Follow-up study of Indigenous adults in north Queensland: Chronic diseases and sexual health [ 2004 - 2007 ]

Also known as: Northern Queensland Indigenous longitudinal study

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Robyn Mcdermott (Principal investigator) ,  Dallas Young Dr Janet Knox Dr Latisha Petterson Prof Peter D'Abbs

Brief description This study aims to follow up a cohort of Indigenous adults in rural and remote north Queensland communities who participated in the Well Persons Health Check (funded by OATSIH) during 1998-2000. Out of the 2,862 Indigenous participants, 2,503 (87.5%) agreed to have another Check in a few years time. A follow-up study is proposed for the consenting WPHC participants (any any other adults who wish to participate). This study will have 5 main objectives: 1. Estimate the incidence rate of chronic disease conditions (diabetes, renal disease, CVD) and the main determinants of these in the north Queensland cohort (It is expected that Torres Strait Islanders will have different patterns to Aborigines), 2. Estimate the change over a 5 year period in risk factors and complications (including hospitalisations) of those with existing chronic conditions 3. At a community level, evaluate the effectiveness of local interventions aimed at health improvement (e.g. one community has drastically changed rules about alcohol availability, other communities have significantly improved the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, still others have commenced family savings programs which improve the availability of money over the week and enable savings to buy fridges etc). 4. Estimate whether the early detection of chlamydia and gonorrhoea (using routine urine PCR testing) has lowered the community prevalence of bacterial STIs, and 5. Evaluate the effectiveness of local health promotion programs (e.g. tobacco control initiatives, healthy weight programs). The study will be undertaken in collaboration with Apunipima Cape York Health Council, the Torres Strait Health Council and relevant local community organisations. It will involve skills development for local Indigenous researchers and practitioners. Results will be given back to communities and individuals, with opportunities for further planning.

Funding Amount $AUD 1,493,700.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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