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Risk Factor Survey Projects

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death and disability throughout Australia. Rates are known to be higher in rural areas. Risk factors for CVD, such as overweight and obesity, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, smoking, physical inactivity and psychosocial factors, also overlap with type 2 diabetes. Before programs aimed at reducing CVD and diabetes risk factors can be implemented and evaluated, it is necessary to establish a monitoring and surveillance system in order to obtain baseline measures and track changes over time.
In collaboration with the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, Finland, the GGT UDRH has established a program of cross-sectional population surveys among the adults in the Greater Green Triangle region. The results from these surveys will form the basis for future health monitoring approaches in the region and will be used in disease prevention planning and raising the awareness of health and health risks in the population. 

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