ASLM helping in the Northern Territory with Medical Yarn Ups (MYUs)

ASLM is assisting in the Northern Territory to improve healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The NT has been in the news for its poor healthcare outcomes, particularly for Indigenous populations. The situation is dire, with Indigenous people experiencing some of the worst health equity in the world. This is unacceptable, especially for one of the richest countries in the world. At a recent diabetes conference, a leader from a remote community spoke about the extremely high rates of type 2 diabetes and renal failure in his people, including children under 12 years old.

To address this crisis, the NTPHN has recognised the potential benefits of Shared Medical Appointments/Medical Yarn Ups (MYUs) and how they might reform First Nations healthcare in the NT. MYUs involve consulting with GPs and other providers in a group setting with people who have similar health concerns. This approach is proving to be culturally safe and responsive, effective, and efficient. MYUs also provide an opportunity to deliver care and engage communities in Lifestyle Medicine in culturally responsive ways.

The NTPHN has engaged ASLM to work with NT Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCHOs) to integrate MYUs into their practice and provide training and other support as requested. ASLM members and networked clinicians are encouraged to consider working in the NT, where LM can make a significant difference, especially given the severe workforce shortages.

ASLM will provide updates on this story as it develops.

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