Journal article

How can dementia diagnosis and care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people be improved? Perspectives of healthcare providers providing care in Aboriginal community controlled health services.

Jamie Bryant, Natasha Noble, Megan Freund, Jennifer Rumbel, Sandra Eades, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Michael Lowe, Justin Walsh, Leon Piterman, Susan Koch, Claudia Meyer, Elaine Todd

BMC Health Serv Res | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people experience dementia at a rate three to five times higher than the general Australian population. Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) have a critical role to play in recognising symptoms of cognitive impairment, facilitating timely diagnosis of dementia, and managing the impacts of dementia. Little is known about the barriers and enablers to Aboriginal people receiving a timely dementia diagnosis and appropriate care once diagnosed. This study aims to explore, from the perspective of healthcare providers in the ACCHS sector across urban, regional and remote communities, the barriers and enablers to the provision ..

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