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Where the dreaming changed shape: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adult Health Check in a remote Aboriginal community

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14th July 2011

Abstract:
Launched in 2004, the Adult Health Check (AHC) is an important public health policy towards closing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Increasing the uptake of the AHC was identified by Australia’s Prime Minister as the principal primary health care strategy towards closing the health gap within a generation. Could this dream be realised in remote Aboriginal communities – the setting of the most profound disadvantages?

Biography:
Paul Burgess’ collaborative participatory research, conducted over eight years in a remote Arnhem land primary health care service, systematically implemented an outreach AHC program and evaluated its impact through medical record auditing.

Today’s presentation covers findings from Paul’s PhD studies on the impact of the AHC in a remote PHC service. 

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