Australian Programs

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For more than fifteen years, Abt Associates has worked at all levels of the Australian health sector, developing innovative ways to solve our client’s most complex challenges. We bring expertise in Program Design, Program Implementation, Evaluation, Research and Analysis, Curriculum Development and Education, Primary Health Care Policy Inputs, Population Health, Standards compliance and accreditation preparedness. In addition Abt Associates offers Specialist Services Including in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, aged care, clinical and corporate governance, organisational restructuring, public health and primary health care strategies targeting crucial issues such as chronic disease, communicable diseases, maternal and child health, mental health and substance misuse.

Abt Associates believe that we are obligated to our communities and to our funders to provide a range of services which are promotive, preventive, curative, supportive and rehabilitative. We understand that in order to have the desired impact we must take account of the life stage of individuals and recognise the role that social determinants have on health. We accept that life does not deal everyone an equal hand and thus issues of social justice, equity and equality require strong positive influences. Abt Associates stands up to be counted as a key influencer in the health sector globally and in Australia. We aim, in all our planning and delivery to ensure that we do our work through a lens of capacity development and empowerment, delivering better health outcomes to urban, rural and remote communities and individuals.

Making an impact

Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program Support Service Commonwealth Department of Health

Although comparable programs have been conducted in other parts of the world, the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) marks the first time Australia has undertaken a program focused on improving maternal health and early childhood development among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people*. To ensure reliable answers to questions such as how behavior change happens and best practices for building life skills, as well as guarantee the validity of long-term outcomes, Abt was charged with training, as well as monitoring and evaluating the program.

Now in its fifth year, Abt analyzes 1,000 data points for every participant, every three to six months, and ensures practitioners working under different lead organizations all adhere to the same program parameters. Based on the success of similar programs in the U.S. and Canada, this study could go a long way toward removing the obstacles to better health and development currently faced by Australia’s most disadvantaged.

Completed Projects

Mersey Hospital

Client: Department of Health and Ageing

Years: 2007-2008

Provision of Hospital Executive (CEO, Finance Director, Human Resources Director) for management of hospital function during period of transition from Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to DoHA and subsequent alternative control.

Mersey Hospital
Department of Health and Ageing

Development of Family based Primary Health Care in Indigenous Communities

Client: Commonwealth Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Years: 2007

Provided advice on the development of family based primary health care in Indigenous communities, including: Undertaking a comprehensive literature review, and collecting and analysing background material; Participative community-based workshop facilitation; Provision of policy advice on implementing a family based model of primary health care.

Development of Family based Primary Health Care in Indigenous Communities

Feasibility Study on the Development of an Ethical Nurse Migration Strategy for Queensland

Client: Queensland Health

Years: 2008

Conducted a feasibility study on the development of an ethical nurse migration strategy for Queensland.

Feasibility Study on the Development of an Ethical Nurse Migration Strategy for Queensland