Journal article

Understanding and responding to the cost and health impact of short-term health staffing in remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health services: a mixed methods study protocol

Michelle S Fitts, John Humphreys, Terry Dunbar, Lisa Bourke, Edward Mulholland, Steven Guthridge, Yuejen Zhao, Michael P Jones, John Boffa, Mark Ramjan, Lorna Murakami-Gold, Annie Tangey, Clarissa Comerford, Rosalie Schultz, Narelle Campbell, Supriya Mathew, Zania Liddle, Deborah Russell, John Wakerman



INTRODUCTION: Access to high-quality primary healthcare is limited for remote residents in Australia. Increasingly, remote health services are reliant on short-term or 'fly-in, fly-out/drive-in, drive-out' health workforce to deliver primary healthcare. A key strategy to achieving health service access equity, particularly evident in remote Australia, has been the development of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). This study aims to generate new knowledge about (1) the impact of short-term staffing in remote and rural ACCHSs on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; (2) the potential mitigating effect of community control; and (3) effective, context-specific..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The project is supported under the Australian Research Council's Project Discovery funding scheme (project number DP190100328) and by the Medical Research Future Fund through the NHMRC and Central Australian Academic Health Science Network (N/A). The information and opinions contained in it do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the Commonwealth of Australia (or the Department of Health).