Indigenous Health

A topical collection in Methods and Protocols (ISSN 2409-9279). This collection belongs to the section "Public Health Research".

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Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Smithfield, QLD 4878, Australia
Interests: human genetics; human genomics; pharmacogenetics; pharmacogenomics; functional analyses of genetic variants; prostate cancer; glioblastoma; melanoma; atherosclerosis

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Indigenous Health Unit, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Building 30, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
Interests: indigenous health; aboriginal health

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Good health is more than the absence of disease or illness; it is a holistic concept that includes physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing, for both the individual and the community. Improving Indigenous health and wellbeing is an important objective for all who aspire to reducing health inequities. Indigenous people around the world share many common difficult and distressing experiences that have adversely affected their lives, including the experience of colonisation, discrimination and socioeconomic disadvantage. These things impact adversely upon both people's physical and mental health.

Prof. Dr. Juergen Reichardt
Prof. Dr. Aunty Kerrie Doyle
Collection Editors

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Keywords

  • indigenous health
  • cultural sensitivity
  • multiculturalism

Published Papers (2 papers)

2023

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Study Protocol
Safeguarding against Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities through the Optimisation of Primary Health Care: A Project Protocol
by Yvonne C. Hornby-Turner, Sarah G. Russell, Rachel Quigley, Veronica Matthews, Sarah Larkins, Noel Hayman, Prabha Lakhan, Leon Flicker, Kate Smith, Dallas McKeown, Diane Cadet-James, Alan Cass, Gail Garvey, Dina LoGiudice, Gavin Miller and Edward Strivens
Methods Protoc. 2023, 6(5), 103; https://doi.org/10.3390/mps6050103 - 19 Oct 2023
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This protocol describes the methodology and methods for a collaborative project with eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (PHC) organisations, across three Australian states and one territory, to increase clinical service performance and access to preventive health and health promotion [...] Read more.
This protocol describes the methodology and methods for a collaborative project with eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care (PHC) organisations, across three Australian states and one territory, to increase clinical service performance and access to preventive health and health promotion services for preventing, identifying, treating, and managing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Aboriginal participatory action research (APAR) methodology will be the framework for this project, incorporating continuous quality improvement (CQI), informed by research yarning with stakeholder groups, comprising community members and PHC staff and service providers and data collected from the auditing of client health records and the mapping of existing clinical processes and health services at each partnering PHC organisation. The qualitative and quantitative data will be summarised and discussed with stakeholder groups. Priorities will be identified and broken down into tangible PHC organisation deliverable strategies and programs, which will be co-developed with stakeholder groups and implemented cyclically over 24 months using the Plan, Do, Study, Act model of change. Key project outcome measures include increased clinical service performance and availability of preventive health and health promotion services for safeguarding against dementia. Project implementation will be evaluated for quality and transparency from an Indigenous perspective using an appropriate appraisal tool. The project processes, impact, and sustainability will be evaluated using the RE-AIM framework. A dementia safeguarding framework and accompanying tool kit will be developed from this work to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PHC organisations to identify, implement, and evaluate dementia safeguarding practice and service improvements on a broader scale. Full article
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Study Protocol
Prevalence and Associated Factors of Cigarette Smoking among South African Adolescents and Young Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Protocol
by Mukhethwa Londani and Olanrewaju Oladimeji
Methods Protoc. 2023, 6(5), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/mps6050085 - 11 Sep 2023
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Tobacco use, particularly the initiation of smoking during adolescence and young adulthood, represents a significant public health concern in South Africa. The influence of socio-cultural factors, marketing strategies of the tobacco industry, and accessibility of tobacco products have all been implicated in this [...] Read more.
Tobacco use, particularly the initiation of smoking during adolescence and young adulthood, represents a significant public health concern in South Africa. The influence of socio-cultural factors, marketing strategies of the tobacco industry, and accessibility of tobacco products have all been implicated in this context. This systematic review and meta-analysis protocol aims to scrutinise the body of literature on this issue, providing a comprehensive understanding of the patterns and determinants of tobacco use among South African adolescents and young adults, with an eye towards informing more effective policy interventions. The available literature for studies on tobacco use will be systematically searched and reviewed. Five international scholarly databases, namely PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Global Health, and Scopus, will be searched. Peer-reviewed studies will be included if they are conducted in South Africa or South African provinces and if they include the prevalence of tobacco use among adolescents and young adults aged between 12 and 24 years. The results of such an analysis can guide future policy designs, enabling them to be more targeted and thus more effective. The findings can also have implications for shaping global tobacco control strategies, given the transferability of successful interventions across different populations and cultural contexts. This protocol has been registered in the PROSPERO database (ID: CRD42023428369). Full article
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