1+1=A healthy start to life
A collaboration of researchers and academics from Charles Darwin University, the University of Sydney, the Australian Catholic University, Queensland, the University of Western Sydney
The project is a three-stage baseline, intervention and post-intervention study to investigate the way services can be better designed to improve early detection of problems and increase the effectiveness of multidisciplinary practice amongst remote dwelling Aboriginal families in the Top End of the Northern Territory. The research will show how the physical and social environment impacts on the quality and design of services provided by hospital (acute care) and community (remote health) during pregnancy and the year after birth. Consultation with Aboriginal women, baseline data and evidence will be used to design service improvements (the interventions).
The study employs a range of disciplines and clinical and social science research techniques. Professor Tracy will be involved in the data collection and patient journey modelling aspect of the study. The redesigned services will be evaluated post-intervention using data from our two field sites and compared with disaggregated data already routinely collected from similar NT communities as a comparison. Results will inform services, practice and health policy.
Barclay L, Kildea S, Kruske S, Norris G, McGregor C, Curry J, Tracy SK
NHMRC A Healthy Start to Life for All Australians Strategic Award, and the NT Government’s Research and Innovation Board
Professor Sally Tracy
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