Thursday, 16 December 2010

Improving the culture of hospitals : improving outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander patients

The CRCAH-funded Improving the Culture of Hospitals project examined successful Aboriginal programs undertaken by Australian hospitals, within a quality improvement framework, to see how this work could be replicated and sustained across a range of hospital environments. The overall aim of the project was to support a program of cultural reforms to improve cultural sensitivity in acute health care institutions, thereby leading to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Final project report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Patient Quality Improvement Toolkit for Hospital Staff
The health status of Indigenous peoples is a global concern with mortality and hospitalisation data indicating that the health of indigenous groups falls below that of other ethnic groups within their countries. From an Australian perspective, Aboriginal people generally have higher rates of hypertension, heart disease, respiratory ailments, stroke, diabetes, cancer and renal failure.

This toolkit has been designed to give hospitals a systematic approach to improving Aboriginal health service delivery.

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