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Information and action for Aboriginal heart health/Bettering Aboriginal heart health in WA (BAHHWA) project

 

Overview

Bettering Aboriginal heart health in WA (BAHHWA) was a project that aimed to analyse detailed epidemiological, service utilisation and costing information on a range of heart and associated chronic diseases among Aboriginal Western Australians.

This project engaged regional Western Australian Aboriginal planning forums, policy makers, health service managers and funders. Stakeholder understanding of the evidence and their response was investigated with the aim of facilitating changes that improve Aboriginal heart health.

A key outcome of the project was a report, Information for action: improving the heart health story for Aboriginal people in Western Australia. The report notes that Aboriginal people experience both illness and death from heart disease at higher rates and at a much earlier average age than non-Aboriginal people. Some of the recommendations made by the report include:

This project was undertaken by the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) and was funded by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health.

Contacts

Winthrop Professor Sandra Thompson
Western Australian Centre for Rural Health Geraldton
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Ph: (08) 9956 0200
Fax: (08) 9964 2096
Email: sandra.thompson@uwa.edu.au

Related publications

Teng TH, Katzenellenbogen JM, Hung J, Knuiman M, Sanfilippo FM, Geelhoed E, Bessarab D, Hobbs M, Thompson SC (2015)

A cohort study: temporal trends in prevalence of antecedents, comorbidities and mortality in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians with first heart failure hospitalization, 2000-2009.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 14(http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-015-0197-4): 66

Retrieved 12 August 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-015-0197-4

Lopez D, Katzenellenbogen JM, Sanfilippo FM, Woods JA, Hobbs MS, Knuiman MW, Briffa TG, Thompson PL, Thompson SC (2014)

Disparities experienced by Aboriginal compared to non-Aboriginal metropolitan Western Australians in receiving coronary angiography following acute ischaemic heart disease: the impact of age and comorbidities.

International Journal for Equity in Health; 13: 93

Retrieved 21 October 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-014-0093-3

Haynes E, Katzenellenbogen J, Thompson S, Bessarab D (2015)

Improving Aboriginal heart health in Western Australia: bringing everyone on the journey.

Paper presented at the 13th National Rural Health Conference. 24-27 May 2015, Darwin

Katzenellenbogen JM, Haynes E, Woods JA, Bessarab D, Durey A, Dimer L, Maiorana A, Thompson SC (2015)

Information for action: improving the heart health story for Aboriginal people in Western Australia (BAHHWA Report).

Perth: Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, University of Western Australia

This report primarily draws on research looking at disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians (WA) in cardiovascular health and health care.

The report was based on the Bettering Aboriginal heart health in WA project (BAHHWA), which analysed detailed epidemiological, service utilisation and costing information on a range of heart and associated chronic diseases among Aboriginal people in WA.

The report notes that Aboriginal people experience both illness and death from heart disease at higher rates and at a much earlier average age than non-Aboriginal people.

Some of the recommendations from the report include:

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health

Katzenellenbogen JM, Knuiman MW, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MS, Thompson SC (2014)

Prevalence of stroke and coexistent conditions: disparities between Indigenous and nonIndigenous Western Australians.

International Journal of Stroke; 9(Supplement A100): 61–68

Teng TH, Katzenellenbogen JM, Hung J, Knuiman M, Sanfilippo FM, Geelhoed E, Hobbs M, Thompson SC (2014)

Rural–urban differentials in 30-day and 1-year mortality following first-ever heart failure hospitalisation in Western Australia: a population-based study using data linkage.

BMJ Open; 4(5): e004724

Retrieved 2 May 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004724

Lopez D, Katzenellenbogen JM, Sanfilippo FM, Woods JA, Hobbs MST, Knuiman MW, Briffa TG, Thompson PL, Thompson SC (2014)

Transfers to metropolitan hospitals and coronary angiography for rural Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal patients with acute ischaemic heart disease in Western Australia.

BMC Cardiovascular Disorders; 14: 58

Retrieved 1 May 2014 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2261/14/58/abstract

Katzenellenbogen JM, Sanfilippo FM, Hobbs MS, Knuiman MW, Bessarab D, Durey A, Thompson SC (2013)

Voting with their feet - predictors of discharge against medical advice in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ischaemic heart disease inpatients in Western Australia: an analytic study using data linkage.

BMC Health Services Research; 13: 330

Retrieved 20 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-330

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