Policy Implications for Controlling Communicable Diseases in Indigenous Communities: Case of Strongyloidiasis in Australia

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Title Policy Implications for Controlling Communicable Diseases in Indigenous Communities: Case of Strongyloidiasis in Australia
Creator Miller, Adrian
Smith, Michelle L
Judd, Jenni A
Speare, Rick
Subject Indigenous Australia
Aboriginal Australia
Strongyloides stercoralis
parasitic infection
chronic disease
institutional racism
neglected tropical disease
Description The objective of this paper is to document the knowledge and experiences of healthcare professionals and researchers in Australia about the barriers to controlling Strongyloides stercoralis in Australian Indigenous communities. Qualitative research methods were used to conduct in-depth semi-structured interviews, which were digitally recorded, transcribed, and participant-checked. Data were thematically analysed to identify significant themes. Five major themes were identified:1)    Barriers to health/treatment;2)    Access to healthcare;3)    Policy;4)    Learning opportunity; and5)    Ideas for intervention.The findings suggest that Australian Indigenous communities will continue to suffer increased morbidity and mortality due to a lack of control or prevention of Strongyloides stercoralis. Issues such as institutional racism, improvements to health promotion, education, socioeconomic determinants, and health care system policy and procedures need to be addressed. This study identifies several direct implications for Indigenous health:The need for increased knowledge and understanding of the risks to health for Indigenous community members;The need for prevention policy development for neglected tropical diseases in Indigenous communities;The need for increased knowledge and understanding of the treatment, diagnosis, and healthcare access concerning Strongyloides stercoralis for health professionals and policymakers who work within Indigenous health;The need to raise awareness of systematic institutional racism in the control and prevention of neglected tropical diseases in Indigenous communities; andThe need for a health promotion framework that can provide the basis for multiple-level interventions to control and prevent Strongyloides in Indigenous communities.
Publisher Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Date 2018-04-03
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/aps/index.php/aps/article/view/28898
Source aboriginal policy studies; Vol. 7 No. 1 (2018): aboriginal policy studies
Language eng
Relation https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/aps/index.php/aps/article/view/28898/pdf
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