Non-communicable diseases with high regional prevalence

Development of interventions to reduce the burden of non-communicable disease with regional prevalence and promote healthy ageing.

Northern Queensland has extremely high and rising prevalence rates of chronic diseases with challenging, yet modifiable risk factors. Our rates of smoking, alcohol use, and overweight and obesity are rising, resulting in extremely high rates of type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension.These risk factors cascade into high rates of cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, diabetic foot ulcers and premature mortality. The poor health and preventable hospitalisations of our RRR residents are greater than in urban population.Researchers across TAAHC are co-designing, implementing and evaluating new interventions and health care delivery pathways to reduce the burden of non-communicable disease across northern Queensland.