It is well recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men are the most disadvantaged population group in Australia in terms of physical well-being. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men have higher death rates, and are more likely to die at much younger ages from circulatory disease than the general population (AIHW, 2012), and they often have poor access to effective health services.(AIHW)
"Health services need to be accessible i.e. physically available, financially affordable and appropriate."
They also need to acknowledge and respect cultural factors, physical and financial barriers. Health services must also make the community aware of available services.
In order to improve Indigenous access to urban and regional health services, individual service providers need to identify the specific issues relating to their community and selectively adapt the suggested strategies. Also, see Closing The Gap Clearinghouse: Improving the accessibility of health services in urban and regional settings for Indigenous people
This clinical summary guide helps health practitioners to understand the various barriers that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and men from remote communities face when accessing health services. It also provides strategies to successfully engage them.
- Engaging Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Men In Primary Care Settings -227 KB
Guidelines for practitioners seeking to better engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and men from remote communities.