Qualitative exploration of the perceived barriers and enablers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing healthcare through one Victorian Emergency Department

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people experience challenges when accessing health care from the emergency department (ED). The aim of this project was to identify the perceived barriers and enablers to accessing health care at one Victorian Emergency Department for the local ATSI community. This qualitative explorative study collected data using focus groups or yarns to investigate the perceptions of the ATSI community presentations to the ED. Data were analysed following the standards of qualitative data analysis procedure. Three themes emerged organisational process, staffinteractions and strategies for improvement. Information from this study will assist hospital and ED executives and practitioners to collaborate with the ATSI community in developing and implementing policy and practice changes that enable Aboriginal patients to be identified and receive culturally appropriate care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-58
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aboriginal and torres strait islander
  • Emergency department
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative
  • Yarning

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