INDIGENOUS FAMILIES' USE OF A TERTIARY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN AUSTRALIA

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Abstract

There has been little research into Australian Indigenous families' use of a tertiary paediatric hospital in Western Australia. Scrutiny of existing scientific literature and the reports of government and non-governmental organisations from 1995 onwards did not identify clear referral pathways, health-seeking behaviours or preferences of Indigenous families for a culturally safe hospital model. Family-centred care requires an understanding of how Indigenous children and families arrive at a health service, and the cultural and practical implications of large distances and of leaving other family members behind.

Study provides important lessons in cultural awareness for nursing populations such as migrant families

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