The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that over 7 million Australians are living with at least one chronic condition, and many of these are living with more than one (http://www.aihw.gov.au/chronic-diseases). This places a heavy human and financial burden on the shoulders of the individuals with these conditions, their families and carers, and the health care system. Research that can relieve these burdens and improve health outcomes is vital but only useful if it is translated appropriately.
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