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Infection and Immunity
Video (4:12)18 September, 2016
Infection and Immunity

Reducing rates of STIs

Although sexually transmissible disease like gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomonas and chlamydia are easily treated, rates of these disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are rising.

Uncovering why this is happening, and developing strategies to manage these issues is key to contributing to healthier future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Health services research

Health services research looks at all of the factors that influence how someone accesses health care, the cost of providing this care, and what the outcomes for patients are. It's a holistic approach that allows researchers to look at health care provision from the point of view of the patient as well as the care provider.

The ultimate goal of health services research? To improve the quality and outcomes of health care provided to the community. 

Epidemiological research

Epidemiological research helps us understand the trends and patterns in diseases in the community, and importantly, why these diseases occur. Associate Professor James Ward and his team are examining why young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are at greater risk of developing sexually transmissible infections than their non-Aboriginal peers.

Acknowledgments

Associate Professor Ward is affiliated with Flinders University of South Australia.

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