Sup­port for managing chronic con­di­tions

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

Wood­bridge Fam­ily Prac­tice takes a proac­tive ap­proach to managing chronic con­di­tions which in­cludes in­di­vid­u­alised sup­port.

Chronic dis­ease man­age­ment is designed to help pre­vent or re­duce the rate of pro­gres­sion of chronic con­di­tions and to re­duce in­stances of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.

Some of the most com­mon chronic con­di­tions in­clude asthma, COPD, arthri­tis, di­a­betes and heart dis­ease.

The prac­tice of­fers sup­port, ed­u­ca­tion and can re­fer to al­lied health ser­vices for peo­ple with chronic con­di­tions.

CDM nurse Ta­nia said of­ten pa­tients were not aware that a man­age­ment plan could al­low them ac­cess to ser­vices which could help con­trol their con­di­tions such as phys­io­ther­apy, po­di­a­try and di­eti­cians.

“We look at try­ing to be proac­tive and pre­vent the pro­gres­sion of the con­di­tions,” she said.

“We have had some re­ally good suc­cess with pa­tients who have had chronic con­di­tions for years and now they have bet­ter con­trol and it has re­ally changed their lives.”

Ta­nia said through CDM peo­ple were seen reg­u­larly to dis­cuss their life­style, and look at ways to bet­ter man­age their health.

Prac­tice co-or­di­na­tor Kate said the prac­tice wel­comed new pa­tients of all ages with or with­out chronic dis­eases.

The prac­tice bulk bills all chil­dren un­der 16, stu­dents, peo­ple over 65 years of age and all con­ces­sion card hold­ers. Chronic dis­ease man­age­ment ap­point­ments are also bulk-billed.

Wood­bridge Fam­ily Prac­tice

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