Addressing surgical inequity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia's universal health care system: a call to action

Penny O'Brien, Samantha Bunzli, Ivan Lin, Dawn Bessarab, Juli Coffin, Michelle M Dowsey, Peter F M Choong

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Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to experience health inequity within the Australian health care system. Little research has examined how disparities in surgical care access and outcomes contribute to Aboriginal health. In this narrative review and call to action, we discuss five care points along the journey to high-quality surgical care: health care seeking, primary health care services, specialist services, surgery and surgical outcomes. We highlight barriers and disparities that exist along this journey, drawing examples from the field of joint replacement surgery. Finally, we present opportunities for change at the health system, health service and clinician level, calling upon researchers, clinicians and policy makers to confront the surgical disparities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-244
Number of pages7
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Volume91
Issue number3
Early online date28 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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