Investigators: Alice Mitchell, Anna Ralph, Clancy Read, Dawn Bessarab, Djambawa Marawilli, Emma Haynes, Jeff Cook, Minitja Marawilli.
Aims: This is a community-based participatory action research project. After involvement in the Improving Secondary Prophylaxis for ARF (“SP”) trial, community concerns were expressed for children to be supported to stay “on track” with their secondary prophylaxis, and for the community to be “on watch” for the symptoms of ARF/RHD. Aims of On Track Watch are to bridge the knowledge gap identified in the SP study: namely, how to effectively engage communities in order to deliver effective self-management support for chronic disease care. Using community-based participatory action research (CBPAR), the project is developing and implementing actions to prevent further RHD cases, strengthening community research knowledge, and collaboratively developing knowledge translation processes. Community researchers are enrolled in the 10513NAT Certificate II in Community Research, run through Menzies School of Health Research.
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