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The theme of the 13th Annual Chronic Diseases Network Conference was 'Prevention is the Best Medicine', which reflects the growing recognition that chronic diseases and their underlying factors are preventable.
Chronic diseases not only result in death and disease, they are also a large economic burden on the community and the health system. 70% of the difference in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians can be attributed to chronic diseases.
Interventions are needed well before complications appear. It is neither cost effective nor acceptable to wait until people and populations get sick.
Pre-conference workshops were held Wednesday 9 September 2009
The conference provided valuable networking opportunities among chronic disease practitioners from the NT and also interstate. Jane Burns ran a HealthInfoNet cafe and showed delegates where to find information about chronic diseases on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website and described the benefits of joining yarning places. Many delegates had used the website before and commented on the improvements of the relaunched website. It is anticipated that the HealthInfoNet will be able to assist the Chronic Diseases Network further by promotion of its work.HealthInfoNet cafes
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