Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major cause of illness and premature adult mortality (diseas burden) in many Pacific Island Countries (PICs). This research relates to trends over time in NCD risk factors in PICs from available data and trends in NCD premature mortality and effects on life expectancy. Implications for future NCD morbidity/mortality from various NCD control interventions or lack of action will be estimated using predictive statistical modelling of time trends in NCD risk factors and mortality. This will enable countries and donors to better allocate funds for NCD control and provide estimates of the consequences of intervetntion or action.

Project team

Dr Christine Linhart
Medicine & Health
Dr Stephen Louis Morrell
Medicine & Health
Dr Augustine Danso Asante
Medicine & Health

Project collaborators: External

Dianna Magliano
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Isimeli Tukana
Ministry of Health Fiji
Jonathan Shaw
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Paul Zimmet
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Sione Hufanga
Ministry of Health Tonga

Key contact

(612) 9385 2595
r.taylor@unsw.edu.au