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Estimating the magnitude of potentially avoidable hospitalisations of Indigenous children in the Australian capital territory: Some methodological challenges

Australian Aboriginal Studies
Issue 1 (2012)

Abstract: Potentially avoidable hospitalisations (PAHs) are important indicators of health gains that can be achieved through provision of appropriate preventive care and early disease management (AIHW 2008; Li Shu et al. 2009), including for Indigenous Australian populations (Stamp et al. 1998). Australian Indigenous people have poorer health than non-Indigenous people, are less likely to utilise health services and more than twice as likely to be hospitalised (AIHW 2009). Little specific research attention has been given, however, to Indigenous children in hospital-based studies of Australian Indigenous peoples. Most studies focus either on the total Indigenous population, or compare Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups (Glasgow et al. 2003). Where studies including Indigenous children have occurred, they have examined outcomes in relation to vaccine-preventable conditions only (Burdon 1995) or explored experiences of remote Aboriginal families whose children were in an urban paediatric hospital (Tanner et al. 2005). No research attention has been given to the magnitude of potentially avoidable hospitalisations for children, including Australian Indigenous children.

To cite this article: Guthrie, Jill. Estimating the magnitude of potentially avoidable hospitalisations of Indigenous children in the Australian capital territory: Some methodological challenges [online]. Australian Aboriginal Studies, No. 1, 2012: 92-97. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=407306360938004;res=IELIND> ISSN: 0729-4352. [cited 12 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Guthrie, Jill; Source: Australian Aboriginal Studies, No. 1, 2012: 92-97 Document Type: Journal Article, Research ISSN: 0729-4352 Subject: Indigenous peoples--Health and hygiene; Indigenous peoples--Social conditions; Children, Aboriginal Australian; Patients--Care; Children--Hospital care; Affiliation: (1) Research Fellow, AIATSIS, and Research Fellow, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU

Database: Indigenous Collection