Preventative / Team Care
In General Practice, Doctors manage the health care of people with chronic medical conditions and complex care needs that require ongoing care, support and monitoring, often from a multidisciplinary team approach. Objectives are for prevention, early detection, appropriate treatment and promotion of self-management to maximise the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by chronic disease.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been, or is expected to be present for over six months such as asthma, cardiovascular illness, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, cancer and mental health conditions for example. People with these conditions often require a structured approach for ongoing care and will benefit from a GP Management Plan, where together with your Doctor you can identify your health and care needs, set out the services and treatment to be provided by your GP, list the actions you can take to help manage your condition and agree on management goals for your overall health and wellbeing.
Many people with a chronic medical condition may also be eligible for Team Care Arrangements where your Doctor can arrange and co-ordinate multidisciplinary care with other Allied Health services such as a Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian, Diabetes Educator or a Psychologist for instance to meet the goals of the plan.