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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Kimberley healthy adults project (KHAP)

 

Overview

The Kimberley healthy adults project (KHAP) focused on exploring the prevalence of chronic health conditions in older Indigenous people living in remote regions of Australia.

The aim of the project was to understand the predictors, identify interventions, and determine the rates of:

Researchers assessed 289 Indigenous people over the age of 45 living with chronic health conditions in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Where possible, the carers and families of participants were also interviewed to ascertain the impact of the health conditions on them also.

The project findings contributed to the development of the Kimberley healthy adult project guide for clinicians, and a series of related health promotion posters for falls, continence, depression, and pain. These resources are intended to assist clinicians to identify factors contributing to increased independence and improved wellbeing for older people living in the region.

KHAP was an extension of the Kimberley Indigenous cognitive assessment tool (KICA) project which focused on exploring the prevalence of dementia in the region.

This project was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, and is a joint initiative between the West Australian Centre for Health and Ageing, Melbourne Health, and the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council.

Abstract adapted from the West Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

Contacts

West Australian Centre for Health and Ageing
Level 6 Ainslie House
48 Murray Street
Perth WA 6000
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Ph: (08) 9244 2855
Fax: (08) 9244 8099
Email: wacha@uwa.edu.au

Related publications

Continence: help for older people with toilet problems (2013)

Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

This poster was produced to provide older Indigenous people with information on toilet problems. The poster provides information on:

The poster was developed as part of the Kimberley healthy adults project. It is part of a series of posters, with each poster describing a different health condition to an older Indigenous audience.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Depression: depression is not a normal part of getting older (2013)

Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

This poster was produced to provide older Indigenous people with information on depression. The key message in the poster is that depression is not a normal part of ageing. The poster also provides information on:

The poster was developed as part of the Kimberley healthy adults project. It is part of a series of posters, with each poster describing a different health condition to an older Indigenous audience.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Falls: falling over can be very bad for older people (2013)

Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

This poster was designed specifically for older Indigenous people and provides information on:

The poster was developed as part of the Kimberley healthy adults project. It is part of a series of posters, with each poster describing a different health condition to an older Indigenous audience.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Ageing Research Institute (2013)

Kimberley healthy adults project: guides for clinicians.

Perth: Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

These guides were developed as part of the Kimberley healthy adults project and aim to assist clinicians working with older Indigenous people living in rural and remote communities. The guides are not intended to provide information on how to diagnose or treat conditions, but rather as a guide to the predictors of these conditions and to identify interventions.

The guide provides information on the five major topics of the Kimberley healthy adults project:

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

Pain: older people shouldn't put up with pain (2013)

Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

This poster was designed specifically for older Indigenous people and provides information on:

The poster was developed as part of the Kimberley healthy adults project. It is part of a series of posters, with each poster describing a different health condition to an older Indigenous audience.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 7 April 2014
 
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