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29March 2013 R EG U LA R A R TIC LES NT Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Strategy Annual Report 2011 Laura Edwards, Public Health Registrar Chronic Conditions Strategy Unit, Department of Health The second annual progress report for the Northern Territory (NT) Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Strategy 20102020 (CCPMS) has been completed. It highlights major activities that were undertaken by the Department of Health (DoH) and its partners. The Annual Report 2011 is a result of a consultative process across the NT and was overseen by the Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group whose members include representatives from the DoH (Chronic Conditions Strategy Unit, Health Gains and Planning, Remote Health, Community Health, Acute and Primary Care Information Systems), non-government organisations (e.g. Asthma Foundation NT), Menzies School of Health Research and Aboriginal community controlled health services (represented by AMSANT). The CCPMS is a 10-year strategy, with the Implementation Plan based on a three year period to allow health service providers in the NT to build and strengthen their strategic and evidence-based approaches including health system design. The following are highlights for each of the eight key action areas: Key action area 1 Awareness on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) The NT Early Childhood Plan has been developed in partnership with a range of government and non-government organisations including the Department of Education and Training, Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families. It was developed in 2011 in consultation with communities across the NT and offers increased opportunities for effective brain development for disadvantaged children. It is likely to have a signifi cant impact on improving SDOH in future years. Key action area 2 Increase primary prevention Tobacco control: three reforms to the Tobacco Control Act 2002 commenced in 2011 resulting in a ban on smoking in all public outdoor eating and drinking areas (with exempt areas for licensed venues), prohibition on the display of tobacco products at the point of sale and introduction of an annual licence fee. A further amendment to the Tobacco Control Act, through a partnership between DoH and the Department of Justice (DoJ), resulted in mandatory reporting of monthly sales data by tobacco retailers from 1st January 2011. This data will be used in future years to provide accurate monitoring of tobacco consumption throughout the NT. Key action area 3 Early detection and secondary prevention Educational opportunities for health professionals to increase knowledge, understanding and action on early detection and risk factors are now widely available. The Chronic Conditions Strategy Unit conducts regular courses targeting all health professionals, including Aboriginal Health Practitioners and remote health workers. The quarterly 3-day preventable chronic disease courses, which cover health promotion, early detection, brief intervention, motivational interviewing and self-management, are all well-attended and receive positive evaluation. Key action area 4 Self-management The NT Chronic Conditions SelfManagement Framework 2012-2020 has been fi nalised and a detailed Implementation Plan has been developed. The Framework will assist health services to promote and provide selfmanagement support by empowering individuals with chronic conditions to actively participate in their own health care. Organisations involved in implementation of the Framework include DoH, NGOs and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS). The Framework will be used to guide and inform all levels of health organisation staff including health professionals, managers and policy makers Continued on Page 30