Establishing the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium

Establishing the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium
Project Status: Completed
Project administered by: SAHMRI

The South Australian Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium was established to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians by working to prevent and detect early heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes as well as support those who are living with these chronic diseases.

The Consortium is a collaborative partnership of government and non-government organisations which shapes Aboriginal health policy and service systems in SA to address chronic disease prevention, care and management. It comprises key stakeholders across the health system including lead clinical experts, Aboriginal health peak body and leaders, Aboriginal community experts, policy makers, university partners and private foundations who have a shared vision to reduce the impact of chronic disease experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in South Australia.

These approaches are based on available and emerging evidence and aligned with priorities identified by Aboriginal community and health experts. It is well documented that the stark disparities in these chronic diseases form the daily reality for many Aboriginal people in SA. We know that with concerted effort across the health sector, working in partnership with the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and other services with a responsibility for Aboriginal health, we have the potential to improve prevention activities and enhance access to health care services for Aboriginal people.

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The Consortium was the Aboriginal Health priority of Health Translation SA, to drive, coordinate and sustain the implementation of South Australia’s three chronic disease plans:

  • The South Australian Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan 2017-2021
  • The South Australian Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy 2017-2021
  • The South Australian Aboriginal Cancer Control Plan 2016-2021

The development of these three plans, finalised in June 2016, was funded by SA Health and included an extensive review of the evidence including available health system data, consultation and engagement with service providers and community members, consideration of current services and recommendations to improve service provision.

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Visit the Aboriginal Health Consortium website

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This project is funded by SA Health