Medical Specialist Access Framework case studies

Case studies demonstrate successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to specialist care across Australia in various health settings. Stakeholders are encouraged to consider how the case studies can inform their own service and practice.

Rural and remote

Australian Aboriginal Woman Hugging Her Granddaughter

Reaching Out to Mums, Bubs and Children in ‘Top End’ Communities
Location: Northern Territory
Principles demonstrated: Flexibility, Family and Patient Oriented

Indigenous people face significant barriers to accessing hospital and specialist care across the remote ‘Top End’ of Northern Territory, where some of the most disadvantaged communities in Australia are found. The Royal Darwin Hospital works to...

Dr Simon Quilty and Jack Little

Building an Outreach Program in Remote Indigenous Communities
Location: Northern Territory
Principles demonstrated: Cultural Safety, Integration and Continuity of Care 

Specialist Dr Simon Quilty started work in Katherine in 2012. In the past five years he has developed an outreach program to remote Indigenous communities in the Katherine area. In this interview with Dr Quilty, he discusses the importance of...

Thursday Island
Reaching Out to People with Diabetes in the Torres Strait Islands

Location: Queensland
Principles demonstrated: Integration and Continuity of Care, Sustainable and Feasible

Torres Strait Islanders have among the highest prevalence of diabetes in Australia. Glycaemic control is a challenge in the Torres Strait Islands and rates of insulin treatment are low. Complications from... 

Multi generation aboriginal family
Marrabinya: Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands

Location: New South Wales
Principles demonstrated: Indigenous Leadership

Rural and remote-living Indigenous people with chronic disease can face barriers of distance, cultural difference and cost in having often complex health care needs met in a coordinated way...


An Inner-City Hospital Establishes an Aboriginal Health Unit

Location: Victoria
Principles demonstrated: Family and Patient Centred, Quality and Accountability

Outreach is not the only way for hospitals to work with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It is also critical to ensure that Indigenous people have a positive hospital experience and that cultural and...

Professor Noel Hayman

Reaching Out to Indigenous People in Outer Suburban Brisbane
Location: Queensland
Principles demonstrated: Indigenous Leadership, Cultural Safety, Community Engagement

This case study shows how specialists contribute to an award-winning Indigenous health service. It includes the remarkable story of how the service’s original 12 Indigenous clients expanded to over 10,000... 

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

Reaching Out to Mums, Bubs and Children in Inner City Melbourne
Location: Victoria
Principles demonstrated: Integration and Continuity of Care, Cultural Safety

Outreach does not necessarily involve travelling long distances to remote communities. The significant health needs of Indigenous people in inner city urban areas are often...
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