Listen, understand, collaborate: developing innovative strategies to improve health service utilisation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men

Kootsy Canuto, Stephen Harfield, Gary Wittert, Alex Brown

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Abstract

There’s been enough talk, now is the time for action. Primary health care services (PHCSs) need to collaborate and develop innovative strategies to increase the use of health services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men are viewed as being disinterested in their health, thus, the blame is being placed on the individuals themselves for their underutilisation of PHCSs. In contrast to this misconception, studies have found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men are interested in their health but many face significant barriers that hinder access.1-7 In response, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men have identified strategies for PHCSs to reduce barriers and increase their use, which fundamentally includes working with local men to develop innovative strategies.1,5-7
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-309
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health Service
  • Aboriginal
  • Torres Strait Islander
  • Men

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