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Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research



Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research

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In an alarming trend, rates of lifestylerelated chronic diseases, such as diabetes, continue to soar throughout Australia, particularly in Indigenous communities. Relative to the overall Australian population, Indigenous Australians have 15 to 20 years shorter life expectancy. Diabetes and related conditions, such as heart and kidney disease, are major contributors to this reduced longevity. Disturbing statistics reveal Indigenous people experience up to four times greater prevalence of cardiovascular disease, more than 10 times the prevalence of diabetes in the 20 to 50 years age group, and develop end-stage renal disease at up to 30 times the rate of non-Indigenous people. In short, Indigenous people are dying at a younger age from diseases which are mainly preventable. The Chronic Diseases program focuses on investigating lifestyle-related chronic diseases, largely in Indigenous populations, to contribute evidence on which to build positive models of health. 14 | Population Health & Chronic Diseases Division | Menzies School of Health Research 2003 Annual Report Chronic Diseases THIS PAGE: MSHR Project Officer Maria Scarlett prepares serums for transportation from Galiwinku to MSHR for further testing. OPPOSITE PAGE: Richard Batumang has his blood pressure and pulse rate recorded by MSHR Project Officer Joe Fitz as part of the Galiwinku Healthy Lifestyle Project. (Photos courtesy Galiwinku Healthy Lifestyle Project, MSHR)

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