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Coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians

Posted on: 18 August, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 3, July 2014 – September 2014
Related to Deaths Cardiovascular health Respiratory health Hospitalisation

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)
Coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indigenous Australians
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper explores the prevalence, hospitalisation and mortality rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among Indigenous Australians. Key findings include:

  • the prevalence of CHD and COPD was higher in the Indigenous population compared with other Australians
  • the prevalence of several risk factors (tobacco smoking, exercise, overweight and obesity) was high in both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, however rates of smoking among Indigenous adults was declining
  • hospitalisation rates for CHD and COPD were higher in the Indigenous population compared with other Australians
  • Indigenous Australians are more likely to die from CHD and COPD than other Australians, however CHD death rates are improving
  • the rates of chronic disease management are increasing (MBS health checks, GP management plans, team care arrangements and Closing the gap prescriptions).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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