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Revitalising Health for All: Learning from comprehensive primary health care experiences (Utopia)

This research project is part of a larger international project, the Revitalising Health For All project funded by the Teasdale-Corti Global Health Research Partnership Program. The CRC for Aboriginal Health is coordinating and co-funding the Australian arm of this study, which aims to document and highlight the role of comprehensive primary health care (CPHC) in the 21st century.

The CRC for Aboriginal Health has helped establish a regional steering committee to oversee the Australian research, which looks at the significant role that Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services play both in improving health outcomes and in addressing the social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The regional committee has invited three Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to participate in the research, and this project looks specifically at the Urapuntja Health Service's work in the central Australian community of Utopia.

The other two sites were the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress site and Melbourne site.

This project aimed to document the history of the Urapuntja Health Service (UHS), its role in delivering primary health care services, and the contribution it makes to the social and physical health and wellbeing of the people of Utopia community. The aims in more detail were to:

The methods used in this project were be predominantly qualitative (interviewing) and a review of documents associated with the service. Up to eight community members (four men, four women) will be trained in video camera operation to enable them to conduct the interviews. UHS staff will also document their own daily activities over a period of several weeks to identify what actions are currently undertaken and what primary health care activities are being missed.

It was anticipated that the project would lead to:

The project started in March 2009 and was due for completion in December 2009.

Project leader

Sarah Doherty



Administering institution:

Urapuntja Health Service