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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)

Tracking progress against the Implementation Plan goals for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023: first monitoring report.

Retrieved 21 July 2017 from

Health Policy Analysis (2017)

Evaluation of the rheumatic fever strategy: final report.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health

This report, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2016, presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the Rheumatic Fever Strategy (RFS). The RFS is a National Partnership Agreement between the Australian Government and the governments of Queensland (Qld), Western Australia (WA), South Australia (SA) and the Northern Territory (NT). The RFS aims to improve the detection, monitoring and management of Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) through the maintenance of patient registers and recall systems, the improved delivery of secondary prophylaxis antibiotics, the provision of education and training, and the collection of data for national monitoring.

This report considers the key achievements and challenges faced by the RFS and makes a number of key recommendations. Findings from the evaluation helped inform the Australian Government's decisions on the continued funding and expansion of the RFS, announced through the 2017-18 Budget.

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Stoner L, Matheson AG, Perry LG, Williams MA, McManus A, Holdaway M, Dimer L, Joe JR, Maiorana A (2017)

Principles and strategies for improving the prevention of cardio-metabolic diseases in Indigenous populations: an international Delphi study.

Preventive Medicine; In press(


Doran CM, Ling R, Searles A, Hill P (2016)

Does evidence influence policy? Resource allocation and the Indigenous Burden of Disease study.

Australian Health Review; 40(6): 705-715

Heart Foundation of Australia (2016)

Innovative proposals to tackle our most costly disease group: heart disease and stroke: submission on the 2016-17 Federal Budget from the Heart Foundation and the National Stroke Foundation.

Canberra: Heart Foundation of Australia

Keech W, McBride K, Stewart H, Kelly J, Brown A (2016)

South Australia's evidence-based response to better cardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Heart, Lung and Circulation; 25(Supplement 2): S315


Edwards L (2013)

NT chronic conditions prevention and management strategy annual report 2011.

The Chronicle; 25(1): 29-30


Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2012)

Healthy lifestyle programs for physical activity and nutrition.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report assesses the evidence regarding the effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition intervention programs in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in Indigenous communities. The report also describes the burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease) affecting Indigenous Australians and assesses strategies that have the potential to be affective.

The authors conclude from the evidence that healthy lifestyle programs can help to combat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In particular, the programs that were found to be most effective were community-based projects that were initiated and managed by the communities in which they were run. Individual, family and group-based Indigenous healthy lifestyle projects were found to have positive effects in the short term (up to two years). It is not known whether these effects are sustained in the long term as few programs have both the resources and impetus to continue long term.

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Higgins R, Murphy B, Worcester M, Daffey A (2012)

Supporting chronic disease self-management: translating policies and principles into clinical practice.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(1): 80-87


Croft C (2009)

Chronic conditions prevention and management strategy 2010-2020.

The Chronicle; 15(4): 31

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (2009)

Revision of the preventable chronic disease strategy: a comparison of chronic disease frameworks and models of care.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

Last updated: 16 October 2017
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