This project will analyse detailed epidemiological, service utilisation and costing information on a range of heart and associated chronic disease in Aboriginal Western Australians and engage regional Western Australian Aboriginal planning forums, policy makers, health service managers and funders. Stakeholder understanding of the evidence and their response will be investigated with the aim of facilitating changes that improve Aboriginal heart health.
Indigenous people have a life expectancy 10-14 years shorter than non-Indigenous Australians, with cardiovascular diseases explaining 23% of the differential in disease burden. Cardiovascular disease disparities are relected in substantially higher Aboriginal mortality and hospitalisation rates, as well as high prevalence of classical risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
There are limited reliable estimates of health costs relating to cardiovascular diseases in Aboriginal people, but reports from the AIHW indicate that Aboriginal people have appreciably greater use of health services for cardiovascular diseases, but despite this there have been no improvements in health differentials.
This project is funded by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia: