Best Practice Domain


 

Best Practice Care was identified as a key Domain by the Leadership Group. Presently this Domain has two priority projects underway.

Project 1: Developing a Best Practice Model of Service Delivery

Initial work within the Best Practice Domain has focused on the development of a primary health care service delivery model. The overarching aim of this project is to identify what should be included in a best practice service delivery model for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. In order to achieve this aim, the study will address the following three questions:

  1. What characteristics (values, components and suggested practical applications) should be included in a best practice service delivery model for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services?
  2. What resources are required to implement a best practice service delivery model for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services?
  3. What are the facilitators and barriers to implementing a best practice primary health care service delivery model within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service?

Guided by a National Reference Group four integrated phases of research activity will be undertaken to answer these questions.

 

If you would like any further information or you are keen to register your interest in being involved in the work of Project 1 of the Best Practice Domain, please contact Mr Stephen Harfield [email protected] or Dr Carol Davy [email protected].

Project 2: What Keeps You Strong? A Research Program Aimed at Supporting the Wellbeing of Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The main aim of this research is to assist primary healthcare and aged care services to develop models of care which will support the wellbeing of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and at the same time, to improve the acceptability of services for these members of our community. Given the ageing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations there will be a growing demand for culturally appropriate aged care services which accounts for family relationships and remains situated as close as possible, if not within their communities.

Rather than focusing on one level of care, the What Keeps You Strong research program will take an integrative approach, considering a range of different services that are available to support older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the care continuum.

Continuum of Care diagram

Figure 1: A continuum of care for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples wellbeing

  1. How do older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people conceptualise wellbeing?
  2. How could primary healthcare and aged care services support such concepts of wellbeing?
  3. How can the acceptability of primary healthcare and aged care services be improved?
  4. What are the enablers and barriers to implementing these changes within primary healthcare and aged care services?

If you would like any further information or you are keen to register your interest in being involved in the work of Project 2 of the Best Practice Domain, please contact Dr Carol Davy [email protected].