The overall goal of CRCAH chronic condition self-management programme for Aboriginal people is to develop sustainable and effective chronic condition management (CCM) strategies for Aboriginal communities. This project builds on our previous and current work on CCM, in particular through the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Dr Malcolm Battersby, Dr Inge Kowanko, Dr Peter Harvey
The CCRE is a collaboration of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers from the Aboriginal Health Council of SA and Flinders University, in partnership with Aboriginal Health Services in the Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia, focusing on research and capacity development to reduce the burden of chronic conditions among Aboriginal people.
Our CCRE and other research showed that several CCM strategies that are already known to work well in non-Aboriginal settings can be modified and implemented successfully in Aboriginal communities. The CCRE partnership is now keen to build on this foundation, and demonstrate the effectiveness, sustainability and transferability of promising CCM strategies (in particular Care Plans supported by MBS funding, the Flinders ProgramTM of care planning based on clients’ own life goals and the LIFE program of peer support for self-management).
This project was developed at the request of and in consultation with our CCRE partners (i.e. the CCRE Board and colleagues from Port Lincoln, Ceduna-Koonibba and Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Services).