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This research project aimed to evaluate the effect of employing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers in remote community health care services. In particular the project aimed to evaluate:
The project was a three year follow-up study that involved 137 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people from seven remote community health centres in the Northern Territory.
The project concluded that employment of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers is independently associated with improved diabetes care in remote communities. The project also highlighted that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers have potentially important roles to play in chronic illness care, but these roles need to be more clearly defined.
Abstract adapted from the Lowitja Institute
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