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Revision of the preventable chronic disease strategy: background paper: preventable chronic diseases in Aboriginal populations

Posted on: 21 August, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 3, July 2009 - September 2009
Related to Cardiovascular health Diabetes Kidney health Respiratory health Nutrition Protective and risk factors Alcohol use Tobacco use Northern Territory

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (2009)
Revision of the preventable chronic disease strategy: background paper: preventable chronic diseases in Aboriginal populations.
Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families
The gap of 17 years between the life expectancy of Aboriginal people and all other Australians is well known. Aboriginal people have much higher rates of chronic diseases than other Australians. For Aboriginal people in the NT the most common illnesses are type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression, ischaemic heart disease, kidney disease and airways disease. The NT Preventable Chronic Disease Strategy (PCDS) was developed in 1999 to provide direction for addressing chronic disease throughout the NT. During 2009, the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families worked collaboratively with General Practice Network NT, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT and Good Health Alliance NT to revise the PCDS and develop an implementation plan.

This revision will build on achievements to date and is being undertaken to ensure a consistent, integrated and evidence based approach to chronic disease for all Territorians while taking into consideration the unique needs of specific populations.

Revision of the Preventable Chronic Disease Strategy: background paper
The purpose of this paper is to provide background information about chronic diseases in the Aboriginal population in the NT and to stimulate input and comment to assist in the revision of the PCDS and implementation plan. This paper outlines some of the issues in relation to chronic diseases in Aboriginal populations in the NT. It is structured around the three key components of the current NT PCDS of prevention, early detection and management of chronic diseases.

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