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The Town camp chronic disease project aims to assess the nature and extent of the use of health care services by Indigenous residents of the town camps surrounding Alice Springs, Northern Territory, where there is currently an estimated population of between 1,950 and 3,500 people.
Local service providers will assess the use of healthcare services through a household survey that will focus on chronic disease screening, diagnosis and management. Chronic disease screening will also be offered in conjunction with the survey, and through this local clinicians hope to gain a greater understanding of the social, environmental and economic context of the town camps.
It is hoped that the information gained from this project will be able to better inform key stakeholders in developing solutions to improve healthcare access for these populations.
This project is an initiative of Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in close collaboration with the Tangentyere Council.
Abstract adapted from Baker IDI
Associate Professor Graeme Maguire
Baker IDI Central Australia
PO Box 1294
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 0111
Fax: (08) 8952 1557