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Living Improvements for Everyone (LIFE)



Living Improvements for Everyone (LIFE) is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease self-management program.

It is delivered by two facilitators to a group of community members once a week for six weeks. Attendees are provided with the tools and techniques to better self-manage their condition.

The workshop covers topic such as:

The program was developed under licence from Stanford University in California. It was culturally adapted by the University of South Australia (SA), Spencer Gulf Rural Health School and Pika Wiya Health Service with the assistance of Port Augusta Elders, as part of the Sharing Health Care SA Project in 2001. It  also incorporates aspects of the 'Flinders Model' of chronic condition self-management support, developed at Flinders University, SA.

LIFE is currently offered by a number of providers in Australia, including by the East Metropolitan Health Service in Perth, Western Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Peter Humphries
Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer
Aboriginal Health Team
Eastern Metropolitan Health Service
Ph: (08) 9224 8741

Peter Harvey
College of Medicine and Public Health
Flinders University

Related publications

Warren K, Coulthard F, Harvey P (2005)

Elements of successful chronic condition self-management program for Indigenous Australians.

Paper presented at the 8th National Rural Health Conference. 10-13 March 2005, Alice Springs


Last updated: 23 August 2017
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