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Boardman C (2014)
National rheumatic fever strategy – the role of RHDAustralia.
Edwards L (2013)
NT chronic conditions prevention and management strategy annual report 2011.
The Chronicle; 25(1): 29-30
Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2012)
Healthy lifestyle programs for physical activity and nutrition.
Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
This report assesses the evidence regarding the effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition intervention programs in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in Indigenous communities. The report also describes the burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease) affecting Indigenous Australians and assesses strategies that have the potential to be affective.
The authors conclude from the evidence that healthy lifestyle programs can help to combat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In particular, the programs that were found to be most effective were community-based projects that were initiated and managed by the communities in which they were run. Individual, family and group-based Indigenous healthy lifestyle projects were found to have positive effects in the short term (up to two years). It is not known whether these effects are sustained in the long term as few programs have both the resources and impetus to continue long term.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
Higgins R, Murphy B, Worcester M, Daffey A (2012)
Supporting chronic disease self-management: translating policies and principles into clinical practice.
Australian Journal of Primary Health; 18(1): 80-87
Croft C (2009)
Chronic conditions prevention and management strategy 2010-2020.
The Chronicle; 15(4): 31
Northern Territory Department of Health and Families (2009)
Revision of the preventable chronic disease strategy: a comparison of chronic disease frameworks and models of care.
Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families
Brown A (2007)
Ensuring the quality use of medicines among Indigenous Australians: key directions for policy, research and practice for cardiovascular health.
Melbourne: National Heart Foundation of Australia
Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2007)
Finding solutions that work: how can public health physicians contribute to effective strategies to improve the health of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders? Outcomes and recommendations [17 August 2007 workshop].
Canberra: Royal Australasian College of Physicians
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