Indigenous health: effective and sustainable health services through continuous quality improvement

Ross Stewart Bailie, Damin Si, L O'DONOGHUE, Michelle Dowden

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    Abstract

    � The Australian government's Healthy for Life program is supporting capacity development in Indigenous primary care using continuous quality improvement (CQI) techniques. � An important influence on the Healthy for Life program has been the ABCD research project. The key features contributing to the success of the project are described. The ABCD research project: uses a CQI approach, with an ongoing cycle of gathering data on how well organisational systems are functioning, and developing and then implementing improvements; is guided by widely accepted principles of community-based research, which emphasise participation; and adheres to the principles and values of Indigenous health research and service delivery. The potential for improving health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities using a CQI approach should be strengthened by clear clinical and managerial leadership, supporting service organisations at the community level, and applying participatory-action principles.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)525-527
    Number of pages3
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Volume186
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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