|Requested Tiers||Project Title||Project Summary|
|1, 2, 3||ECCO: Enhancing Equity, Collaboration and Culturally secure Osteoarthritis care for Aboriginal Australians||Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of inactivity and commonly co-exists with other chronic conditions which disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (herewith referred to Aboriginal Australians). Aboriginal Australians are more likely to experience osteoarthritis than non-Aboriginal Australians but seek care at less than half the expected rate. To address this mismatch, OPUS researchers together with Indigenous health researchers, are embarking on a program of research to engage Aboriginal voices to understand and meet the needs of Aboriginal Australians with osteoarthritis.|
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