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
·         Prevention

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. 

·         Management

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. 

Key Partners

This research is conducted in partnership with primary health networks and local health districts along with other groups including  Aboriginal Health organisations.

Stream lead

Mark Harris leads the stream.  

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Implementing guidelines to prevent chronic disease in the community

The focus of this study is to develop innovative and evidence based strategies for implementation with both health care providers and consumers.

Integrating chronic disease self management into general practice: a scoping paper

This paper scopes the literature and programs relating to the self management in general practice.

Lifestyle risk management in the 45 year old health check in general practice

This research project will examine the implementation of the NSW GP SNAP Trial  approach as part of the 45 year old health check to be implemented through general practice in November 2006, and the impact on patient lifestyle.

Mental health and prevention of cardiovascular disease in general practice- impacts and interactions

This study aims to explore the relationship between psychological distress and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease in general practice in both rural and urban settings in NSW.

Multidisciplinary care of chronic illness: views of patients of low socioeconomic status and their GPs

This study identifies what patients of low SES with chronic illness and their GPs think about chronic illness, their health care and the concept of care planning.

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