How Katherine Hospital, once Australia’s worst for Indigenous health, became one of the best – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Katherine Hospital in the Northern Territory has gone from one of the worst facilities in the country when it comes to Indigenous health care to one of the best.Their secret: engaging with Indigenous patients and supporting doctors.When physician Simon Quilty arrived at the hospital, it was going through a major crisis.”What had happened in 2010 is that the hospital found itself in a situation where things were falling apart,” he says.A number of doctors complained to the NT Medical Board about a lack of supervision and the impractical workload. The hospital was on the verge of shutting down.More than one in four Indigenous patients left Katherine Hospital before completing treatment, often without informing staff, the worst rate in the nation. These “take own leave” cases are complex, but one factor is Indigenous patients’ perception of inadequate treatment.

Source: How Katherine Hospital, once Australia’s worst for Indigenous health, became one of the best – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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