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CRE Fellow Sean Taylor awarded National Heart Foundation Australian Indigenous Scholarship

Congratulations to CRE Fellow Sean Taylor who has been awarded a National Heart Foundation Australian Indigenous Scholarship for his project  "Improving Diabetes Care and Management in Torres Strait Remote Primary Health Care Settings.

The project aims to improve the management of diabetes in high risk people in remote Torres Strait communities through two studies. The first will improve our understanding of the issues behind so called "psychological insulin resisistance" (the refusal of Torres Strait Islanders to receive insulin treatment in spite of very poor glucose control), using client interviews and previously validated instruments. The second study will look at the impact of formal diabetes care planning and referrals in 5 remote clinics on care processes, intermediate clinical indicators and downstream health outcomes (complications) among 190 adults with diabetes, compared to "usual care" (4 "control" sites) in the Torres Strait, outer islands. The rationale for the second study is that, while it is assumed that care planning will improve clinical outcomes, care planning on its own may be insufficient in this population to achieve this, due to poor systems of follow up and high staff turnover.

Sean will commence his scholarship in 2015 after a 12 month stint working for the Medicare Local.

Project funding awarded is $115,000 over 3 years.