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Work it Out! - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program



Work it Out! is a chronic disease self-management program that aims to close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

The program adopts a holistic view of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and utilises an inter-professional health partnership approach to aid in chronic disease self-management in south-eastern Queensland. It aims to increase each participant's:

The 12 week program includes two to four sessions each week, which usually involve an hour of exercise and a 45 minute education session. Each participant's exercise program is individually tailored by an exercise physiologist and delivered within a supportive group session. Topics covered in the education sessions include:

The program has a research component which monitors both qualitative and quantitative health indicators including blood pressure, blood glucose and social and emotional wellbeing. Since its inception in 2011, the program has shown statistically significant improvements for these indicators.

An initiative of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, the program was evaluated in 2014 by researchers at the Queensland University of Technology with funding from the National Heart Foundation.

Abstract adapted from the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health


Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
23 Edgar Street
Bowen Hills Qld 4006
Ph: (07) 3648 9500
Fax: (07) 3252 9851

Evaluated publications

Mills KM (2015)

'Work it out': evaluation of a chronic condition self-management program for urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with or at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane


Last updated: 28 August 2017
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