Reconciliation Week and findings from an Aboriginal health evaluation

Six years ago I worked with colleagues to evaluate a health program operating in five Western Australian communities where Aboriginal people were chronically under-served. The state government funded mainstream organisations to employ Aboriginal community workers, conduct healthy lifestyle activities and …

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My pick of readings on scaling up health interventions amid complexity

My last post discussed how I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t enough to describe which strategies were effective in scaling up maternal and child health intervention s throughout a national health system in a low or middle income …

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Scaling up health interventions: What works? isn’t the most important question

I spent most of 2014 working with American colleagues to derive lessons about scaling up high impact maternal and child health interventions in developing countries. Getting an innovation—a new drug, clinical practice or program—to more people and making it a …

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Videoconferencing between rural patients and urban specialists finally here

It started with a passing comment.  My GP told me to wait in another office because the usual one was being used for a SKYPE consult between a local patient and a Perth specialist.  ‘Really? How long have you being …

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A population perspective on obesity

Here is a new perspective on the obesity question–one that brings in population. A study from the UK calculated the total weight of each population in the world and then calculated its total biomass and amount due to obesity (BMI …

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The next challenge for Aboriginal antenatal care

In the last week I have returned to some interviews done by Glenda Taylor and other colleagues at CURCH. Aboriginal women were asked about their experiences with antenatal services at Aboriginal medical services, private general practitioners and hospitals. The research …

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