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Audit and best practice for chronic disease (ABCD)



The Audit and best practice for chronic disease (ABCD) project designed to improve the quality of services for the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people across Australia.

This project analysed data from use of the quality improvement tools in health centres from 2005 to 2009; data from community survey tools; report templates; and purposively structured dialogue and in-depth interviews with implementers and other key informants. It aimed to synthesise lessons that have been learned from these diverse data sources about the factors that are important for effective implementation of the ABCD approach and to identify areas for further research.

Abstract adapted from the Lowitja Institute


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Related publications

Bailie RS, Si D, Dowden M, Lonergan K (2007)

Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease : project final report.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research

Schierhout G, Brands J, Bailie R (2010)

Audit and best practice for chronic disease extension project, 2005–2009: final report.

Melbourne: Lowitja Institute

Si D, Bailie RS, Dowden M, O’Donoghue L, Connors C, Robinson GW, Cunningham J, Condon JR, Weeramanthri TS (2007)

Delivery of preventive health services to Indigenous adults: response to a systems-oriented primary care quality improvement intervention.

Medical Journal of Australia; 187(8): 453-457

Bailie R, Si D, Dowden M, O'Donoghue L, Connors C, Robinson G, Cunningham J, Weeramanthri T (2007)

Improving organisational systems for diabetes care in Australian Indigenous communities.

BMC Health Services Research; 7: 67

Retrieved from

Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease (2008)

Policy brief: chronic illness care for Indigenous Australians: implications for policy from the ABCD project.

Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research


Last updated: 23 September 2015
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