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The Chronic Care for Aboriginal People program in NSW

Raylene Gordon, Natalie Richards

NSW Public Health Bulletin 23(4) 77-80 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB12065 Published: 13 June 2012

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About the author/s

Raylene Gordon | Primary Health, Community Partnerships and Chronic Disease Management Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

Natalie Richards | Primary Health, Community Partnerships and Chronic Disease Management Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

Corresponding author

Raylene Gordon | rgord@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

Aboriginal people living in NSW continue to experience greater health risks, poorer health and shorter life expectancies than non-Aboriginal Australians. The NSW Health-funded program, Chronic Care for Aboriginal People, was established from existing initiatives to rethink the way chronic care services were delivered to Aboriginal people in NSW. Refocusing and building on existing projects led to NSW Health providing an evidence base of what was working in Aboriginal communities. A model of care for Aboriginal people with chronic disease has been developed. Recommendations from two evaluations have allowed further improvement for the delivery of chronic care services for Aboriginal people. The Local Health District Service Agreements include relevant indicators and strategic priorities relating to the chronic care program.