Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases pose special problems for the health care system. People with chronic diseases use health services and medicines over extended periods of time. They often develop complex and multiple conditions.

A ‘chronic medical condition’ is one that has been or is likely to be present for at least six months, including but not limited to asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal conditions and mental illness.

Chronic diseases generally

  •  have multiple and complex causes
  •  have gradual onset, although they can have sudden onset and acute stages
  •  occur across the life cycle, although they become more prevalent with older age
  •  can compromise the quality of life through physical limitations and disability
  •  are long term and persistent, leading to a gradual deterioration of health

Chronic diseases are the most common and leading cause of premature mortality.

MBS criteria

Whether a patient is eligible for chronic disease management services is a clinical judgment for the GP, taking into account the patient’s medical condition and care needs, as well as the general guidance set out in the MBS.

Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and can be managed by their GP under a GP Management Plan (Item 721) and Team Care Arrangements (Item 723) are eligible for Medicare rebates for certain allied health services on referral from their GP.

There are 8 areas which have been identified as a National health priority

  •  arthritis and musculosketal conditions
  •  asthma
  •  cancer control
  •  cardiovascular health
  •  diabetes
  •  injury prevention and control
  •  mental health
  •  obesity

Diabetes information here

Self Management information here

Wound Care information here

Please contact Lauren Davidson for more information or call 8731 6518