Bettering Aboriginal Heart Health in Western Australia  (BAHHWA)

The BAHHWA Report was completed in December 2014.  The BAHHWA project has produced an important body of work concerning heart disease among Aboriginal Western Australians. In this Report we present a range of these results, aiming to influence the policy and organisational factors that impact on Aboriginal heart health. By providing epidemiological, service and cost information about Aboriginal inequities in disease occurrence, care and outcomes, this Report has a focus on initiating and supporting health system change. Health care providers, the organisations they work in, and policy makers all have a significant role in improving Aboriginal health outcomes. We hope this Report will be useful to clinicians (doctors, nurses, Aboriginal health professionals, health promotion staff, allied health practitioners), those in policy and planning (politicians, peak interest groups, health service managers) and those providing education and training (universities, professional bodies, Aboriginal training organisations).

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Investigating cancer care for Indigenous Australians 

Research Team: Winthrop Professor Sandra C Thompson, Assistant Professor Shaouli Shahid

The Need

Project foundations for DISCOVER-TT originate from findings revealed from research commenced in 2005.  Initial research, undertaken by Dr Shahid, explored the beliefs and understanding of Aboriginal people about cancer and their experiences with cancer services in WA.

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Missing Voices

Difficulties with yarning, thinking straight, understanding, reading, using hand signs and communicating are common after a person has a stroke or an injury to their brain. They might have trouble talking and doing simple things like asking for a cup of tea, calling out to their family, understanding shows on television or using the telephone. These difficulties are called Acquired Communication Disorders (ACD) and can really upset a person’s life and the life of their family and community.
Aboriginal people are experiencing more strokes and brain injuries than non-Aboriginal people each year. However, Aboriginal people don’t seem to be getting the same help for ACD after a stroke or brain injury than non-Aboriginal people. We would like to find out more about why this is happening.

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More Than Talk

An Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal partnership for action

Researchers:  Dr Sandra Thompson, Charmaine Green, Dr Juli Coffin, Dr Judy Katzenellenbogen, Christina Tsou, Emma Haynes, Professor Sarah Prout, Dawn Bessarab, Lisa Wood and Dr Kaniz Gausia


In 2010, the City of Geraldton-Greenough embarked on a community visioning process known as the ‘2029 Sustainable Future City community consultation’. The consultation exercise revealed that Aboriginal people consistently supported the creation and implementation of initiatives targeting racism, access to Aboriginal-friendly life-course education, improvement of social service responsiveness, an increase of opportunities for Aboriginal employment/mentoring, as well as, the visible representation of Aboriginal leadership and culture. This wish-list synergised with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) ‘Closing the Gap’ building blocks, aimed at closing the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.

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