Health Care And Rehabilitation Needs

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Diabetes is at epidemic proportions in Australia. From 1989 to 2011-12 the percentage of people living with diabetes has increased from 1.5% to 4.2% (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare , 2013 ). Diabetes can cause many complications and can create complex health care and rehabilitation needs. Clients, especially those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, with type 2 diabetes mellitus often have complex health care and rehabilitation needs. A holistic approach needs to be taken in regards to helping these clients to work with multidisciplinary health professional teams to collaboratively create an effective treatment or management plan that best benefits their health care needs and is culturally safe and appropriate. Type 2 diabetes is 3.2 times more prevalent in in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014). The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework monitors progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, health system performance and the broader determinants of health but what makes it effective is that it takes into account that maintainable health gain requires contribution from other areas of life such as education and housing rather than just an equitable health care system (Australian Health Ministers ' Advisory Council, 2012). The complex health care and rehabilitation needs of a client living with type 2 diabetes and the relevance of the Aboriginal and
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