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Managing two worlds together Stages 1 & 2: City hospital care for country Aboriginal people

Managing two worlds together Stages 1 & 2: City hospital care for country Aboriginal people

This project (parts 1 and 2 of Managing Two Worlds Together) gathered and confirm evidence about the barriers to good care for Aboriginal patients (particularly those living in rural and remote areas) when they need to be admitted to hospitals (particularly Adelaide public hospitals). The main focus is to work with mainstream and Aboriginal health services to test and evaluate methods of improving care.

Its goal was to improve knowledge of what works well and what needs improvement in the health care system for Aboriginal patients from rural and remote areas of South Australia (and parts of the Northern Territory). It explored their complex patient journeys and what happens when they come to Adelaide for hospital care.

The project was designed to contribute to continuing efforts to address these problems. It strengthened understanding of the current pattern of utilisation of metropolitan public hospital care by Aboriginal people, particularly those from rural and remote areas; and of the gaps in service models and barriers against access to good quality care in the mainstream health system for Aboriginal people.

A subsequent stage of the research program (Part 3) used the results of this stage to trial and/or evaluate methods of addressing the gaps and barriers.

The project included four separate studies:

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Project leader

Janet Kelly

Administering institution:

Flinders University

Completion date:

December 2012