Respiratory follow-up to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children: twelve key steps. Pamela Laird et al. Open AccessPublished:August 05, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100239
In Western Australia (WA), the burden is particularly high, with admission rates for ALRI’s and pneumonia 7•5 and ~14 times higher respectively, in Aboriginal children compared to non-Aboriginal children.
The process for ensuring medical follow-up of Aboriginal children post-hospitalisation for ALRI complex and includes at least 12 steps. Many of the facilitators, such as ascertaining Aboriginal status, providing Aboriginal parents with culturally appropriate health information should be embedded in routine medical care for all health conditions. Cultural competence training is an important strategy to improve the knowledge and skills for staff to confidently engage with Aboriginal parents will facilitate medical follow-up.