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Type: Journal article
Title: Better medication management for Indigenous Australians: findings from the field
Author: Emden, C.
Kowanko, I.
de Crespigny, C.
Murray, H.
Citation: Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2005; 11(1):80-90
Publisher: Australian Journal Primary Health, Australian Institute Primary Care & School Public Health
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1448-7527
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Carolyn Emden, Inge Kowanko, Charlotte de Crespigny and Helen Murray
Abstract: This paper reports findings from interviews and focus groups conducted within a multidimensional action research project concerning medication management among Indigenous Australians. Participants were Aboriginal people with mental health problems, carers and family members, and health and social service workers from different regions in South Australia. A meta-analysis of findings from each regional project component was conducted, and major themes conceptualised and developed into a coherent summary. The findings revealed problems of a magnitude not previously realised—mental health problems (including alcohol and drug problems) and medication management among Aboriginal people clearly are major issues requiring immediate and sustained attention if the health and welfare of the Australian Indigenous population are to be improved. Findings concerned eight major areas: social and emotional wellbeing issues; stressors on Aboriginal health services and providers; training for the Aboriginal health workforce; mainstream health services for Aboriginal people; trust and confidentiality within Aboriginal health services; English language literacy and numeracy skills of Aboriginal clients; remote living arrangements for many Aboriginal people; problems with alcohol use; and institutionalised and individual racism in the community at large.
Keywords: Indigenous; Aboriginal; Health; Medications; Research; Mental health
RMID: 0020096032
DOI: 10.1071/PY05011
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