Since 2010, I’ve been part of an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal health – REACCH (Research Excellence in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health). The collaboration is jointly managed by the Kirby Institute at UNSW and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO); there are four participating Aboriginal community-controlled health services:
Our research focuses on sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses; each health service has developed projects that meet local priorities but we have also undertaken complex analyses of data from the services’ patient information management systems (for example this paper on hepatitis b).
This week I’m at the inaugural World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis in Alice Springs, with several REACCH colleagues. Viral hepatitis is a significant health burden for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (eg the rate of help c is increasing, in contrast to non-Indigenous people). Check out the twitter conversation via #IndigHVConf . Yesterday I presented on clients’ experiences of hep c treatment undertaken within a community setting – Nunkuwarrin Yunti.
Later in the week the World Indigenous Peoples’ conf makes way for the 9th Australian Viral Hepatitis Conference. I’m presenting on Friday on what made the community-based hep c treatment program acceptable to clients (hint: it was everything a hospital wasn’t). I’ll post the twitter hash tag here when things kick off.