1. Collaboration – services to
address remote community needs
2. Lighthouse Hospital project –
improving cardiac care for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples

Michaelmas Cay

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Stream 1: Social determinants of health

Collaboration – services to address Remote Community Needs

Speakers: Lynette Brown and Tegan Schefe

Time: 10.30am – 10.50am

The Woorabinda Collaboration is a two-part working collaboration between 1. Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN (CQWBSC) and Check UP to deliver the Woorabinda allied health program and 2. Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council (WASC) and Central Queensland PHN to grow locally available and community owned services in addition to coordinating existing services to better meet the needs of the local community.

It was identified there was a lack of engagement and access to health services by community and that a coordinated approach was much needed to improve the health and wellbeing of the community. WASC and CQWBSC PHN plan to work together to address mental health and alcohol and other drugs as well as chronic disease in the region.

Lighthouse Hospital Project – Improving cardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Speaker: Katharine Silk

Time: 10.55am – 11.15am

The burden of heart disease is unequally distributed in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are three times more likely to have a heart attack and are dying from cardiovascular disease at almost twice the rate of non-Indigenous Australians. They are more likely to be admitted to hospital for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) episodes, die in hospital or leave against medical advice.

Best practice healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples requires culturally safe integrated services, with a visible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, to ensure continuity and delivery of patient-centred care.

The Lighthouse Hospital Project is a joint initiative of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the Heart Foundation funded by the Australian Government. Phases I (2012–13) and II (2013–2016) of the project aimed to drive change in the acute care setting to improve care and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experiencing coronary heart disease (CHD). The Lighthouse Hospital Project is now in its third phase (2017-2019) and includes 18 hospitals across Australia representing almost 50% of all CHD separations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A focus of Phase III is to enhance relationships between hospitals, local Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations and Primary Health Networks to improve the patient journey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients within the context of their environment.

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