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Many patients at Brooke Street Medical Centre live with a chronic disease – there is a lot we can do, together, to help you live with the best health outcomes possible.What are some features of a chronic disease?
What are some types of chronic disease?
It’s important for chronic conditions to be managed with the support and ongoing care of your GP. While some conditions may not have a very positive outlook, many can be managed to achieve improved health outcomes.
How can I manage my chronic condition?
The best place to start is to build an ongoing partnership with your GP. 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 you have sound, factual information to help you understand your particular health issues.
A Medicare General Practice Management Plan (GPMP) is also used to help people manage their chronic disease. This is a care plan which identifies all your health and welfare needs and the services needed to address them.
Importantly, things you can do for yourself are also identified in the plan. This is known as “self-management” – a key factor in managing chronic conditions and improving health outcomes.
Our Allied Health Team (nurses and other health professionals) often assist you and your GP to develop your GPMP. We provide a longer appointment with the Allied Health Professional – this dedicates time to identify your personal health needs and create the best care plan for you. In the last part of this appointment, your GP will join you to complete the plan and sign it off. This plan will guide you and your GP in the management of your condition over time. Any services or referrals you need will also be arranged at this time.
We also offer an extra service for those with more complex conditions. Patients who require the ongoing input of at least two services providers (in addition to the GP) may be eligible for the Medicare Team Care Arrangement (TCA). This is a multidisciplinary care plan. When a number of people are involved in your care, it is often useful to have a plan that identifies everyone and what their roles are. This helps coordinate your ongoing care.
Those with a TCA, as well as a GPMP, will be eligible to be bulk billed for these Allied Health Services. Your GP will discuss whether or not you are eligible for a TCA – if so, your GP may also make Allied Health referrals if these are appropriate to your health care.
Please discuss these services with your Doctor or other health care professional at Brooke Street Medicare Centre. We aim to sensitively work with you in order to help you achieve the best health outcomes possible.
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