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IMPAKT (Improving Access to Kidney Transplant) comprised three discrete studies investigating the existing disparity in access to kidney transplants between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The project looked at how health systems in different Australian States and Territories provide transplant services to patients. It has documented the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, examining in some detail their access to and use of transplant services.
The study includes an in-depth exploration of patients’ and staff perceptions and attitudes as well as their suggestions for improvements. The IMPAKT team visited and worked in 26 locations across the Northern Territory, SA, NSW, Queensland and WA, including urban centres, large regional towns, small remote towns and Indigenous communities.
Some of the project outcomes included:
Indigenous patients’ interest in transplant –
Clinical uncertainties –
Systemic issues –
Key findings from the research highlight that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients are interested in transplants but are unclear about the process and that patient education is not sufficiently targeted to the cultural, language and literacy needs of Indigenous people.
In order to transfer these research findings, the project team from IMPAKT plan to work collaboratively with service providers to develop an appropriate education package targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and patients.
Menzies School of Health Research