The Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE) is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded research program dedicated to improving service delivery and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with a particular focus on chronic disease. The Centre is a collaborative enterprise between the following organisations:
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
- Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI);
- University of Adelaide – School of Public Health and Joanna Briggs Institute (University of Adelaide)
Wide disparities remain between the health status indicators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. Chronic diseases are responsible for up to 80% of the life expectancy gap. It is well known that lifestyle risk factors, including physical activity and diet, as well as social determinants of health, such as socio-economic status, housing conditions and educational achievement, are key contributors to chronic disease and associated poor health outcomes experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to prevent and manage chronic disease is key to reducing health inequities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.