Reports and publications (published elsewhere)

Improving the accessibility of health services in urban and regional settings for Indigenous people

Posted on: 10 March, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 1, January 2014 – March 2014
Related to Closing the gap Cultural ways Health services Rural Urban Social issues

Ware V-A (2013)
Improving the accessibility of health services in urban and regional settings for Indigenous people
Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report discusses ways to improve the accessibility of metropolitan, urban and regional health services for Indigenous Australians.

Topics addressed in the report include:

  • barriers and facilitators to adequate health service access
  • differing concepts of health and treatment of illnesses
  • reluctance to engage due to colonial history and past injustices
  • language and communication barriers
  • strategies for providing culturally competent health services.

The report draws on approximately 30 research studies as well as documented practice experience.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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