Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia and is often more prevalent in rural and remote geographies compared to metropolitan cities [1, 2].
WNSW PHN together with ConNetica Consulting are conducting a pilot study that will apply an internationally standardised and validated classification tool to map chronic care provision in Dubbo and Coonamble. Support for the project is also being provided by the University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre.
The Description and Evaluation of Services and Directories - Long Term Care (DESDE-LTC) has been used in several national and international locations to map mental health, alcohol and other drug, and homelessness. This will be the first time such detailed mapping of Chronic Care, using an international coding methodology, has been undertaken in Australia.
The project aims to significantly increase understanding of the current state of population health needs compared with the service response for people with chronic care needs in the City of Dubbo and the town of Coonamble.
Services that provide care for people with chronic diseases can be considered for inclusion in this Atlas by completing an online survey and/or phone interview with ConNetica. A better understanding of what is being delivered are on the ground will allow for robust service planning and for service comparisons to made with other areas around Australia and overseas.
The survey tool can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DM2PMCP
The survey closes 30 May 2017.
If you have any questions about the Integrated Atlas of Chronic Care for Dubbo and Coonamble, or would like to request an interview about your Chronic Care Services, please contact Janet Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0410 536 990.
1. AIHW 2014. Australia's health 2014. Cat. no. AUS 178. Canberra: AIHW.
2. Kinsman, L., Tham, R., Symons, J., Jones, M., Campbell, S., & Allenby, A. (2017). Prevention of cardiovascular disease in rural Australian primary care: an exploratory study of the perspectives of clinicians and high-risk men. Australian journal of primary health, 22(6), 510-516.