What would culturally appropriate Arthritis information and education resources look like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians?
Arthritis conditions are one of the leading causes of pain and disability in Australia with a
higher prevalence and burden of disease identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Patient education is an integral part of care for any chronic disease, including Arthritis conditions. Despite availability of numerous Arthritis education resources, current existing information does not meet the needs of many Indigenous Australians.
My project aims to utilise Participatory Action Research and qualitative methodology, to provide evidence-based health information and education resources that are culturally appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria who experience Arthritis. Once developed, these can be used in healthcare or as stand-alone consumer information resources to promote self-management, translating to better health outcomes.
Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital