Primary Health Care Analysis

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Culture is not static. Culture is a dynamic ever-changing process. Cultural values and norms differ from one society to another. This is why culturally primary health appropriate care is highly important in improving the outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians. In 2013 the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) brought out a strategic ten point plan to help combat the aboriginal health status. This paper will focus on the second goal, to deliver innovation comprehensive primary health care. With the goal to increase the access to culturally appropriate comprehensive primary health care to bridge the gap in care to ATSI to improve health outcomes. This essay will give a brief overview the…show more content…
PHC is accessible to all, socially acceptable, with evidence based care delivered by health services. A multi disciplinary team that is well trained and supported with an integrated referral system, that gives top priority to those in most need, is socially suitable, commonly accessible, scientifically comprehensive first level care delivered and provided by health services. This involves collaboration and partnerships over many sectors of health. This model of care also addresses the inequities, maximised community and individual reliance, participation and control. Carey et al. (2013) explains PHC needs to involve health promotion, illness prevention, care of the sick, advocacy and community development. Carey et al. (2013) also discussed that PHC integrates all types of health care to treat patients, such as educating the patient on preventing disease and…show more content…
Black (2008) explains that nursing care currently has progressed beyond just treating illnesses through diagnosis and prescribing a cure, it is important to approach illnesses with a comprehensive holistic view to patient care with transcultural nursing being advocated for by the community. It is the community health nurses role to support clients and cares in the management of their own health within their homes and community. This level of care can improve the health outcomes of ATSI clients, increasing life expectancy and decrease mortality (Wilkes et al. 2013). Within this role it is important for the community nurse to be able to advocate for the client, assess situations, provide emotional support, listen to client needs and monitor ongoing needs for the client and family (Wilkes et al. 2013). In this role it is also important for the community health nurse to educate themselves on the culturally appropriate practices, cultural beliefs and cultural medicine in an effort to incorporate a holistic approach. The community health nurse must also take into account how to bridge gaps in health education and bridge and language barriers that may be encountered. This ensures that the client is receive the best possible care that is available to

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