The AH&MRC Chronic Disease Program is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and has been operating since 2009.
Background to Program
The aim of the Chronic Disease Program is to build capacity of NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services [ACCHSs] in the prevention and management of chronic disease.
Program objectives are:
- Increase the capacity of NSW ACCHSs to develop and sustain comprehensive approaches to the prevention and management of chronic disease
- Increase access to timely, quality and relevant information about prevention and management of Aboriginal chronic disease within NSW ACCHSs
- Facilitate health professional networking opportunities for NSW ACCHS staff working in prevention and management of chronic disease
- Increase the uptake of Medicare Benefit Schedule [MBS] items and incentives under the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package amongst ACCHSs
- Increase knowledge and understanding about the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package within ACCHSs
- Develop productive collaborative partnerships with government and non-government organisations involved or potentially involved in Aboriginal chronic disease.
What does the Chronic Disease Program offer?
Participation in the sponsored site exchange program
- Provides an opportunity for information sharing between ACCHS around processes of health checks and other clinical support
- Support ACCHS in prevention and management of chronic diseases
- Please download the flyer for more information
Attendance at an annual series of regional chronic disease workshops
- Workshops are designed around expressed needs by ACCHS and their staff
- All upcoming Chronic Disease workshop events are listed in the Events calendar page
Attendance at a bi- annual chronic disease conference
- Raises awareness of good practice for chronic disease prevention and management in Aboriginal communities
- Sharing of good news stories from ACCHSs and networking
- Living Longer Stronger: AH&MRC Chronic Disease Conference 2012 was held 19th 20th July, 2012 in Sydney
- Click here to download Conference Presentations
- Click here to download Conference Summary Report (with photos)
- Click here to download the Conference Report
Engage in communication of available grants, resources, and training through the Chronic Disease Email Network [CDEN] weekly newsletter
- Receive weekly updates on relevant information that impacts or can support chronic disease activities in ACCHS in NSW
- CDEN is a main communication method of activities undertaken in AH&MRCs Chronic Disease Program
Input to development, and receiving of resources
- Resources are developed with ACCHS staff to support prevention and management of chronic disease in Aboriginal communities
- Please see below for resources produced as part of the Program
Engagement with Experts in Chronic Disease
- 'Yarning About' provides the opportunity to seek, share and receive information in a personal, tailored, interactive way
- 'Experts' in various fields of chronic disease prevention and management speak with ACCHS staff during a one hour teleconference bi-monthly
Receive support through site visits
- AH&MRC Chronic Disease Team members have visited services on request from ACCHS to assist in prevention and management of chronic disease.
Attendance to Cancer Awareness and Networking Activities
- A Cancer Project started in 2012 and offers a range of activities from advocacy workshops, cancer awareness workshops and in the future will provide culturally appropriate cancer training. A specific Cancer webpage will be coming soon.
- Communication of activities relating to the ACCHS sector through the Chronic Disease Email Network [CDEN] weekly newsletter
- Attendance at a bi- annual chronic disease conference for NSW ACCHSs
- Attendance at an annual series of regional chronic disease workshops for ACCHS staff (dependent on places available)
- Dependent on funding at times these may be available for non ACCHS staff
Recently developed resources
Please note, that not all these listed resources are available in hardcopy.
- 10/10 Deadly Health Stories
Feel Good: Eat Healthy Tucker and Move More Every Day: This healthy lifestyle DVD was developed by the AH&MRC and Australia Diabetes Council (formerly Diabetes Australia NSW). Participating in the DVD are celebrity chef Mark Olive and participants of the Community Kitchen program at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation (healthy eating); and Australian indoor soccer player Lachlan Wright and participants from the Spring into Shape program at Galambila Aboriginal Health Service (exercising to improve health and wellbeing).
Aboriginal Cancer Journeys: Our stories of kinship, hope and survival and cancer fact sheets: This booklet was produced by the AH&MRC and Cancer Council NSW, and includes the stories of Aboriginal people affected by cancer. A series of fact sheets about cancer were also developed.
Radio Health Messages: Gadigal Information Service (Aboriginal Corporation) in partnership with the Chronic Disease Team developed audio messages to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles and health checks. Click here to download the MP3 files.