Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Cape York experience higher rates of chronic conditions and related risk factors when compared to the rest of Queensland. Chronic conditions can be prevented. However, the underlying risk factors are interrelated and are complex to address. Apunipima provides a comprehensive model of care with a focus on empowering communities and families in Cape York to address these underlying risk factors. The Chronic Conditions Strategy 2016-2026 details the organisational approach Apunipima will take to work with Cape York communities in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic conditions. This strategy reflects current practice, based on research and in line with national and other state approaches.
- Culturally appropriate approaches to early detection and follow-up of disease markers result in better health outcomes for families and communities.
- Clinical care must be culturally safe, high quality, responsive and accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Cape York.
- Frequent ongoing personalised support is needed to encourage self-management of lifestyle, risk factors and to prevent chronic conditions.
- Group education and healthy lifestyle programs embed knowledge and skill-development, encourage self-efficacy.
- Apunipima must build and faciliate relationships with communtiy, state and national organisations to foster innovative solutions, storng networks, informed and enhanced advocacy and best practice research.