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Determinants and gaps in preventive care delivery for Indigenous Australians: a cross-sectional analysis

Policy Online carries a link (10.3.16) to a journal article outlining research into effective means of preventive health care delivery for Indigenous Australians. The research finds that there is “wide variation” in the delivery and effectiveness of preventive care across Australia.

‘Potentially preventable chronic diseases are the greatest contributor to the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-­Indigenous Australians. Preventive care is important for earlier detection and control of chronic disease, and a number of recent policy initiatives have aimed to enhance delivery of preventive care. We examined documented delivery of recommended preventive services for Indigenous peoples across Australia and investigated the influence of health center and client level factors on adherence to best practice guidelines.’

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