The Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps and Strategies for Improvement (the ESP Project) provides an opportunity to engage people in conversations about systemic barriers or enablers that could improve the delivery of primary health care. It will also help inform system changes to direct resources and efforts where they can most improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The continuous quality improvement (CQI) data for the project is from 170 health services who use the One21seventy tools and processes AND who have agreed to take part in the ABCD National Research Partnership.

How to participate:

To be involved in the ESP Project, please take the time to read the latest report and then complete the survey. The survey asks you to critically consider and reflect on the data presented in the reports and how this applies to your experiences in primary health care.

There are two ways to access the report and survey:

  1. Join the mailing list: email or phone the ABCD team on (07) 3169 4215.
  2. Download the report and complete the survey via the links above.

We would like to encourage everyone to have their say, so if you know someone who might be interested in taking part, please share this information with them. 

Our research focus:

The aims of the ESP Project are to:

  • Identify your priorities and strategies for improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care, in light of the CQI data presented at a national and state or territory level.
  • Provide opportunities for discussion and use of CQI data and evidence from research to inform improvement across all levels of the health system.
  • Learn more about how CQI data can be presented and made available to leaders, managers and influencers across the health system.

The key areas of health care addressed with this phased approach are:

  1. Child Health
  2. Chronic Illness (vascular and metabolic)
  3. Rheumatic Heart Disease
  4. Mental Health and Wellbeing 
  5. Preventive Health
  6. Maternal Health

Over the course of 2014 and 2015, these key areas will each be the focus of a three phased process of interpretation and analysis, as detailed in the diagram below.

 

For further information on the project click here

Our research impact:

Two key outcomes of this project are:

  1. Increased awareness and use of CQI data to inform decision-making at the upper levels of the health system.
  2. Identification of priority areas and strategies for system-wide improvement in the quality of primary health care delivery.

The final outputs of this project will be:

1. Final reports on child health, chronic illness care, mental and wellbeing care, rheumatic heart disease, preventive health  and  maternal health.

The final reports on strategies for improvement in identified priority evidence-practice gaps will be provided to key stakeholders in all jurisdictions.

The findings of the project will be reported in academic journals and in conference presentations and workshops.

2. An evaluation of the ESP Project

A concurrent developmental evaluation of the ESP project is being undertaken to guide the research team in refining the ESP Project materials and processes. Refinements are based on respondent feedback through the phases and cycles of the project and draw on evidence about knowledge translation in healthcare. The evaluation aims to refine ESP materials and processes in ways that support data interpretation, and encourage dialogue and knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders about ways to use aggregated CQI data to address evidence-practice gaps in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander primary health care.

Key staff:

For more detailed information on the key areas of health care click below:

Rheumatic heart disease

We are currently working on analysing the feedback from Phase 2.

State/Territory reports are available on request.

Maternal health

State/Territory reports are available on request.

Mental health and wellbeing

State/Territory reports are available on request.

Preventive health

State/Territory reports are available on request.

Chronic Illness​ (Vascular and Metabolic)

State reports are available on request.

Child health

State reports are available on request.

  • To read more about the ESP Project, click here
  • For more information on facilitating an ESP group discussion click here 
  • To read the research evidence on improving the quality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care, click here
  • For more information on how to interpret the box plot graphs, click here
  • For more information on the ABCD National Research Partnership, click here
  • For more information on One21seventy and how data is collected, click here.