Also available from the same site is The GP Resource Kit, a tool for doctors, health professionals and staff working in Indigenous health services and general practices to understand how to access and make the most of the new initiatives in the Indigenous Chronic Disease Package.
Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said a new report on the Australian Government*s multi-million dollar commitment to tackling chronic disease in Indigenous communities shows positive progress is being made. The Indigenous Chronic Disease Package Annual Progress Report 2009-10 is the first government report detailing the achievements and progress of the historic commitment to help close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Australian Government's Indigenous Chronic Disease Package committed $805.5 million over 4 years to target chronic disease such as diabetes and cancer, which are responsible for a large amount of the disease burden affecting Indigenous people. This package is part of the $1.6 billion National Partnership Agreement which was agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments in November 2008.