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This research project aimed to evaluate the effect of employing Indigenous 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 Indigenous people from seven remote community health centres in the Northern Territory.
The project concluded that employment of Indigenous Health Workers is independently associated with improved diabetes care in remote communities. The project also highlighted that Indigenous 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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