Friday, 8 July 2011
Sharing stories and health information with friends and families gives strength to Indigenous Australians living with chronic illness, a new study has found. Conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy based at The Australian National University and the University of Sydney, People I Can Call On examined the experiences and views of Indigenous people living with heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Director of the Menzies Centre, Bob Wells, said the study's report provides important insight into the real-life issues and day-to-day realities of Indigenous people living with chronic illness and should inform future health policy. The study describes the great strength of family and community networks that support Indigenous people with chronic illness. He said that these findings are an important addition to the body of knowledge that should inform policies aimed at improving the health of Indigenous Australians.