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Managing chronic conditions: evidence on value of self-management programs mixed

15 February 2018

A study from Flinders University has looked at the chronic condition self-management program, which has returned inconclusive results.

New health program believes it can reverse chronic disease

22 January 2018

Toowomba, Queensland will play host to a program that is believed to reverse chronic disease in some participants.

Indigenous calls for dialysis on country

14 November 2017

Remote Aboriginal Australians with kidney disease have demanded equitable access to life-saving treatment closer to home to prevent the removal of people from their traditional homelands.

New investments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health

10 November 2017

Funding has been announced for nine Northern Territory (NT) medical research projects worth over $12 million, which aim to save children's lives, and help close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

2018 Supporting People with Cancer Grant Initiative – call for applications now open

2 November 2017

A call for applications for the 2018 supporting people with cancer grant initiative is now open.

New online training to address concerns of Indigenous Health Workers about bowel screening

1 November 2017

An interactive training module has been developed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers talk about bowel screening with their patients.

A collaborative approach

31 October 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima), Queensland Health and the Royal Flying Doctor Service have been working together to promote good health and wellbeing for women during October Breast Awareness Month in Pormpuraaw, Queensland.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers set to benefit from cancer program

25 October 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers based in Bundaberg are set to benefit from a new program aimed at combating cancer survival disparities among Indigenous communities.

New tool for calculating CVD risk in Australian Indigenous populations

30 August 2017

A new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology provides an evidence-based tool for calculating cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in Australian Indigenous populations.

Aboriginal health organisation praised for reducing risk of chronic disease in Far-West New South Wales

22 August 2017

An Aboriginal health organisation in Far-West New South Wales (NSW) is helping reduce the risks of chronic health conditions in the Indigenous community.

Free webinar: how we can protect children from cancer-causing virus

17 August 2017

The free webinar hosted by Dr Lloyd Einsiedel highlights a cancer-causing virus which has so far affected 50% of adults in remote communities.

Focus on the food system not the individual, experts urge

11 August 2017

Meeting in Perth, Western Australia last week to discuss collective progress in four years of nutrition research at the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, chief investigators and researchers said Australian research had previously tended to focus on individuals and their health conditions rather than the wider food and nutrition systems, and on local projects rather than national level policies and processes.

Indigenous training for Queensland health workers to tackle smoking and disease

9 August 2017

Queensland healthcare workers will undergo training to help them better address the rate of smoking and disease among their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Roebourne's crafty kitchen has the right recipe

1 August 2017

A home-grown program to help Roebourne residents in Western Australia explore their creative side has been boosted by a funding commitment from a local Aboriginal organisation.

Call for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applications to attend the 2017 annual Chronic Disease Network Conference

27 July 2017

The Northern Territory (NT) Chronic Disease Network are calling for applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NT workers to attend the 13th Annual Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) Conference and 21st Chronic Disease Network (CDN) NT Conference.

An initiative to stop Australians with diabetes going needlessly blind

17 July 2017

Last week was National Diabetes Week, Vision 2020 Australia called on the Australian Government to invest in the prevention of diabetes-related eye disease ndash; the leading cause of avoidable vision loss among working-aged Australians.

Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce - consultation renal medicine

12 July 2017

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce is considering how more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients.

Diabetes Victoria launches new campaign

10 July 2017

Diabetes Victoria have launched a new website Invisible Condition during where the Victorian public can go to find out more about diabetes.

NAIDOC Week: Bush tucker calendar promotes healthy eating in Indigenous community

10 July 2017

Bush tucker is being used to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables.

AFL Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan launched

10 July 2017

In line with the NAIDOC week festivities last week, the Darling Downs Region in Queensland received a shot in the arm thanks to a ground-breaking announcement.

NAIDOC Week: Blind Elder's crusade to reduce diabetes in Indigenous communities

10 July 2017

Bundjalung-Biripi, Elder, Mary Hooker is on a mission to reduce the rate of diabetes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities after she was declared legally blind.

World class focus on boosting remote health

5 July 2017

Mother, Nellie Impu, from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory (NT), is part of a grim health statistic profoundly out of place in a first-world nation: one in five pregnant Aboriginal women in the NT has diabetes.

Personal story helps prevent blindness

4 July 2017

Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Mary Hooker will share her vision loss story and encourage other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take care of their health at the Guide Dogs New South Wales (NSW) / Australia Capital Territory (ACT) information stand at this year's NAIDOC Fun Day in Grafton, NSW.

Diabetes Awareness in Pormpuraaw, Queensland

4 July 2017

During the month of June staff members from Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns, Queensland (Qld) held education and awareness activities in Pormpuraaw, Qld.

Carbal leads the way for Indigenous health

4 July 2017

As NAIDOC Week 2017 swings into celebration, Carbal Medical Centre in Warwick (Queensland) is at the front-line, keeping the Indigenous community fighting fit.

Closing the Gap: Queensland's positive Indigenous model eyed for national rollout

3 July 2017

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) clinics are creating joy for their patients.

Aboriginal health retreat using bush foods and medicines a 'promising' model for improvement

29 June 2017

Wild yams and fish, traditional bush medicines, Aboriginal herbal remedies and even sand massages are all part of a holistic health program designed to turn back an epidemic of chronic disease in north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

More help with medications through community pharmacies

26 June 2017

The Federal Government is supporting the expansion of community pharmacy programs to help more patients around Australia better understand and manage their medications and avoid ill-health.

Palm Island nurse hopes to rein in kidney disease

13 June 2017

Renal nurse Lauwana Blackley has returned to Palm Island in a bid to turn the tide of chronic kidney disease suffered by many locals.

Nominate a Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) for the CDE of the Year Award Program!

2 June 2017

The Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) of the Year Award Program is designed to recognise and honour outstanding achievement and contribution of CDEs in the provision of high-quality diabetes education and expert support for people living with diabetes.

New Dubbo-based campaign to reduce Indigenous smoking

2 June 2017

A new Dubbo-based campaign has been launched to address smoking rates in this New South Wales (NSW) community, prompted by national data showing almost 41% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 15 smoke daily.

Study looking for Aboriginal diabetes answers

1 June 2017

Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are invited to participate this month in a study surrounding diabetes within the Aboriginal community.

Register now for the upcoming NATSIHWA forums

29 May 2017

Join the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSIHWA) for a one day Continuing Professional Development networking workshop focussed on current workforce development opportunities.

Beyond the clinic collaboration in Coen

23 May 2017

In the remote Cape York community of Coen in Queensland, aged care staff drive around the community every morning, picking up people from their homes to come and have breakfast at the St John Community Care Centre.

Shirley Kusu turns a life with diabetes into a career of care

22 May 2017

Shirley Kusu has turned her personal experience of living with diabetes in the remote Torres Strait into a career helping her community.

Orange Aboriginal Medical Service charging ahead to expand its offerings

17 May 2017

The Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) in New South Wales is charging ahead to expand its offerings, all it needs now is a little more funding.

Free Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources from the Continence Foundation of Australia

11 May 2017

The Continence Foundation of Australia tells us that one in four people have bladder or bowel control problems.

Commonwealth Government to support establishment of Australia's first proton therapy unit

8 May 2017

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is delighted that the Federal Government has committed $68 million to support the establishment of the proton beam therapy facility within SAHMRI 2, as part of the 2017 Federal Budget.

$60,000 grant for diabetes care, management and education - closing on Monday 24 April

12 April 2017

Expressions of interest are sought by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), in conjunction with the Diabetes Research Foundation's Research Grants Program 2017-18.

Put your foot down on diabetes

10 April 2017

The simple act of walking down stairs could help prevent diabetes, according to new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia.

More cases of potentially fatal melioidosis from NT dirt emerge

10 April 2017

More people are being infected by a potentially fatal bacterium in the Northern Territory, and health experts suspect building works could have something to do with the rise in cases.

Refuge opens up opportunities for women

5 April 2017

The Kalumburu, Western Australia, Strong Women rsquo;s Centre is not just a women rsquo;s refuge, it has become a hub for education, advocacy and increasingly in employment.

How Katherine Hospital, once Australia's worst for Indigenous health, became one of the best

4 April 2017

Katherine Hospital in the Northern Territory (NT) has gone from one of the worst facilities in the country when it comes to Indigenous health care to one of the best.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women targeted in new BreastScreen campaign

30 March 2017

A new BreastScreen campaign, launched in New South Wales this week at Mount Druitt and Blacktown train stations, aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to get their breasts checked.

Abstract submission is now open for the Innovations in Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Forum

29 March 2017

The Chronic Care for Aboriginal People team at the New South Wales (NSW) Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) are calling for abstracts for the upcoming ACI Innovations in Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Forum.

Traditional food trends in remote Northern Territory communities

29 March 2017

The majority of Aboriginal people living in remote Northern Territory communities are regularly using traditional foods in their diets according to research from Menzies School of Health Research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health today.

The last of the new PANDORA babies

29 March 2017

The birth of baby Bill at Royal Darwin Hospital in mid-February marked the end of the recruitment of mums with and without diabetes in pregnancy for the Pregnancy and Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) study.

Diabetes Victoria calling for expressions of interest for a Consumer Advisory Committee

29 March 2017

Diabetes Victoria (Vic) is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people living in Vic with diabetes, or caring for someone who is living with diabetes, interested in joining their newly established Consumer Advisory Committee.

Staying free of disease

27 March 2017

Immunisation is associated with childhood but it is just as important for adults as more vaccinations become available.

Free webinar for chronic disease workers

23 March 2017

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet invites you to attend a free webinar on Wednesday 29 March 2017 about the HealthInfoNet rsquo;s new Chronic Disease Workforce Portal.

Short films to deliver health messages in remote Indigenous communities where soft drink is cheaper than water

20 March 2017

A Darwin-based record company is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT).

Healthy kids in the cape!

14 March 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's staff were busy last week coordinating the Healthy Kids programme across Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Lockhart River in Queensland.

ADEA Roche Travel Grants

13 March 2017

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) are offering five travel grants of $1,000 to five ADEA members to attend the Australian Diabetes Society ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 in Perth, Western Australia.

New public consultation portal launched for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

9 March 2017

A new online public consultation portal, My Life, My Lead, has been launched to highlight the issues that support or impede Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have good health.

Sugar consumption is critical to reducing chronic health conditions, including diabetes says NACCHO

2 March 2017

Matthew Cooke, the Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has expressed his reservations about a sugar tax.

A vision for Palm: Mobile eye clinic saves sight in First Nations communities

22 February 2017

A mobile eye clinic, designed to stamp out avoidable blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, is changing lives on Palm Island, Queensland (Qld).

Mossman Gorge teams up for health

21 February 2017

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre team visited the Mossman Gorge Visitors Centre on Valentine rsquo;s Day as part of a Visitor Centre health check initiative.

Service providers for the Integrated Team Care Program in WA

23 January 2017

The Western Australian (WA) Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has appointed service providers for the Integrated Team Care (ITC) Program across its three Primary Health Networks.

Commitment to bring palliative care to NPA signed

17 January 2017

St Vincent rsquo;s Health Australia (SVHA) has committed $450,000 to bring culturally appropriate palliative care services to five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) of Cape York in Queensland.

Diabetes pathway survey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners

13 January 2017

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) is aiming to help improve the access to and quality of diabetes education for Indigenous Australians.

Social media on blood glucose testing strips

9 January 2017

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) are aware of incorrect information circulating regarding the Federal Government's changes to subsidised access to blood glucose testing strips.

Applicaitons are now open for RACS awards and scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and junior doctors

14 December 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Foundation for Surgery have announced a range of awards and scholarships for final year medical students and junior doctors who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Applications closing soon for Hot North Fellows

30 November 2016

Three Post-Doctoral Fellowships are being offered at Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration, also known as Hot North.

Immunisation for better Indigenous health

22 November 2016

Health services are being encouraged to use innovative methods to ensure that communities receive vital vaccinations.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage report released

17 November 2016

The seventh Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage (OID) report from the Australian Government Productivity Commission has been released today.

The Aboriginal Diabetes Study busy at Davenport Clinic in South Australia

16 November 2016

The Aboriginal Diabetes Study have had a busy two weeks at the Davenport Clinic in Port Augusta, South Australia (SA) with almost 60 people visiting the clinic.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship Opportunity (PhD)

9 November 2016

James Cook University's Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention (CCDP) is seeking expressions of interest for PhD student candidature, with a 3-year $45,000 per annum tax exempt Health and Medical Research Council scholarship.

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

8 November 2016

Australian women are being encouraged to make sure they are up to date with their cervical screening and Gardasil vaccinations.

HealthInfoNet free workshops (Nov/Dec): How the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health web resource can help support health practice

8 November 2016

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, with support from The Fred Hollows Foundation, is conducting a series of free workshops and we would like to invite interested people to attend.

Australian Government opens first Health Care Homes grant round

7 November 2016

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, has announced that medical practices in ten Primary Health Network regions around Australia can apply for stage one of Health Care Homes.

Dialysis treatments set to increase in NT by up to 70% over next ten years

3 November 2016

The demand for haemodialysis treatments in hospitals and clinics in the Northern Territory (NT) is projected to increase by up to 70% in the next ten years.

Have your say about factors that can help more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to take part in mammographic screening

27 October 2016

The University of Melbourne is currently undertaking a study on behalf of Cancer Australia to identify critical success factors for increasing mammographic screening participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across Australia.

New renal services for Kimberley communities

26 October 2016

Patients in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), will benefit from two new renal facilities planned for Derby and Fitzroy Crossing.

Madalah supporting future Indigenous workforce

25 October 2016

Yarlalu Nanmurr Thomas left his remote community in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA) to study at Scotch College in Perth, before going on to the University of Sydney, where he is studying for a double degree in medicine.

NHMRC supports global research to reduce chronic lung diseases

19 October 2016

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has announced almost $5 million in funding for the prevention and management of chronic lung diseases.

Breast cancer prevention drug subsidised by PBS

4 October 2016

A preventative medicine which could reduce the risk of developing breast cancer has been subsidised by the Federal government's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 1-31 October

1 October 2016

October is Australia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Kidney health study stuns experts

29 September 2016

Research from the Goldfields, Western Australia (WA), showing a potential correlation between kidney disease and water contamination has been acknowledged as among the most original medical academic studies in the world.

Take the pledge to eat more fruit and veg during National Nutrition Week

29 September 2016

Did you know that less than 4% if Australia eat enough vegetable each day? In fact the average person only eats half?  Sign up to the Try For 5 challenge today and get the motivation and inspiration to create new healthy eating habits.

New resources for diabetes and emotional health

29 September 2016

A new handbook will give health professionals the strategies and tools to better recognise and work with people with diabetes to reduce the significant psychological burden of diabetes.

Opportunity to test new cervical screening resource

26 September 2016

The Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with Cancer Council Australia is developing a toolkit for engaging under-screened and never screened women for use in the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (post 1 May 2017).

Significantly higher disease burden for Indigenous Australians - but improvements made

26 September 2016

A new report released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face a substantially higher disease burden than non-Indigenous Australians, improvements have been seen, with more possible.

Why are Aboriginal children still dying from rheumatic heart disease?

26 September 2016

Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the subject of a recent piece by Jonathon Carapetis in The Conversation.

Medina forum opens up organ donation discussion

19 September 2016

Almost 20 people gathered at the Medina Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Western Australia (WA) late last month to learn about the importance of organ donation.

Promoting health and wellbeing in remote communities

16 September 2016

Northern Territory's transmission and distribution company is helping educate locals about positive lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing a chronic disease.

No more stroke for our mob: rap spreads awareness this Stroke Week

15 September 2016

A new rap song promoting stroke awareness and prevention is set to hit the airwaves across the country for National Stroke Week (12-18 September).

State of the art heart equipment arrives for NT kids

15 September 2016

Northern Territory (NT) children requiring a heart scan will now benefit from one of the best ultrasound heart machines available in the world, according to NT Paediatric Cardiologist, Dr Bo Remenyi.

Health Networks, Diabetes Network and Diabetes WA share important messages on diabetes awareness

14 September 2016

Megan Burley A/Director, Health Networks was joined by Mark Shah, Co-lead Diabetes Network and Helen Mitchell, General Manager, Health Services from Diabetes Western Australia (WA) to share important messages on diabetes awareness on the Health Matters radio program.

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.

That sugar film working with Indigenous communities to lower sugar consumption

8 September 2016

Australia's most vulnerable communities are set to reduce sugar consumption thanks to an inspirational project led by the makers of Australia's highest grossing documentary, That sugar film.

Koori health screening day in running for health award

7 September 2016

A chronic disease screening day and family event held at Casino for the local Aboriginal community is in the running for a North Coast New South Wales (NSW) Primary Health Care Excellence Award. The 1 Deadly Step project was held in April at Casino Indoor Sports Stadium, in the NSW Northern Rivers area.

Inspiring local Aboriginal community leaders to talk more about rethinking sugary drink messages

5 September 2016

Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) has partnered with Heart Foundation through LiveLighter to raise awareness of the significant health problems associated with sugary drink consumption across Aboriginal WA communities.

Make Smoking History Last Dance Campaign

5 September 2016

On Sunday 18 September 2016 Make Smoking History will air the state-wide campaign ‘Last Dance’.

New systems for cancer screening

5 September 2016

New laws establishing a national cancer screening register have been announced by the Minister for Health, replacing eight separate state and territory cervical cancer registers and the current bowel cancer screening system.

Australia's Indigenous community hurting in the heart

31 August 2016

The Heart Foundation last week launched Australian Heart Maps, which is an online resource highlighting how indicators for heart disease are distributed throughout Australia.

Asthma Awareness Week 1-7 September

31 August 2016

National Asthma Week is taking place from 1 to 7 September 2016 and the message this year is Become a better breather, I did.

Chronic care finds new home in Medicare

26 August 2016

The Australian Government announced this week the ten regions across the country that will participate in stage one of the Health Care Homes model for delivering Medicare to Australians with chronic illness.

Diabetes Educators go for gold

25 August 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's Diabetes team are helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York, Queensland, living with type 2 diabetes to take charge of their condition and come up with solutions to balance their blood sugar.

Be Medicinewise Week: helping Australians take charge of their medicines

24 August 2016

Be Medicinewise Week started around Australia this week (22-28 August), which aims to remind Australians about the importance of using medicines safely and appropriately.

The role of doctors in closing the gap AIDA policy statement 2016

22 August 2016

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) has released a new policy statement for 2016.

Robyn overcoming barriers to a cancer-free life

21 August 2016

Through a series of events and activities, community leader and breast cancer survivor Robin Payne will highlight the importance of breast screening and discuss barriers to participation that exist for Aboriginal women.

Home is where the health is

19 August 2016

A panel of healthcare stakeholders - including medical professionals, academics and consumer representatives - has released a report outlining how a patient-centred health care home model (PCHCH) should develop in Australia.

Calling all Australian young adults living with type 1 diabetes, aged 18-35 years!

18 August 2016

Diabetes Australia is calling on all Australian young adults living with type 1 diabetes, aged 18-35 years to take part in their Diabetes YES! Youth Empowerment and Support Study.

Research helps treatment of heart attacks and angina in Aboriginal people

18 August 2016

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia (UWA) into the management of Aboriginal heart patients has found that while treatment is improving, more work is needed to ensure that rural patients are getting treatments that match those that are recommended.

Diabetes Care Blacktown tackling disease at the source

18 August 2016

Definition Health Club in Blacktown, New South Wales (NSW), is an organisation that is helping redefine diabetes treatment in the heart of an epidemic. Diabetes NSW ranked Blacktown the number one diabetes hot spot in the State.

True cost of an unhealthy shop

17 August 2016

Cancer Council Queensland (Qld) will today reveal the true cost of an unhealthy shop, as the organisation urges Queenslanders to adopt five simple habits for a healthier, happier life.

New PBS listing will improve quality of life for people with type 2 diabetes

17 August 2016

Diabetes Australia welcomed the Minister for Health, Sussan Ley’s, announcement of the Federal Government’s decision to list diabetes drug Bydureon on the Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) and said the move would improve quality of life for many people with type 2 diabetes.

Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.

Kidney transplant hopeful Harold Fields urges Australians to join organ donor register

4 August 2016

For the past 14 years, Harold Fields has spent three days per week enduring six-hour sessions of kidney dialysis.

Human trials to begin for a Streptococcus A vaccine

3 August 2016

Human trials will begin into a needle-free vaccine for Streptococcus A bacteria, which has been developed by Australian researchers.

Far North Queensland team prepares to ride for heart disease research

2 August 2016

A team of Cairns health workers is gearing up to take on this year's Cardiac Challenge and draw attention to high rates of heart disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Creating partnerships to improve health care in the remote community of Santa Teresa

28 July 2016

Chronic Disease Nurse, Lynda Murphy, has dedicated the last five years of her nursing career to improving primary health care in the Northern Territory (NT).

Breakthrough in kidney transplant research

27 July 2016

Australian researchers have made a breakthrough genetic discovery that could improve the long-term success of kidney transplants.  Despite reductions in acute rejection, long-term organ survival in kidney transplantation has not improved, meaning many patients will need more than one kidney transplant in their lives.  Scientists in Australia and the US have developed a genetic test that could detect patients at high risk of organ rejection.

Sports drinks are gammin': New campaign urges Aboriginal community to go for water instead

21 July 2016

A new digital campaign is using local Aboriginal sporting role models from the Victorian community to highlight the health effects of regularly downing sports drinks.

Minister inspects $5.3m Geraldton health projects

20 July 2016

Western Australian (WA) Health Minister, John Day, visited Geraldton last week to see construction of the new $4.1 million Mid West Cancer Centre and $1.2 million renal facilities.  Developed in partnership with the Federal Government, the new cancer centre will increase the number of local chemotherapy chairs from five to seven, and provide purpose-built facilities for consultations and outpatient services.  Mr Day said construction of new renal consultation and education facilities would allow the regional renal team to provide more support for patients and their families.  Construction of the cancer and renal centres is expected to be complete in October.

Using art to encourage Indigenous people to manage respiratory problems

14 July 2016

By pairing artwork with medical devices, one physiotherapist is hoping to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to better manage respiratory health conditions.  Kamilaroi woman, Kathryn Potter, designed a Bubble positive expiratory pressure (PEP) device to improve ventilation for people with chronic lower respiratory disease.

Amputations - 4,400 reasons to take diabetes seriously

12 July 2016

More than 4,400 diabetes-related amputations for all Australians are performed at Australian hospitals every year, most are preventable, and these contribute to the increasing cost of diabetes complications which threatens the long-term viability of Australia’s health system.

Government invests $27m to help Queenslanders tackle chronic disease

11 July 2016

Queenslanders vulnerable to deadly chronic conditions such as diabetes and stroke will be put through six-month intensive programs by the state government to reboot their health.

Launch of Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program

11 July 2016

The Heart Foundation has launched the Pilbara Aboriginal Heart Health Program in Roebourne, Western Australia (WA).

National Diabetes Week campaign launch

8 July 2016

Diabetes Victoria is launching a digital awareness campaign next week to coincide with this year's National Diabetes Week, Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 July 2016.

Mallee Aboriginal health service providers united

7 July 2016

Mallee Aboriginal health service providers united yesterday in an effort to increase the number of indigenous women being screened for breast cancer.

Traditional bush foods on the menu in Cairns

4 July 2016

A Far North Queensland Indigenous health group is putting ­traditional bush foods back on the menu as part of its crusade to improve the diets of Cairns locals.

Important changes to the NDSS

1 July 2016

The Federal Government has announced that it will implement changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) from 1 July 2016.

Cancer Queensland invites locals to join NAIDOC Week

1 July 2016

Cancer Council Queensland is inviting Rockhampton locals to join a conversation about cancer next Thursday, in support of NAIDOC Week (July 3-10).

D-NET - Diabetes Network for health professionals

30 June 2016

The International Diabetes Federation has developed the first international forum called the Diabetes Network for Health Professionals (D-NET). This is an online platform, offering health professional the opportunity to share, learn and discuss diabetes care and education with diabetes professionals worldwide.

New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

30 June 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce.

Share your diabetes stories and experiences

23 June 2016

During National Diabetes Week, 12-18 July 2016, Diabetes Australia are asking people to share their stories about diabetes.  Stories can be posted directly onto the Diabetes Australia Facebook page, or emailed to

New game helps explain type 1 diabetes

22 June 2016

A new gaming app, developed by Sanofi, helps children understand type 1 diabetes and how to manage diabetes at school.

Health and community leaders back campaign against chronic disease

16 June 2016

More than 25 health and community leaders have called on all political parties to agree before the election to act to reduce the burden of chronic disease.  The open letter signatories, including Aboriginal leader, June Oscar AO, have signed up to a call by Prevention 1st urging political parties to put preventive health policy first ahead of the July Federal Election.

Kidney health module developed for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

14 June 2016

In a national first, a kidney health education module has been developed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers who are on the front line of looking after people with renal conditions.

Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation recieves award for excellence

14 June 2016

During the recent Kidney Health Week the Aboriginal organisation, Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation received a certificate for their Award of Excellence for their service in addressing chronic kidney disease in their region.

High numbers for cardiac outreach in remote Queensland

1 June 2016

Eighty-four (84) people in the remote north-west Queensland communities of Doomadgee and Karumba have received specialist cardiac outreach services so far this financial year.

Latest review confirms high rates of diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

23 May 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has released a new review titled Review of diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Workforce in diabetes education survey

19 May 2016

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association is conducting the Workforce in diabetes education survey to collect the first comprehensive national compilation of information and statistics related to the employment status of diabetes educators in Australia.

National strategic framework for chronic conditions: online public consultation on the second draft

18 May 2016

Chronic conditions are long-term public health problems that have ongoing effects.

Cultural practices can help close Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health gap

The latest Issues Brief from the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research has outlined the damaging health effects of disrupting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, and examines how nutrition programs can best work to close the health gap.  'Nutrition is a key determinant of good health throughout life, and food provides important social and cultural functions,' Deeble Institute Director, Susan Killion said.  The brief, Food and nutrition programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: what works to keep people health and strong?, identifies the nutrition programs that are most effective at each stage of life, and how they should be implemented.  'Increasingly, Aboriginal organisations are calling for strength-based methods that utilise community assets to promote health and wellbeing,' Ms Killion said.

Aboriginal Health Workers look to increase Aboriginal immunisation rates

South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) Aboriginal Health Workers, Tammy Mcgrath and Talicia Jetta are the latest graduates of a two week training course on immunisation.

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Last updated: 19 February 2018
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