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Date posted: 10 May 2012
A forum to discuss Aboriginal chronic disease took place in Muswellbrook, New South Wales on 3 May 2012, involving over 70 health professionals.
The doctors, nurses, and health staff came from across the Hunter-New England region to take part in the discussion. Points heard were that while significant steps are being made in preventing and treating health conditions within the Indigenous population, there are still improvements to be made. In the community of Muswellbrook, there is currently a nurse-lead chronic disease clinic held for Aboriginal people, and there will be an Indigenous diabetes services introduced shortly.
Hunter New England Local Health District's representative, Vicki Holliday, says a lot is being done to improve Aboriginal health services in the Upper Hunter, and it has already had a noticeable impact. Ms Holliday says closing the gap within a generation is within reach, if health professionals and the general community stay focused.
Source: ABC News