Winner - Excellence in Indigenous Evaluation 2015, Australasian Evaluation Society.
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Commissioned by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing , the Sentinel Sites Evaluation (2010 – 2013) was a holistic evaluation of the $805m Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (ICDP), a federal government initiative designed to improve the capacity of primary health care services to more effectively prevent and manage chronic disease among Indigenous populations.

The purpose of the evaluation was to assist the Department to understand where and why the ICDP was effective at the local level, to refine ongoing implementation and design of the package. In consultation with the Department, Menzies designed and conducted the formative place-based evaluation covering 24 urban, regional and remote locations in all Australian states and territories.

Findings from the SSE have been used to inform the ongoing implementation of the ICDP; government policy development and advocacy work for improved services for Indigenous people

The SSE has made a substantial contribution to the knowledge base regarding the delivery of primary health care for Indigenous people and evaluation methodology, as reflected in references in government reports and peer-reviewed publications. 

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The project was completed in 2013.

  1. Menzies delivers evaluation of federal Indigenous chronic disease package

    Menzies delivers evaluation of federal Indigenous chronic disease package

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    Primary healthcare policy and planning experts from Menzies have welcomed the release of the report into the landscape of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

  2. Croakey - Some lessons from a major evaluation of efforts to improve care for Indigenous people with chronic diseases

    Croakey - Some lessons from a major evaluation of efforts to improve care for Indigenous people with chronic diseases

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    An innovative evaluation of the major federal investment in Closing the Gap - the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (ICDP) – has highlighted the tendency of such programs to be of most benefit for higher performing health services.

  3. Leaders in the field acknowledged for exemplary engagement and evaluation

    Leaders in the field acknowledged for exemplary engagement and evaluation

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    A prestigious award has been announced by the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) for leadership and excellence in evaluation practice and evaluation capacity building.

Sentinel Sites Evaluation Reports

Bailie, R., Griffin, J., Kelaher, M.,  McNeair, T., Laycock, A., & Percival, N. 2013. Sentinel Sites Evaluation: Interim Report December 2011. Report prepared by Menzies School of Health Research for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. Interim report appendices.

Bailie, R., Griffin, J., Kelaher, M.,  McNeair, T., Percival, N., Laycock, A., & Schierhout, G.  2013. Sentinel Sites Evaluation: Interim Report June 2012. Report prepared by Menzies School of Health Research for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. Interim report appendices.

Bailie, R., Griffin, J., Kelaher, M.,  McNeair, T., Percival, N., Laycock, A., & Schierhout, G. 2013. Sentinel Sites Evaluation: Final Report. Report prepared by Menzies School of Health Research for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. Final report appendices

Bailie, R., Griffin, J., Kelaher, M.,  McNeair, T., Percival, N., Laycock, A., & Schierhout, G.  2013. Sentinel Sites Evaluation: Summary Report. Report prepared by Menzies School of Health Research for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.

Select Publications

Bailie, J., Schierhout, G., Kelaher, M., Laycock, A., Percival, N., O’Donoghue, L., et al. (2014). Follow-up of Indigenous specific health assessments – a social-ecological analysis. Medical Journal of Australia, 200, 653-657. 

Bailie,R., Bailie, J., Chakraborty, A., & Swift, K. (2014). Consistency of denominator data in electronic health records in Australian primary healthcare services: enhancing data quality. Australian Journal of Primary Health dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14071