A recent study in the International Journal for Equity in Health showed that contrary to common misconceptions, "most of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men participants were motivated to engage with primary health care services for preventative health care" (Canuto et.al. p.1).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men were found to be interested in their health, and when given the opportunity, were willing to share their ideas and suggestions as to how service utilization could be improved. This study also revealed how the development of local strategies should be co-founded by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men together with their local Primary Health Care Services.(Canuto et.al. p10)
Danila Dilba men’s Clinic was praised for it's approach of providing clients with a courtesy reminder about their appointment the day prior to their appointment. The article also stated that the Danila Dilba Men's Clinic "has been successful in engaging their intended clients by offering a comprehensive service staffed by a practice manager, clinic coordinator, Aboriginal health practitioner, two general practitioners, a customer service officer and a counsellor; all of which are men.(Canuto et.al p.9) Danila Dilba also holds “specialist clinics with a visiting Endocrinologist every 3 months.
Danila Dilba is proud of our approach in providing a culturally friendly approach through our Men's Clinic and all our clinics and will continue to support our male clients in accessing the best possible health care.
"I feel more comfortable speaking to a male" - research article
Read the full research article below:
“I feel more comfortable speaking to a male”: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s discourse on utilizing primary health care services
Authors: Kootsy Canuto, Gary Wittert, Stephen Harfield and Alex Brown
Published in International Journal for Equity in Health 2018 17:185
Web link: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-018-0902-1