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Researchers from CQUniversity were recently awarded with a $45,194 grant from Central Queensland Medicare Local to commence a study that explores Indigenous knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic disease conditions in the greater Rockhampton region.
Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Dr Pamela CroftWarcon, Dr Susan Kinnear and Julie Mann will lead the work and invite other researchers with specialist health knowledge to assist. Researchers will also work closely with CQ Medicare Local, the Bidgerdii Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service and other organisations.
'This project will contribute new, much-needed information to the current literature, as well as assisting a broad range of other stakeholders to address the levels of chronic disease that lead to the gap in health status and life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,' said Professor Fredericks. 'This research work will assist in informing regionally-relevant approaches to chronic disease prevention along with training of the workforce in the care and management of Indigenous people with chronic diseases.'