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Indigenous Health: The potential and requirements of continuous quality improvement for effective and sustainable services

Abstract

  • The Australian government’s Healthy for Life program is supporting capacity development in Indigenous primary care using continuous quality improvement (CQI) techniques.
  • An important influence on the Healthy for Life program has been the ABCD research project. The key features contributing to the success of the project are described. The ABCD research project:
    • uses a CQI approach, with an ongoing cycle of gathering data on how well organisational systems are functioning, and developing and then implementing improvements;
    • is guided by widely accepted principles of community-based research, which emphasise participation; and
    • adheres to the principles and values of Indigenous health research and service delivery.
  • The potential for improving health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities using a CQI approach should be strengthened by clear clinical and managerial leadership, supporting service organisations at the community level, and applying participatory-action principles.
Bailie, R., Si, D., O’Donoghue, L. & Dowden, M. 2007, ‘Indigenous Health: The potential and requirements of continuous quality improvement for effective and sustainable services’, Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 186(10), pp. 525–7 (IF: 2.582).