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The Oxford Health Alliance: old problems, new approaches

Stephen R Leeder and Ruth Colagiuri
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (4): 148-149.
Published online: 20 February 2006

One way to tackle social forces that lead to disease is to recruit the putative culprits

The world is in the grip of an epidemic of non-communicable disease. We have known this in affluent nations for decades, but have not understood just how large a problem it has become in developing economies.1 Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes, cancer and obstructive pulmonary disease are increasingly undermining prospects for a stable economic future, especially in lower- and middle-income countries2,3 and the poorer segments of society in the developed world.

  • Stephen R Leeder1
  • Ruth Colagiuri2

  • Australian Health Policy Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

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