NACCHO #NDW16 Aboriginal Health : New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

Chronic Disease Portal

  ” The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2014 report noted that chronic disease accounts for two-thirds of the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

The majority ( 70%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in 2008-12 were due to chronic diseases (e.g. circulatory disease, cancer, diabetes, respiratory disease, and kidney disease).

Our new portal will save busy health practitioners considerable time by providing them with up to date information and resources about chronic disease “

HealthInfoNet Director Professor Neil Drew,

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


is part of an ongoing commitment by the HealthInfoNet to keep the sector informed about health conditions affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The portal provides information about chronic conditions that are a problem for all Australians but particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including: heart disease, diabetes, respiratory (lung) diseases, cancers and kidney disease.  It also covers physical activity and nutrition as these factors influence many chronic conditions.

Information has been chosen for the portal because it is written in plain language and has practical application in daily work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with chronic disease or disease risk.

The portal provides access to health promotion resources, health practitioner tools and information about programs that promote healthy lifestyles and chronic disease management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It also highlights workforce opportunities for chronic disease workers, including job vacancies, events, training and funding.

There are five yarning places dedicated to specific chronic condition health topics which allow those working in each area to share ideas and information and are free to join.


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