Rural Indigenous health care and community engagement

Health outcomes and access to health care for indigenous Australians is an important focus. The Gomeroi gaaynggal Indigenous Mothers and Babies Program is an excellent example of research supported by community engagement. This is a collaborative project with the University of Newcastle's Mothers and Babies Research Centre, led by Professor Roger Smith, headed locally by Dr Kym Rae. The strength of the project is in the use and support of an arts health approach underpinned by a participatory action framework while investigating the developmental causes of renal disease among the Aboriginal population.

Publications include:

Rae K. Wearing someone else's shoes. Medical Humanities 2010; 36(1): 40-42

Fuery P, Smith R, Rae K, Burgess R, Fuery K.  Morality, duty and the arts in health: A project on Aboriginal underage pregnancy. Arts and  Health 2009;  1(1):36-47

Rae K, Smith R, Weatherall L, McKay P.  The birth of Gomeroi gaaynggal. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal  2009; 33(6): 9-11