Indigenous health report outlines care needs

GPs have been urged to consider the impact of diabetes and heart disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a new report attributing 80% of the mortality gap to chronic disease. 

The People I Can Call On report, launched recently by Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon, is designed to give health care providers tools for culturally appropriate care.

The government-funded rep­ort was conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and was based on interviews with Indigenous people with chronic illnesses and their carers. 

Menzies Centre researchers interviewed

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