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Projects and Studies

We are working to identify systemic barriers to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cardiovascular and chronic kidney diseases (CVD and CKD) and diabetes.

In collaboration with community-controlled primary health services we use rigorous methodology to develop, implement and evaluate relevant health systems/services interventions across the continuum of care for these conditions.

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Towards a Well-being Model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Living with Chronic Disease

The cost of providing health care to people with chronic diseases continues to rise. Current chronic disease care implemented in primary health care settings focuses on efficient use of resources, safety and quality of health services, teams of providers and well informed and involved patients. The role of culture and family in maintaining a person’s well-being are rarely considered. Findings from the Kanyini Qualitative Study, however, have raised important questions about what care means, and how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience life-long illness.

Home based Outreach chronic disease Management Exploratory Study (HOMES)

The HOME Study is an exploratory study of a home-based, outreach model of chronic disease management.  Initially piloted in Inala Indigenous Health Service, it aims to assess the feasibility, acceptability and appropriateness of the model to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander People with chronic disease, their families and their Primary Health Care Service. 

Mental Health and Chronic Disease

Recently acquiring  funding from an NHMRC Project Grant, this study aims to validate a culturally adapted, free-to-use screening tool for depression among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients attending Primary Care Services.

Kanyini Qualitative Study (KQS)
This qualitative study interviewed patients at high cardiovascular disease risk, their families and community members, professional health care providers, managers and policy makers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Kanyini Polypill Trial (K-GAP)
To assess whether provision of a polypill (containing low dose aspirin, a statin and two blood pressure lowering medicines) compared to usual cardiovascular medications improves adherence and clinical outcomes in high-risk patients. Secondary aims are to measure prescription of combination therapy, barriers to adherence, quality of life, safety, cardiovascular events, renal events, prescriber acceptability and healthcare resource consumption.