'Are you Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?': improving data collection at BreastScreen Victoria

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Adams, Karen, Kavanagh, Anne and Guthrie, Jill (2004) 'Are you Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?': improving data collection at BreastScreen Victoria. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 28 (2). pp. 124-127. ISSN 1753-6405


Objective: To evaluate the ascertainment and recording of clients’ Indigenous status at BreastScreen Victoria (BSV) by assessing: staff compliance with best practice recommendations in ascertaining Indigenous status data collection practices; and the consistency of recording of Indigenous status between visits. Methods: The Australian Bureau of Statistics/Australian Institute of Health and Welfare best practice recommendations for collecting Indigenous status data were compared against BSV practices. One hundred and thirty-three BSV staff were also surveyed about their practices of ascertaining Indigenous status. An audit of the consistency of recording Indigenous status at first and most recent visit to BSV was also conducted. Results: Current ascertainment and recording of Indigenous status by BSV staff does not comply with best practice recommendations. A high proportion of staff were not ascertaining Indigenous status (34%), and/or perceived they were prevented from asking women whether they were Indigenous (53%). The consistency of recording of Indigenous status between women’s visits was also low. Implications: Our findings are likely to be found in other services where collection of Indigenous status data occurs. To improve data collection, services need to: ensure questions regarding Indigenous status comply with best practice recommendations; provide staff training regarding the importance of collecting the information; and improve Indigenous participation and control of data collection and dissemination.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1529
Official URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Keywords Victorian Indigenous women, breast cancer incidence, mortality, screening, BreastScreen Victoria, BSV, breast-screening centres, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, BSV Indigenous data collection policies and practices, PapScreen Victoria, well women’s’ services, health care
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