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March 201330 about evidence-based self-management approaches. Key action area 5 Care for people with chronic conditions The number of care plans prepared by GPs for clients with diabetes continues to increase. In 2011, 66% of government-run Aboriginal primary health care clinic patients with type 2 diabetes or coronary heart disease were on a GP Management Plan and 51% of patients were also on a Team Care Arrangement involving allied health professionals. Specialist Outreach Services NT (SONT) provided 1101 specialist outreach visits through the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP) in 2011 with the most frequent visits for ophthalmology, paediatrics and general physician services. Twelve new Indigenous Care Coordinator positions across the NT have been created under the Closing the Gap funding to improve the provision of care for people with chronic conditions. Key action area 6 Workforce planning and development The NT Medical School commenced in 2011 with 24 students enrolled in the fi rst year including 10 Aboriginal students. A number of people took up new roles related to Chronic Conditions in 2011. Federal funding as part of the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package (ICDP) resulted in an increase in the number of tobacco control positions within the ACCHS from 1 to 9; and 12 new care coordinators were employed. Other new ICDP-funded roles created in 2011 include 3 regional tobacco coordinators, 3 tobacco action workers and 6 healthy lifestyle workers. Key action area 7 Information, communication and disease management systems All Aboriginal primary health care clinics in the NT including government and ACCHS now use electronic patient information and recall systems. My Electronic Health Record (MyeHR) is a shared electronic health record which can be used by multiple different providers across different health care settings in the NT. It is now available in all public hospitals, ACCHS, remote health centres and some private general practices in the NT. The Chronic Diseases Network (CDN) had 900 members by the end of 2011. The main activities of CDN include the annual CDN conference, quarterly newsletters, fortnightly e-CDN news and the sharing of information through the CDN website. In 2012, the Combined Network Meetings were held annually in each major regional centre; at these meetings, departmental and nondepartmental staff were invited to attend to share their knowledge and experience in providing care to clients. Key speakers were usually invited to show case their programs or initiatives in prevention and management of chronic conditions. Key action area 8 Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is now embedded into Aboriginal primary health care services. The NT CQI program had 2 coordinators and approximately 16 dedicated CQI facilitators across the NT in 2011. The facilitators work with local health professionals within DoH and ACCHS to improve CQI and to audit practices according to NT Aboriginal Health Key Performance Indicators and one21seventy processes. Once all approvals have been completed, the report can be viewed on the DoH website. Please direct all enquires to the Chronic Conditions Strategy Unit on 898508071. R EG U LA R U PD AT ES Continued on Page 29