The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Case study: The Coolomon Project

Having consistent access to high-quality care is fundamental to good outcomes for burns patients. While there are well documented barriers to access to healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in urban and rural or remote areas, there is no research examining the care received or how these barriers impact on health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

“Burns in children can be a devastating injury, causing life-long scarring and severe psychological trauma”, says Dr Kate Hunter, The George Institute, Australia. “This study is looking to address this gap in research by identifying the burden of burns among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with serious burns, and the data will be used to develop appropriate, best-practice, models of care.”

The study is governed by an advisory group comprising representatives from the investigators, Aboriginal community members, and Aboriginal health organisations and peak bodies. Participants will be from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.