Prevention and Management of Long Term Conditions
Description and Aims
This stream is a response to the challenge of long term conditions to health and health care services. These conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease, cancer and mental illness. They commonly occur as multi-morbidities. The aim is conduct research in the community which informs improvement in health care and programs which aim to prevent and manage these conditions.
Key Current Research Areas
The program focuses on improving interventions to address the behavioural risk factors (especially Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical activity) as well as physiological risk factors such as obesity and cardiovascular risk in primary health care. This uses the 5As framework (ask/assess, advise, agree and assist, arrange), approaches tailored to health literacy levels and use of wearable technology and social media.
This program focuses on a patient centred approach based on the Chronic Care model and includes teamwork, information and communication systems (including e-health), self-management support and community resources. This is the focus of work on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, COPD, cancer, mental illness and multi-morbidity.
This research is conducted in partnership with primary health networks and local health districts along with other groups including Aboriginal Health organisations.
Mark Harris leads the stream.
NSW Health is funding an efficacy trial of SNAP risk factor management in community nursing services. The findings will inform policy and practice for chronic disease prevention in primary health care.
This report depicts the contribution of primary care to the management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
This study aims to determine within general practice and associated services the feasibility, requirements, barriers and benefits/harms for an intervention to detect impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glycaemia and to provide physical activity and nutrition interventions which aim to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in this group.
This project is aimed to simplify the method for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the primary care setting.
This study determines the characteristics which differentiate frequently readmitted chronic disease patients from those self-managing