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Factors associated with reported service use for mental health problems by residents of rural and remote communities: Cross-sectional findings from a baseline survey

The patterns of health service use by rural and remote residents are poorly understood and under-represented in national surveys. This paper examines professional and non-professional service use for mental health problems in rural and remote communities in Australia.
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Strategic approaches to enhanced health service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic illness: a qualitative study

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic illness confront multiple challenges that contribute to their poor health outcomes, and to the health disparities that exist in Australian society. This study aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to care and support for Aboriginal and Torres...

Accessing maternal and child health services in Melbourne, Australia: reflections from refugee families and service providers

This study aims to explore experiences of using maternal and child health services, from the perspective of families from refugee backgrounds and service providers. Often new arrivals from refugee backgrounds have experienced poor health and limited access to healthcare services. The maternal and child health...

Oral health and social and emotional well-being in a birth cohort of Aboriginal Australian young adults

This research report explores the impact of poor oral health on the lives of a group young Indigenous Australians. Social and emotional well-being is an important component of overall health. In the Indigenous Australian context, risk indicators of poor social and emotional well-being include social...
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The relationship between number of primary health care visits and hospitalisations: Evidence from linked clinic and hospital data for remote Indigenous Australians

rimary health care (PHC) is widely regarded as essential for preventing and treating ill health. However, the evidence on whether improved PHC reduces hospitalisations has been mixed. This study examines the relationship between PHC and hospital inpatient care in a population with high health need...