Culturally secure practice in midwifery education and service provision for Aboriginal women

This research project, led by PhD student Rosalie Thackrah, focuses on the preparation of midwifery students to provide culturally secure care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.  The study investigates approaches used to prepare midwifery students to work with and care for pregnant and birthing Aboriginal women and whether students perceive that they are adequately prepared to care for Aboriginal women and their babies at graduation.

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High Risk Foot Model of Care

The Western Australian Department of Health developed the High Risk Foot Model of Care in 2010. As part of the initiative we reviewed the trends in amputations for arterial disease or diabetes-related complications in Western Australia for the period 2000–2008.

Among those aged 25–49 years with diabetes, minor amputations were 27 times more likely, and major amputations 38 times more likely, in Aboriginal people (Box 1). Nearly all (98%) of the amputations in Aboriginal people were associated with diabetes.

There is ample evidence that simple interventions such as foot screening, education and appropriate footwear are cost-effective measures to reduce amputations in patients with Diabetes.

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Living and Loving - FIFO and Pregnancy

The WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) has partnered with UWA to sponsor the FIFO Pregnancy Study. This project is the brainchild of PhD Candidate, Lorili Jacobs (Lori), former obstetric ultrasonographer at KEMH and now recipient of a 3 year Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship. Lorili is supervised by Winthrop Professor Sandra Thompson at WACRH, Professor Angus Cook at the School of Population Health at UWA, and Asst. Prof Kimberley McAuley at the School of Paediatric and Child Health.

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