Chronic Disease Management
Many of our patients live with chronic diseases. By working together, there is a lot we can do to help you live with the best health outcomes possible. Chronic disease is any health condition that has been, or is likely to be, present for more than six months. These may include:
Often these conditions have more than just a health impact because they can also have a significant effect on a person’s social and emotional wellbeing. Living with a chronic condition can be extremely stressful and can involve some significant life changes, so it is important for anyone with a chronic illness to receive well-managed care and health education.
Chronic disease is a major cause of hospitalisation if not addressed with adequate prevention and management strategies. People who are affected are more likely to become frequent users of primary and acute health services.
How To Manage Your Chronic Condition:
The best place to start is to build an ongoing partnership with your doctor. In managing your condition together, over time, you will improve your chances of better health outcomes. Another important part of our work is to ensure that you have sound, factual information to help you understand your particular health issues.
A Medicare GP Management Plan (GPMP) is used to help people manage their chronic disease. This is a care plan which identifies all your health and welfare needs and the services required to address them. This is an organised approach to your care. This plan will guide you and your doctor in the management of your condition over time. Any services or referrals you need will be discussed.
Chronic illness often involves the care of other health professionals, such as a dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist or physiotherapist. When this is the case Medicare can provide you with a number of subsidised allied health visits (generally 5 visits in total across a calendar year) when your doctor initiates a team referral plan. This is called a Team Care Arrangement (TCA). Your doctor will be able to advise you on this.
If you are booking online for this service, please select “Care Plan” when you are selecting the appoint type.
Please note that this service is bulk-billed