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Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients residing in Australian residential aged-care facilities

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  • Conflict of interest: None identified by the author.

Dr Nicole J. Brooke, The Whiddon Group, 81 Belmont Road, Glenfield, New South Wales, 2167, Australia. Email: n.brooke@bigpond.net.au

Abstract

This review was undertaken to identify evidence-based practice guidelines to support the care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients residing in residential aged-care facilities. A systematic literature review was undertaken. An electronic search of online databases and subsequent manual retrieval process was undertaken to identify relevant reports and studies that explored interventions for care of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person. Very limited published material identified strategies necessary within residential aged care. Sixty-seven articles were considered for inclusion, and a subsequent review resulted in 34 being included due to direct alignment with the study aim. Strategies recommended within the review cover areas such as care, communication, palliative care, activities and the environment. Care for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person in an Australian residential aged-care facility requires a collaborative and individual approach. Cultural safety principles should be maintained across a culturally competent workforce. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in care is a significant experience that should not be considered ‘routine’ as there is much to consider in the care of this person and their community.

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