There are differences of opinion on the appropriate usage of the terms Indigenous and Aboriginal. In general, the term Indigenous is inclusive of all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whereas Aboriginal is often used to refer to regional groups such as those in the Northern Territory. We use the terms interchangeably throughout this paper unless specifically referring to the study participants and their communities in the Northern Territory, in which case the term Aboriginal is used.
‘We don't have anyone with dementia here’: A case for better intersectoral collaboration for remote Indigenous clients with dementia
Article first published online: 25 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health © National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 190–194, August 2012
How to Cite
Lindeman, M. A., Taylor, K. A., Kuipers, P., Stothers, K. and Piper, K. (2012), ‘We don't have anyone with dementia here’: A case for better intersectoral collaboration for remote Indigenous clients with dementia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20: 190–194. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01284.x
- Issue published online: 25 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 25 JUL 2012
- Accepted for publication 7 May 2012.
- dementia awareness;
- Indigenous community
Objective: This paper reports on findings related to intersectoral collaboration stemming from an evaluation of a dementia awareness resource for use in remote Aboriginal communities*. The resource includes a DVD in English and three (3) Aboriginal languages of the Northern Territory.
Design: A qualitative evaluation was conducted in four Northern Territory Aboriginal communities/organisations where the resource had been implemented by external dementia educators. The method included five focus groups with Indigenous aged care workers, community members and aged care service users (n = 26), individual interviews with health care professionals and service coordinators (n = 5), and observation. Data were analysed thematically.
Results: Specific findings relating to intersectoral collaboration as a key enabling factor of effective dementia awareness and care are discussed in this paper. In addition to context variables such as understaffing and under-resourcing, there might be a lack of knowledge or interest on the part of some health practitioners concerning clients with dementia within remote communities.
Conclusion: Dementia awareness in remote communities needs to be tackled from a ‘whole system’ perspective and not be the exclusive domain of the aged care services. Strategies that increase the critical mass of informed caregivers as well as health professionals will contribute to better services.