A culturally acceptable depression screening tool is now available for remote living Older Indigenous Australians. Our researchers have adapted a commonly used screening tool Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), by re-wording and translating some of the questions to align with Indigenous cultural norms. It has been specifically validated for older Indigenous people (over 45 years), who live remotely. Our results have shown that the tool known as ,KICA-Dep, has robust psychometric properties and that the use of the cut-point 7/8 is excellent at discriminating people without depression from those who require further assessment. This tool will be very useful to medical professionals and others who work with remote Aboriginal Australians.
Click here to download the KICA-Dep screening tool.