Journal article

The Impact of COVID-19 on First Nations People Health Assessments in Australia

Ross Robertson, Mustafa Mian, Subhashaan Sreedharan, Phyllis Lau

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021


The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has the potential to worsen existing health inequalities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. We aimed to assess the impact of the pandemic on First Nations people health assessments using an interrupted time series model utilizing data extracted from the Australian Medicare Benefits Schedule database. Additive triple exponential smoothing was used to model health assessments undertaken between January 2017 and December 2019. The model was used to predict health assessments between January 2020 and June 2020 with 95% confidence (P < .05). There was no significant difference between observed and predicted First N..

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