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  • Be part of our Aboriginal Health Working Group

    We are seeking interest from Aboriginal people to be part of our working group. We want to ensure Aboriginal people are empowered partners who contribute to research that meets local and national health priorities and needs. We also hope that the working group will increase research ownership by the Aboriginal community and ensure research findings get to the right people to make a difference. Read More
  • Rural Student Vocational Experience

    Rural Health West and the WA Centre for RuralHealth are offering a fully funded rural vocational experience for first or second year students.The experience will focus on learning about interprofessional rural practice in Geraldton and will include a visit to the Mt Magnet community,health service visits, simulation education opportunites and clinical observation. Register here Read More
  • Better Heart Health

    Our team, in partnership with UWA and the WA Heart Foundation has recently released one of the most comprehensive reports that aims to further narrow the gap between rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heart disease deaths. Read More
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DISCOVER-TT

DISCOVER-TT

Investigating cancer care for Indigenous Australians 

Research Team: Winthrop Professor Sandra C Thompson, Assistant Professor Shaouli Shahid

The Need

Project foundations for DISCOVER-TT originate from findings revealed from research commenced in 2005.  Initial research, undertaken by Dr Shahid, explored the beliefs and understanding of Aboriginal people about cancer and their experiences with cancer services in WA.

The Objectives

DISCOVER-TT aims to:

  • Build an evidence base through innovative, high-quality, priority-driven, applied health services research to reduce the marked disparities in the treatment and survival for Indigenous Australians with cancer.
  • Improve the quality of life of Indigenous Australians with cancer through strategic focus on health systems performance in the area of cancer and palliative care services.
  • Investigate improved models of care and service delivery to identify those that best suit the needs of Indigenous Australians.
 Project layout

The project was created under a Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) due to its enormity and vast required amount of research.  The overall CRE is led by Menzies School of Health Research’s Aboriginal researcher, Associate Professor Gail Garvey. In collaboration, with Menzies and many other national and international organisations, WACRH drives 3 of the 8 project components:

Distinctive cancer care requirements of Indigenous cancer patients: Indigenous cancer patients have reported multiple substantial barriers to accessing and completing cancer treatment. This project works to identify the distinctive features of Indigenous cancer patients related to their preferences for cancer treatment and support frameworks. Other elements of DISCOVER-TT include identifying improvements for existing cancer care services, and useful training and support activities for service providers to name a few.

The end of life and palliative care service utilisation among Indigenous cancer patients: Many Indigenous patients live in rural and remote communities where access to palliative care services is limited. This research investigates the impact of remoteness, accessibility and availability on patients’ use of cancer care services and how this, in turn, affects their “end of life” quality of life.

Innovations in cancer services to improve outcomes in Indigenous cancer patients: This project will comprehensively assess current service models and their level of effectiveness in the delivery of cancer care to Indigenous Australians. Barriers, as well as facilitators to successful program implementation will also be identified. Distinctive care needs of Indigenous cancer patients will be taken into account and investigated to determine required improvements to service delivery, including alternative service delivery models such as telehealth and outreach services.

The WACRH team will also be working closely with the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Health, to progress a fourth component of the DISCOVER-TT project:

The role of Indigenous cancer survivors in improving cancer awareness and outcomes for Indigenous cancer patients:  Cancer survivors have undertaken organised activities to improve cancer services in many ways, including lobbying and fund-raising, raising awareness, and supporting other patients and families, demonstrating ‘peer support’ as an important element to people affected by cancer. Indigenous survivors do not (this may currently be changing) have the same history of organisation or capacity to volunteer formally. This project will inform the content, nature, and mode of delivery of quality supportive care programs for Indigenous cancer survivors.

Project Benefit

In addition to all targeted project outcomes described above, this project builds on and extends previous works on cancer in Indigenous Australians, and brings together key researchers, practitioners, and consumer advocacy groups from across Australia.  It aims to actively promote the translation of research knowledge into Australian public health policy and practice, and train a new generation of researchers in Indigenous cancer control.

Funding was provided by the National Health and Medical Research’s Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence DISCOVER-TT, Cancer Councils of NSW and WA, Ca-CINDA

 

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday
27
May
WACRH
Starts at: 08:30

This workshop is designed for nurses to update their knowledge on the care and management of vascular access devices. The program will present evidence-based practice guidelines for assessing and managing peripheral catheters,central venous catheters(CVC) peripherally inserted catheters(PICC), tunnelled devices such as Hickman Catheters and implantable devices such as Portacaths.

for Registered nurses and Enrolled nurses.

 

 

Thursday
28
May
WACRH
Starts at: 16:00

Tania Major is a kokoberra woman from the remote community of Kowanyama in Far North Queensland. she is recognised as a leader and advocate for Aboriginal people at both national and state levels, and witin the communiites of Cape York.

She was awarded the 2007 Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work.

Tania will spoeak of her own experiences to show that by extending a hand to each other, all Australians can build strong bridges between cultures, and work towards change and reconcilitation.

rsvp to admin-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

sausage sizzle and light refreshments provided.

Wednesday
10
Jun
WACRH
Starts at: 09:00
Stress Management / BurnOut Prevention Workshop
This stress management / burn-outprevention workshop aims to help participants develop awareness of stress andits effects on performance in the workplace,
as well as on a personal level. This highly interactive 3.5 hour training exercise involves:
  • Learning about the physical and psychological impacts of the stress
  • Recognising personal stress signals
  • Developing personal coping resources to manage stress more effectively
  • Learning new stress management skills

See more information here: http://www.wacrh.uwa.edu.au/images/events/2015/stress%20management%2021%20may%20v2.pdf