School of Paediatrics and Child Health

ISAC research and current projects

Current ISAC projects 

 

Projects under development:

  • Understanding the effectiveness of a screening tool (ASQ-TRAK) for assessment of developmental delay in urban Aboriginal children (Dr Natalie Strobel)
  • Improving early infant primary health care for Aboriginal babies in WA (Dr Daniel McAullay)
  • Improving Aboriginal infant neurodevelopment in the Kimberley region of WA: Baby yarning (Dr Julia Marley)
  • Improving detection and management of perinatal mental health issues in Aboriginal communities (Prof David Atkinson)

 

 


Our research projects are aimed at:


  • Effectiveness of current strategies
  • Economic framework and evaluation
  • In-depth qualitative research
  • New health services models focused on delivery and specific services
  • Evidence synthesis

 

Effectiveness of current strategies

Population-based data linkage techniques are used to assess the effectiveness of current strategies to improve access and assess their effects on child health outcomes, especially those based in primary care. Researchers also analyse:

  • high-quality primary care audit data to assess the effectiveness of past and current strategies to improve health service quality on child health outcomes, and
  • population-based routinely collected data from child health prevention programs to understand the current gaps in data quality and access.

ISAC also assist collaborators and other health professionals in analysing their own child health data and assess differentials in access and quality of primary care in high risk groups such as preterm infants and pathways to primary care. Read more about our projects...

Economic framework and evaluation

We will conduct qualitative research into family, community and service provider perspectives about the important costs and outcomes arising from health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, especially those within primary care, test new economic evaluation tools within key knowledge and clinical guideline pathways. We will also perform incremental cost-effective analyses, economic appraisals and evaluations within key ISAC projects

This project is under development.

 

In-depth qualitative research

ISAC researchers will interview families and service providers using participatory methodology and other qualitative methodologies to understand perspectives, barriers and facilitators to accessing services and priorities.

This project is under development.

 

New health services models focused on delivery and specific services

Our key projects are to:

  • test new models of peer-led targeted support and clinical governance to improve quality of health service care in primary care sites
  • evaluate the efficacy of new models of population cohort pre-call systems in improving access and use of primary care services in pilot sites
  • improve the quality of maternal health care provision and improve neonatal and infant neurodevelopment and anaemia in pilot primary care sites
  • evaluate the efficacy of new models of home visiting and care for development in improving neurodevelopment and speech delay in young infants
  • evaluate current child health preventative program implementation across Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland
We also aim to:
  • evaluate new models of ambulatory care coordination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in regional and urban areas
  • evaluate anaemia and micronutrient supplementation pilot data, implement new models of care and design robust evaluation methodologies
  • evaluate immunisation supplementation pilot data, implement new models of care and design robust evaluation methodologies
  • evaluate pilot data and implement new models that will improve screening (ASQ) , diagnosis (Bayley) and evaluation (AEDI) of developmental disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children
  • evaluate pilot data and implement new models that will improve use of primary care services and enhance developmental outcomes in preterm and non-preterm infants
  • develop other new projects that can improve access and quality of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

 

Evidence synthesis 

Robust qualitative and quantitative evidence synthesis pathways will be developed which use mixed method approaches to synthesise knowledge about access, quality and costs of health services for Aboriginal children. We also plan to improve evidence-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health and maternal clinical practice guidelines for primary, secondary and tertiary health services, and use knowledge to improve existing and new projects across the health service continuum. Read more...


 

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