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The Wardliparingga team implements the research program focussing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health within SAHMRI.
The disparity in health status between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is still significant, not just in terms of life expectancy, but generally in rates of heart and kidney disease, diabetes, cancer and depression. The Wardliparingga goal is to improve the health of Aboriginal people in South Australia through a better understanding of disparities health status, how services are delivered and can be improved, and how the Health Care systems can be refocussed to achieve better outcomes.
Wardliparingga is a Kaurna term. Its meaning is ‘house river place’, and is also the name for the Milky Way reflected in the River Torrens, alongside of which SAHMRI is located.
The major programs of Wardliparingga cover:
- Strategies to reduce the incidence and impacts of chronic disease
- Understanding psychosocial determinants of illness and health
- Determining how the disparities in access to quality treatments and services can be improved to drive better health outcomes