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This project started in 2000 and finished in 2003. Based on the premise that Aboriginal people with mental health conditions are more at risk of medication mismanagement than other groups, a participatory action-oriented approach was used to identify strategies that would improve Aboriginal peoples' ability to manage their medications.
Th research outcomes led to effective collaborations between Aboriginal communities, service providers, and researchers to provide staff training, community workshops, practice guidelines, and further research into coordinated Aboriginal mental health care and other strategies to improve safe use of medicines. The project results informed culturally appropriate policies and practices to enhance quality use of medication for Aboriginal people with mental health and other disorders.
Abstract adapted from The Lowitja Institute
Dr Inge Kowanko
Senior Research Fellow
Flinders Aboriginal Health Research Unit
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8201 5898
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