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Chronic Diseases Network

Welcome to the Chronic Diseases Network

The Chronic Diseases Network (CDN) is a consolidated group of people and organisations with an interest in reducing the rates of chronic conditions and their complications in the Northern Territory (NT). CDN was set up in 1997 in response to the rising impact of chronic conditions in the NT and its existence is a crucial enabling factor for the ongoing implementation of the NT Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management 2010-2020 (NT CCPMS). The CDN encompasses a wide range of sectors and organisations in the NT and interstate and has in excess of 800 members across Australia.

The CDN has a range of Roles and Functions

The CDN Coordinator and Member Services Officer are part of the Chronic Conditions Strategy Unit (CCSU), NT Department of Health.

The Role of the CDN Coordinator

The Coordinator's Primary role is to lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the strategic directions for CDN which has a key role in chronic conditions initiatives across the NT.

The Role of the Member Services Officer

The Member Services Officer coordinates the production, development and distribution of CDN's products and publications to members.


CDN's aims are to support and facilitate the communication, coordination, collaboration and collective memory of its members. It achieves this by: 


Exchange of information and current affairs on NT and interstate projects, innovations and related activities in the field of Chronic Conditions


Engaging members, stakeholders and those with a vested interest in chronic conditions to play key roles in the implementation and development of the NT CCPMS


Working in partnership towards the prevention and reduction in the rates of chronic conditions and its complications in the NT

Collective Memory:

Sharing of relevant information to the wider audience








Annual CDN Conference

The CDN Conference provides opportunities for stakeholders to come together to communicate, collaborate, network and promote their services and activities. Over the years, it has become a key event on NT health professional's calendars with participation from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presenters and delegates on the rise. It traditionally includes a major focus on challenges and innovations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

For previous conference programs, please see the conference tab on the right hand side of this page.
For information on conferences prior to 2007, contact 08 8985 8173 / [click here to send email]

The Chronicle

A publication with contributions from members. It provides information on NT and interstate projects, innovations and related activities in the field of chronic conditions.

The e-CDNews

This is a monthly email sent to all members informing them of current issues, upcoming events, new research and reports of interest published by various stakeholders. The e-CDNews welcomes contributions with relevant flyers, PDF attachments and/or links which can be forwarded to members: email for submissions is: chronicdiseasesnetwork@nt.gov.au