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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Innovative Models Promoting Access & Coverage Team (IMPACT)

Innovative Models Promoting Access & Coverage Team (IMPACT)

The IMPACT study is a five-year international research program that aims to develop and evaluate models of care that enhance access to primary health care for vulnerable populations in six sites across Australia and Canada. 

Mental Health Literacy Training and Education for the primary health workforce

The focus of the initiative is on improving general organisational health literacy/health literacy responsiveness and mental health literacy for clinicians and organisations/systems in primary care and specialist health settings.

Pathways to Preventive Care for People with Severe Mental Illness

The project will focus on the experiences and perspectives of PWSMI and what has helped or enabled them to establish and maintain a positive relationship with a GP. This information will assist with further research and codesign of an intervention to improve access to preventive health care for PWSMI.

Preventing chronic disease in patients with low health literacy using e-health in general practice.

Preventing chronic disease in patients with low health literacy using e-health in general practice.

This is a cluster randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of an intervention which uses accessible and interactive information technology to support general practice nurses to better communicate with patients with low health literacy, to help them use information, set priorities, navigate referral and maintain behaviour change.

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Barriers and facilitators to use of the asthma 3+ visit plan

The Asthma 3+ Visit Plan is an initiative of the National Asthma Council to promote organized care of asthma in general practice. This study explores barriers and facilitators to Asthma 3+ Visit Plan in general practice.

Better Management of Weight in General Practice (BMWGP)

Socioeconomically disadvantaged adults are both more likely to be obese and have lower levels of health literacy. This trial evaluated the implementation and effectiveness of primary care nurses acting as prevention navigators to support obese patients with low health literacy to lose weight.

Centre Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellince in Primary Health Care

Centre Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellince in Primary Health Care

COMPaRE-PHC has conducted a program of that aims to inform primary health care policy and practice in the prevention and management of obesity in disadvantaged populations across Australia.

Community Health Risk Factor Management Research Project

This study aims to increase the capacity of community health services to address chronic disease risk factors of smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity as part of their normal clinical work.

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