Towards the development of a wellbeing model for aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples living with chronic disease

Carol Davy, Elaine Kite, Leda Sivak, Alex Brown, Timena Ahmat, Gary Brahim, Anna Dowling, Shaun Jacobson, Tania Kelly, Kaylene Kemp, Fiona Mitchell, Tina Newman, Margaret O'Brien, Jason Pitt, Kesha Roesch, Christine Saddler, Maida Stewart, Tiana Thomas

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Background: Re-defining the way in which care is delivered, to reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' needs and values, is essential for improving the accessibility of primary healthcare. This study focused on developing a Framework to support the quality of care and quality of life of, as well as treatment for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with chronic disease. Methods: A team of researchers, including thirteen experienced Aboriginal healthcare professionals, came together to undertake this important work. Using a Participatory Action Approach, this study actively engaged people with local knowledge to ensure that the Framework was developed by and for Aboriginal people. Results: The final Wellbeing Framework consists of two core values and four elements, each supported by four principles. Importantly, the Framework also includes practical examples of how the principles could be applied. National Reference Group members, including community representatives, policy makers and healthcare providers, reviewed and approved the final Framework. Conclusion: The outcome of this collaborative effort is a Framework to guide primary healthcare services to develop locally relevant, flexible approaches to care which can respond to communities' and individuals' varied understandings of wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number659
JournalBMC health services research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2017


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people
  • Indigenous
  • Primary health care
  • Resilience
  • Wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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