New strategy to boost chronic condition management options
A new strategy to increase services and boost services to Canberrans with chronic conditions has been released today by Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher.
The ACT Chronic Conditions Strategy – Improving Care and Support 2013-2018 contains several priority areas to improve care and services for people with chronic conditions, including better use of existing services, improved access to services and improved early detection of illnesses.
"Chronic conditions present unique challenges to our health system, and while we enjoy a largely healthy community, the prevalence of chronic conditions is increasing with 80% of demand to disease and injury health care now due to chronic illness," the Chief Minister said.
"Cancers, cardiovascular diseases and neurological conditions are some of the most prevalent conditions, which affect 19%, 15% and 11% of the ACT population respectively."
The Chronic Conditions Strategy outlines a range of ways to improve access and enhance services including:
- Improved use of online directories to provide information on conditions and services available to treat them;
- Expanded use of tele-health in the home to increase ease of access to home monitoring, coaching, video consultation appointments and home medication management;
- Patient centred chronic condition management plans to better incorporate the medical, psychological and social aspects for the person with a chronic condition; and,
- A streamlining of cross government directorate processes to reduce barriers to service as well as employment opportunities, financial support and housing.
The Chief Minister said the strategy built on a strong record of services to manage chronic conditions.
"We're already delivering a range of services for the self management of chronic conditions, including home telemonitoring and care coordination to help people better manage their condition at home,
however, this new strategy will improve the care and support we're already providing to those in the community living with these debilitating chronic conditions," the Chief Minister said.
The Strategy acknowledges the roles of primary health care, complementary therapists, support and advocacy groups, family, friends and carers in the ongoing management of chronic conditions.
Download the strategy from the Health Directorate website: www.health.act.gov.au
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