Non-communicable diseases with high regional prevalence

Northern Australian communities have a higher prevalence of non-communicable diseases than metropolitan Australia.

An ageing population also contributes to the non-communicable disease burden. More than 20% of the Cairns and Hinterland region's population is aged over 60 years, a third more than the Australian average. TAAHC researchers are active in translational research to identify and test interventions to reduced the burden of these diseases and promote healthy ageing.