Key stakeholders in the development of continuous quality improvement (CQI) practices within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector gathered at the Queensland State Library in Brisbane on 23 April 2013 to discuss the findings and recommendations of a Lowitja Institute-funded appraisal of CQI.
The National Appraisal of CQI Initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care has been undertaken by a team of researchers at the University of New South Wales’ Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) since late 2011.
The appraisal looked at emerging CQI initiatives within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector around Australia, their uptake within the sector and the major barriers and facilitators to implementing these initiatives. It then identified those factors that are critical to improving the acceptability and effectiveness of CQI initiatives.
The final project report, which was launched at the Brisbane event by project leader Associate Professor Marilyn Wise, found ‘encouraging signs of progress’ in the uptake and implementation of CQI within the sector.
‘... Taken together with the evidence of the efficacy of CQI identified in the literature, the appraisal illustrates that over the past decade (and more) many core elements of a system for CQI in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care sector have been put in place,’ the report says.
Participants (from the community controlled health sector, universities and government) identified target audiences for the report’s findings, such as policy makers and health workers, and developed a series of recommendations around knowledge exchange to these groups.