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Six months has been added to the life expectancy of Aboriginal people living in south east Queensland with the launch of streamlined chronic disease services and aggressive preventive health programs masterminded by local Indigenous medical clinics.
Just five years after overhauling the region’s Indigenous health services, the rate of diabetes-related illnesses, chronic heart disease, smoking and obesity has fallen dramatically among the 70,000 Aboriginal people living in and around Brisbane. Successful education and treatment programs are among the services helping Aboriginal people help themselves prevent and tackle chronic illness.
Source: The Australian