Journal article

Improving cultural respect to improve Aboriginal health in general practice: a multi-methods and multi-perspective pragmatic study

Siaw-Teng Liaw, Iqbal Hasan, Vicki Wade, Rosa Canalese, Margaret Kelaher, Phyllis Lau, Mark Harris

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To address the gap in access to healthcare between Aboriginal people and other Australians, we developed Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing (WoTWoD) to embed cultural respect into routine clinical practice. WoTWoD includes a workshop, toolkit and cultural mentors in a partnership of general practice and Aboriginal organisations. The aim of this study was to examine the im-pact of WoTWoD on cultural respect, health checks and risk factor management for Aboriginal patients in general practice. METHODS: A multi-methods and multi-perspective pre- and-post-intervention pragmatic study with 10 general practices was undertaken, using information from medical records, practice staff, cultur..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by GP Synergy and NSW Health Centre for Aboriginal Health. We gratefully acknowledge the participating general practices and Aboriginal patients for their contributions; management and staff at Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and Marumali Health Services for support and sharing their cultural expertise; Dr Gladys Liaw for guidance on the CQ instrument; and other members of the WoTWoD research team (Prof Lisa Jackson Pulver, A/Prof John Furler, Ms Val Dahlstrom and Prof Yin Paradies).