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Quality assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services program (QAAMS)

 

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, Gill JP (2005)

An innovative Australian point-of-care model for urine albumin: creatinine ratio testing that supports diabetes management in Indigenous medical services and has international application.

Annals of Clinical Biochemistry; 42(3): 208-215

This article outlines the importance of measuring urine albumin:creatinine ratio in Indigenous diabetics, as a diabetes management tool, and for the early detection of end-stage renal failure. A program was established to monitor microalbuminuria in Indigenous diabetics at 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services across Australia, and health workers were recruited and trained in order to carry out the tests. The findings show desirable performance specifications of the new testing tool with considerable potential for Indigenous and other communities nationally and internationally.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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

Shephard M (2006)

Cultural and clinical effectiveness of the 'QAAMS' Point-of-Care Testing Model for diabetes management in Australian Aboriginal medical services.

Clinical Biochemist Reviews; 27(3): 161-170

Spaeth BA, Shephard MDS, Schatz S (2014)

Point-of-care testing for haemoglobin A1c in remote Australian Indigenous communities improves timeliness of diabetes care.

Rural and Remote Health; 14: 2849

Retrieved 30 October 2014 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2849

Shephard MDS, Mazzachi BC, Shephard AK, Burgoyne T, Dufek A, Ah Kit J, Mills D, Dunn D (2006)

Point-of-care testing in Aboriginal hands: a model for chronic disease prevention and management in Indigenous Australia.

Point of Care; 5(4): 168-176

Shephard M (2013)

Point-of-Care Testing in Australia: the status, practical advantages, and benefits of community resiliency.

Point of Care Testing; 12(1): 41-45

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

Quality assurance for Aboriginal medical services program: education, training and quality assurance for point-of-care Haemoglobin A1c testing in Aboriginal medical services (2003)

Shephard M

This brochure outlines the importance and benefits of the Quality Assurance for Aboriginal Medical Services (QAAMS) program, developed by Flinders Medical Centre. The program promotes the use of point-of-care technology to support diabetes management in Aboriginal medical services. It also explains that Aboriginal community controlled health services are entitled to a Medicare rebate for each HbA1c test that is performed. This rebate has ensured that the QAAMS program is self-funding and self-sustaining. The brochure has a tear-off section for those interested in joining the program or learning more about it and has been reproduced here with the kind permission of Mark Shephard, QAAMS Program Manager.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Shephard MDS, Gill JP (2003)

Results of an innovative education, training and quality assurance program for point-of-care HbA1c testing using the Bayer DCA 2000 in Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Clinical Biochemist Reviews; 24(iv): 123-130

Shephard MDS, Gill JP (2006)

The analytical quality of point-of-care testing in the 'QAAMS' model for diabetes management in Australian Aboriginal Medical Services.

Clinical Biochemist Reviews; 27(iv): 185-190

Shephard MDS, Gill JP (2006)

The analytical quality of point-of-care testing in the ‘QAAMS' model for diabetes management in Australian Aboriginal medical services.

Clinical Biochemist Reviews; 27(4): 185–190

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

Shephard MDS, Gill J (2010)

The national QAAMS Program – A practical example of PoCT working in the community.

Clinical Biochemist Reviews; 31(3): 105-109

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: 17 August 2015
 
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