3.05 Chronic disease management

This measure reports on the management of chronic disease for Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on the management of chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are the leading causes of illness, disability and death among Indigenous Australians and are estimated to be responsible for 70% of the health gap between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australians (AIHW 2016b). Effective management of chronic diseases is key in meeting the target of closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australians within a generation. Effective management of chronic diseases can delay the progression of the disease, improve quality of life, increase life expectancy and decrease the need for high cost interventions leading to net savings (Thomas et al. 2014; Zhao et al. 2014).

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Australian Health Survey
  • Healthy for Life Data Collection
  • Medicare Data
  • National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Data Collection

References

  • AIHW 2016b. Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 6. Cat. no. BOD 7. Canberra: AIHW.
  • Thomas SL, Zhao Y, Guthridge SL & Wakerman J 2014. The cost‑effectiveness of primary care for Indigenous Australians with diabetes living in remote Northern Territory communities. The Medical Journal of Australia 200:658–62.
  • Zhao Y, Thomas SL, Guthridge SL & Wakerman J 2014. Better health outcomes at lower costs: the benefits of primary care utilisation for chronic disease management in remote Indigenous communities in Australia's Northern Territory. BMC Health Services Research 14:463.