Territory Stories

Wangkanyi pulka



Wangkanyi pulka

Other title

Lowitja Institute


Wangkanyi pulka; E-Journals; PublicationNT




This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).






Aboriginal Australians -- Health and hygiene -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Research -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Lowitja Institute

Place of publication

Carlton South


iss. 4

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS 18 Better housing, but overcrowding stymies child health benefits: study A recently published paper looking at how improved housing for Indigenous families living in remote communities impacts on child health has found that, while hygienic conditions did improve, pervasive and persistent high levels of crowding and poor social and environmental conditions meant there was no measurable improvement in the health of children in those communities. The Impact of Housing Improvement and Socioenvironmental Factors on Common Childhood Illnesses: A Cohort Study in Indigenous Australian Communities was co-authored by Professor Ross Bailie the Lowitja Institutes Program Leader for Program 1 and appeared in the 21 June 2011 online edition of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Professor Bailie and his fellow researchers, Matthew Stevens and Dr Elizabeth McDonald, studied 418 children aged seven years or younger in 10 Northern Territory communities that benefited substantially from governmentfunded housing programs between 2004 and 2005. Previous research has shown that elements of the household and community environment are important underlying determinants of the occurrence of common childhood conditions, which impair child growth and development and contribute risk for chronic disease. However, the analysis in this paper showed that despite housing improvements and accompanying improvements to household hygiene, there was no consistent accompanying reduction in carers reporting of common childhood illnesses. Professor Bailie and his team concluded that high levels of household crowding and poor social, economic and environmental conditions in many Australian Indigenous communities appeared to place major constraints on the potential for building programs to impact on the occurrence of childhood illness. For the full paper go to http://jech.bmj.com/ content/early/2011/06/20/ jech.2011.134874. abstract?sid=268d19d3-00944a41-9a18-32968af0d39a. Paper finds scope to improve health centres Clinical audits on service delivery at 62 Aboriginal community controlled health centres have found substantial room to improve preventive care for well adults, which in turn would assist ongoing efforts to combat the early onset and high prevalence of chronic disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The results of the audit are contained in a paper published in a recent issue of BMC Health Services Research by a team of researchers led by Professor Ross Bailie. The research was primarily about supporting quality improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services, in a way that assists them to identify priorities and implement systematic and evidence-based approaches to enhance client care and service delivery, Professor Bailie said. The paper, Variation in Quality of Preventive Care for Well Adults in Indigenous Community Health Centres in Australia, emerged out of the long-running Audit and Best Practice in Chronic Disease (ABCD) project funded by the CRCAH. The clinical audits were conducted during 200509 on a random sample of records of adults with no known chronic disease in 62 Indigenous community health centres in four Australian States/ Territories. The audits found wide variation in the overall delivery of guideline-scheduled preventive services between health centres. Health centre-level characteristics explained 1347 per cent of the variation in documented preventive care, and the remaining variation was explained by clientlevel characteristics. To download the research paper go to www.biomedcentral. com/1472-6963/11/139, and for more information on One21seventy go to www. one21seventy.org.au/.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.