6 th May 2014
Indigenous primary health care services show improvement: Report
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has this week released a report indicating significant health improvements across a number of areas of Indigenous primary health care.
The report, National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: First national results June 2012 to June 2013, is the first of its kind to report on the National Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs), capturing data from over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
The report presents facts that show improvements for nineteen ‘process of care’ and ‘health care outcomes’ indicators discussing on the prevention and management of chronic disease and maternal and child health.
The analysis, broken down by states and territories, shows that organisations in Queensland and the Northern Territory performed better against almost all process of care indicators.
Selwyn Button, CEO, QAIHC has today welcomed the report.
“The report released this week from AIHW, stating that continual quality improvement (CQI) process in Queensland and Northern Territory are indeed playing a major role in supporting improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, is a clear sign that community controlled health organisations are the way to go.
“This detailed report also shows that well established CQI programs, like the programs in Aboriginal Medical Services across Queensland, make a positive difference.
“Our Indigenous health organisations are spread across diverse geographic and service delivery environments, and this report validates the ongoing use of CQI programs we have in place.” Mr Button stated.
“I’m also supportive of the view that nKPI reporting contributes to local CQI efforts.
“Understanding that as the peak body representing the Indigenous community controlled health sector in Queensland, using the nKPI reporting system to create sound and evidence based benchmarks, ultimately allows us to identify areas where improvement is needed.
“This comprehensive report does not shirk away from the hard work in front of us.There are a number of key issues that will require further investigation and development, such as type 2 Diabetes and Child immunisation programs, although work has already commenced through such initiatives as the Indigenous Diabetes Examination and Screening (IDEAS) Project.”
There are two key findings from the first complete analysis of the nKPI data for primary health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The first is that there is significant improvement for most organisations, noting that these organisations have spent considerable time and effort on their service delivery and data collection. This effort is benefitting the clients, showing that long term, the improvement will translate into healthier outcomes for Indigenous people.
The second key finding identifies areas for improvement, noting that people with Type 2 Diabetes should have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked every six months. They should also be on health care plans and receiving regular assessments.
To download the National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care: First national results June 2012 to June 2013, go to http://www.aihw.gov.au/home/ and click on the link.
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