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Innovative models of care for Indigenous cancer patients
This research program aims to identify features of services that encourage Indigenous participation in cancer treatment. Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and carried out by researchers at The University of Western Australia's School of Primary Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, the program will investigate innovated models of care delivery throughout Australia. The research focus is on helping cancer treatment centres adapt to improve their services to better meet the distinctive care needs of Indigenous patients.
The investigation will include:
- identifying to what extent the needs of Indigenous patients have been taken into account when planning and building cancer centres
- identifying the features of cancer centres that are more or less successful in meeting the needs of Indigenous cancer patients
- discovering which recent innovations have been successful or unsuccessful (e.g. as tele-radiology, specialist outreach, Indigenous support staff).
The research will also focus on building partnerships with groups such as the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, the Cancer Council and the lead institution for the project, the Menzies School of Health Research to improve cancer outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Abstract adapted from the University of Western Australia and Menzies School of Health Research
Winthrop Professor Sandy Thompson
Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH)
The University of Western Australia (M702)
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Ph: (08) 9956 0200
Shahid S, Durey A, Bessarab D, Aoun SM, Thompson SC (2013)
Identifying barriers and improving communication between cancer service providers and Aboriginal patients and their families: the perspective of service providers.
BMC Health Services Research; 13: 460
Retrieved 4 November 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-460
Shahid S, Bessarab D, van Schaik KD, Aoun S, Thompson SC (2013)
Improving palliative care outcomes for Aboriginal Australians: service providers' perspectives.
BMC Palliative Care; 12: 26
Retrieved 23 July 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-684X-12-26
Thompson SC, Shahid S, Bessarab D, Durey A, Davidson PM (2011)
Not just bricks and mortar: planning hospital cancer services for Aboriginal people.
BMC Research Notes; 4: 62
Retrieved 14 March 2011 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1756-0500-4-62.pdf
Durey A, Thompson SC (2012)
Reducing the health disparities of Indigenous Australians: time to change focus.
BMC Health Services Research; 12: 151
Retrieved 10 June 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6963-12-151.pdf
Thompson S (2014)
Tackling cancer in Indigenous Australians.
Medicus; 54(2): 42-43
Davidson PM, Jiwa M, DiGiacomo ML, McGrath SJ, Newton PJ, Durey AJ, Bessarab DC, Thompson SC (2013)
The experience of lung cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and what it means for policy, service planning and delivery.
Australian Health Review; 37(1): 70-78
Shahid S, Finn L, Bessarab D, Thompson SC (2009)
Understanding, beliefs and perspectives of Aboriginal people in Western Australia about cancer and its impact on access to cancer services.
BMC Health Services Research; 9: 132
Retrieved 31 July 2009 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-9-132