A Review of the Cultural Safety of a National Indigenous Point-of-Care Testing Program for Diabetes Management

Mark Douglas Shephard, Christopher O'Brien, Anthony Burgoyne, Jody Croft, Trevor Garlett, Kristina Barancek, Heather Joan Halls, Bridgit McAteer, Lara Alexandra Motta, Anne Kathryn Shephard

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    Abstract

    In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have approximately three-fold higher rates of diabetes than non-Indigenous Australians. Point-of-care testing, where pathology tests are conducted close to the patient, with results available during the patient consultation, can potentially deliver several benefits for both the Indigenous client and the health professional team involved in their care. Currently, point-of-care testing for diabetes management is being conducted in over 180 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services as part of a national program called Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services (QAAMS). The cultural safety of the Program was reviewed by sourcing the views of the QAAMS Indigenous Leaders Team in a focus group setting and by surveying the point-of-care testing operators enrolled in QAAMS, via an electronic questionnaire. The current study confirms that QAAMS remains a culturally safe program that fills a permanent and positive niche within the Indigenous health sector. The study demonstrates that QAAMS provides a convenient and accessible 'one-stop' pathology service for Indigenous clients with diabetes and empowers Aboriginal Health Workers to have a direct role in the care of their diabetes clients.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)368-374
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
    Volume22
    Issue number4
    Early online date2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Aboriginal health workers
    • Indigenous Leaders Team
    • pathology tests
    • Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services (QAAMS).

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