It describes the process by which health promotion posters were developed with the permission from three 'self management stars', Wally, Jackie and Isabel. It also describes the strategies that were successful in encouraging clients to successfully manage their chronic condition including the development of meaningful charts to plot their progress.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Harvey PW, Petkov J, Kowanko I, Helps Y, Battersby M (2013)

Chronic condition management and self-management in Aboriginal communities in South Australia: outcomes of a longitudinal study.

Australian Health Review; 37(2): 246-250

This paper describes the longitudinal component of a larger mixed methods study into the processes and outcomes of chronic condition management and self-management strategies implemented in three Indigenous communities in South Australia. The study was designed to document the connection between the application of structured systems of care for Indigenous people and their longer-term health status.

Abstract adapted from Australian Health Review

Chronic condition self management stars [Isabel] (2010)

Gahanao P, Van Pelt P, Helps Y, Kowanko I

This poster is one of four developed as part of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities program in South Australia. The posters were developed to encourage clients to get involved in their own care planning, and feature real-life program participants. The posters in the set are:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chronic condition self management stars [Jackie] (2010)

Gahanao P, Van Pelt P, Helps Y, Kowanko I

This poster is one of four developed as part of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities program in South Australia. The posters were developed to encourage clients to get involved in their own care planning, and feature real-life program participants. The posters in the set are:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Chronic condition self management stars [Wally] (2010)

Gahanao P, Van Pelt P, Helps Y, Kowanko I

This poster is one of four developed as part of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities program in South Australia. The posters were developed to encourage clients to get involved in their own care planning, and feature real-life program participants. The posters in the set are:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Could you be a self management star? (2010)

McCurry B, Helps Y, Kowanko I

This poster is one of four developed as part of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities program in South Australia. The posters were developed to encourage clients to get involved in their own care planning, and feature real-life program participants. The posters in the set are:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Helps Y, Kowanko I (2011)

Riverland Aboriginal chronic disease support group community storybook 2011.

Melbourne: Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

This community storybook showcases the Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group (RACDSG). The storybook demonstrates how, in partnership with health professionals, Aboriginal people from the Riverland area in rural South Australia are taking an active part in managing their chronic conditions. The storybook tells how and why RACDSG was formed, and how the Riverland Community Health Service is involved with RACDSG. Also described are:

Abstract adapted from Riverland Aboriginal Chronic Disease Support Group

Evaluated publications

Kowanko I, Helps Y, Harvey P, Battersby M, McCurry B, Carbine R, Boyd J, Abdulla O (2012)

Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities: final report 2011.

Adelaide: Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

The main aim of the Chronic condition management strategies in Aboriginal communities project was to evaluate the effectiveness of tailoring mainstream chronic care management strategies to suit Indigenous clients and settings. This was achieved through assessing the health outcomes and impacts, and the sustainability of the strategies. The strategies included:

Data collection involved the analysis of health service records of 36 clients involved in chronic care management over 1-10 years, and semi-structured interviews with 18 clients and 12 staff.

The research was conducted by a team from Flinders University and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, in collaboration with Aboriginal clients and community members from Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc. and Riverland Commuity Health Service.

The authors conclude that people involved in structured chronic condition management strategies (eg care plans) improve their health and wellbeing over time. A range of barriers and enablers of chronic condition management strategies were identified and the authors highlight the importance of tailoring new initiatives to suit individual needs and local circumstances.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 3 October 2014
 
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