Non communicable diseases
The WHO CC, now has the opportunity to work with the newly configured Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care. The Centre focuses on research, scholarship and clinical care to improve the health and well-being of people with cardiovascular and chronic conditions. The Centre activities have an emphasis on outcome driven, patient–centred, interdisciplinary research including:
- Symptom Management
- Risk perception and behaviour change
- Models of care and health services research
- Vulnerable populations
- Health care transitions
- Health education and doctoral research
- Cultural diversity
Existing Centre staff including Professor Patricia Davidson, Centre Director and Professor of Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, Dr Michelle DiGiacomo, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Dr Phillip Newton, Research Fellow will be joined by a number of prominent nursing researchers from UTS in establishing new programs of research.
Dr Sally Inglis, National Health & Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation of Australia Sidney Sax Overseas Post-Doctoral Public Health Research Fellow will also join the Centre in January 2011.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, are the leading cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality globally. The prevention and control of NCDs requires intervention at the individual, community provider and system level. Through engaging stakeholders at national, regional and global levels it is possible to address issues such as smoking, obesity and inactivity which can reduce the burden of many NCDs. The Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care is an interdisciplinary centre committed to working to addressing the global burden of NCDs.