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Aboriginal Participation in Health Service Delivery: Coordinated Care Trials in the Northern Territory of Australia

Robinson, Gary W., d'Abbs, Peter H. N., Togni, Samantha J. and Bailie, Ross S. (2003). Aboriginal Participation in Health Service Delivery: Coordinated Care Trials in the Northern Territory of Australia. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management,5(1-2):45-62.

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Title Aboriginal Participation in Health Service Delivery: Coordinated Care Trials in the Northern Territory of Australia
Author Robinson, Gary W.
d'Abbs, Peter H. N.
Togni, Samantha J.
Bailie, Ross S.
Journal Name International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 5
Issue Number 1-2
ISSN 1368-2156   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0042858464
Start Page 45
End Page 62
Total Pages 18
Place of Publication Genève
Publisher InderScience Publishers
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
1503 - Business and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Australian Aborigines have much higher rates of illness and life expectancy, up to 20 years lower than the Australian population as a whole. Community based primary healthcare to Aborigines in the Northern Territory of Australia has, historically, been under-resourced, in part due to distinctive characteristics of the Australian healthcare funding system which has disadvantaged rural and remote regions. From 1998, the Northern Territory was the site of two Coordinated Care Trials (CCTs) which sought to achieve three main objectives: to significantly increase funding available to health services; to implement a system of clinical best practice; and to improve Aboriginal participation in health service delivery through the establishment of Aboriginal community health boards to act as funds managers and providers of health services to the trial populations. The paper outlines general CCT outcomes according to the findings of the commissioned evaluation studies and examines the possibilities and constraints encountered in improving Aboriginal participation in complex health service developments.
Keywords Aboriginal
Australia
Health
Northern Territory
service
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJHTM.2003.003336   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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