Support for managing chronic conditions
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