In Australia there has been a significant rise in the burden of disease attributed to chronic conditions. In this unit we will explore the risk factors for the onset of chronic conditions from conception through to adulthood. We will cover the chronic conditions most affecting the population including; diabetes; hypertension; ischaemic heart disease; renal disease and cancer. The conditions which constitute the `metabolic syndrome', or those which are a direct complication of the syndrome, will be given specific attention. The emphasis will be on the epidemiology and control of these conditions in Northern Australia, particularly as they affect Indigenous people.
PRESCRIBED TEXT - CHRONIC DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY, PREVENTION, AND CONTROL 4TH EDITION