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Quality assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services program

 

Overview

The Quality assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services (QAAMS) program was developed to assist health workers with the management of diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program involves point of care pathology testing using a medical instrument designed to measure haemoglobin in A1c and the urine albumin: creatinine ratio for the control of diabetes. It is a culturally appropriate and clinically effective management service performed mainly by Aboriginal Health Workers, within a quality management framework.

A website has been developed for the program and includes information on:

The program is funded by the Australian Government and partner with Flinders University and RCPA Quality Assurance Programs.

Abstract adapted from Quality assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services

Contacts

Anne Shephard
QAAMS Assistant Program Manager
Ph: (08) 8201 7555
Fax: (08) 8201 7666
Email: Anne.Shephard@flinders.edu.au

Related publications

Shephard MDS, Mundraby K (2003)

Assisting diabetes management through point-of-care HbA1c testing: the 'QAAMS' program for Aboriginal health workers.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 27(4): 12-18

Martin DD, Bulsara MK, Shephard MDS, Freeman H, Jones TW, Davis EA, Maguire GP (2005)

Point-of-care testing of HbA1c and blood glucose in a remote Aboriginal Australian community.

Medical Journal of Australia; 182(10): 524-527

Shephard MDS (2007)

The development and application of point-of-care pathology testing (POCT) models for the early detection and management of diabetes and renal disease in Indigenous medical services.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, The University of Adelaide: Adelaide

McAteer B (2012)

The QAAMS Program: quality assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services program [ppt].

Paper presented at the Living longer stronger: AH & MRC chronic disease conference 2012. 19 June 2012, Sydney

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Last updated: 29 June 2015
 
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