Moving towards a more integrated approach to chronic disease prevention in Australian general practice

Harris, Mark F., Laws, Rachel A. and Amoroso, Cheryl 2008, Moving towards a more integrated approach to chronic disease prevention in Australian general practice, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 112-119, doi: 10.1071/PY08043.

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Title Moving towards a more integrated approach to chronic disease prevention in Australian general practice
Author(s) Harris, Mark F.
Laws, Rachel A.ORCID iD for Laws, Rachel A.
Amoroso, Cheryl
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 112
End page 119
Total pages 8
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1836-7399
Summary There is increasing evidence that prevention of chronic disease is possible and that primary care can contribute to this. This paper aims to explore the development of policies and programs to improve chronic disease prevention via behavioural risk factor management in Australian general practice and the impact of these between 2001 and the present. This involved a review of policy initiatives and developments in Australian general practice, drawing on published research over this period. Behavioural risk factor management has not been comprehensively implemented in the way in which it was originally envisaged under the SNAP (Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical Activity) framework, with initiatives and programs emerging over time in a much less planned way, including Lifescripts and more recently the 45 - 49 year health check. There has been a gradual development in capacity, especially in relation to workforce, education and training, educational materials, financial and decision support with divisions of general practice emerging to play a key facilitation role. Despite this, important gaps remain especially in relation to the use of team approaches within and outside the practice including access to referral services and programs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/PY08043
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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