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Queensland Government

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Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention (CCDP)

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James Cook University

The Centre is committed to working with health services and rural and remote communities to improve the management of chronic disease, particularly diabetes, heart and renal disease. Our goals are to: find ways to minimise emergency department visits and hospital admissions, leading to improved individual and family quality of life and reduction of costs to the health care system; help change community and individual attitudes to health risks and encourage healthy eating and physical activity, while minimising risky behaviours such as drug and alcohol misuse; support change in health systems to improve patient outcomes and to have a more family centred focus; and produce high-level evidence of the value of health system changes.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Strategic management of diabetes in remote communities
  • Preventing emergency department visits and hospital admissions
  • Risk effects of disruption of the gut microbiome
  • Culturally based physical interventions
  • Indigenous Health
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Intervention Research
  • Health Services Research

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


The Cairns Institute D3:132, McGregor Rd, Smithfield, 4878

Lead researcher

  • Professor Robyn McDermott—Professor of Public Health Medicine, Senior Clinical Research Fellow (Queensland), and NHMRC Practitioner Fellow

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
6 September 2018