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Clinical Management of Aboriginal People with Co-existing Diabetes and Alcohol-related Health Problems



The aim of this project was to meet a need stated by Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) across South Australia (SA) for accurate, coordinated processes that produced quality outcomes for Aboriginal people with co-existing diabetes and alcohol-related health problems.

Information on any current protocols and clinical pathway data were sought from health service providers that served this large client group across SA. To understand the issues involved, the published literature was searched to provide a context to the problem, an insight into the current processes in each of the disease areas, and how these were being implemented. Discussion and recommendations focused on ways service providers and AHWs' learning needs may be met so that AHWs and other health professionals are better prepared to manage their clients' needs.

This project was completed in June 2004.

Abstract adapted from Lowitja Institute


Charlotte de Crespigny
Project Leader
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University

Evaluated publications

de Crespigny C, Groenkjaer M, King M, Van Loon A (2004)

Clinical management of Aboriginal people with co-existing diabetes and alcohol related health problems: a review, final report.

Adelaide: Flinders University, School of Nursing and Midwifery

This project aimed to review the literature and identify evidence of clinical pathways, protocols and procedures being used by health professionals and Aboriginal Health Workers in the assessment and management of comorbid alcohol related disease and diabetes in Aboriginal people. Comorbid diagnoses present serious health needs for Aboriginal people and especially those with diabetes.

This report summarises the relevant desktop and published literature to make recommendations for future action regarding improved management and enhanced outcomes of this client group.

Charlotte de Crespigny, RN, PhD, FRCNA Mette Groenkjaer, RN, MNg (Alcohol and Other Drug Studies) Meri King, RN, RM, BEd, MEdst, PhD (candidature) Antonia van Loon, RN, PhD abstract


Last updated: 11 August 2016
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