Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia. With changing lifestyles and ageing population, chronic diseases have become increasingly common and now cause most of the burden of ill health.
Based on available data, the table below indicates some of the key priority areas in the south eastern Melbourne catchment. This includes prevalent chronic diseases in the region, identified local government areas with higher-than-average chronic disease rates, and vulnerable population groups.
At risk areas
See more information about chronic disease for general practice and health professionals.
Managing a chronic disease can often mean people have needs outside of the general practice, and sometimes after the hours a practice is open.
SEMPHN commissions activities to support people with chronic diseases to access the right care, in the right place at the right time.
Read more about SEMPHN's commissioned After Hours services.
Chronic disease management services
It is estimated that about half a million people in South Eastern Melbourne live with one or more chronic health conditions. The incidence of chronic disease is unevenly spread across our catchment.
We work with service providers to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients and improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
For more information on chronic disease management, click here.
Read more about SEMPHN's commissioned Care Coordination services.
Health Care Homes
Read more about SEMPHN’s commissioned Health Care Homes program.
Chronic disease prevention programs
Prevention activities play an important factor in keeping communities across south eastern Melbourne healthy. SEMPHN commissions prevention services and programs relating to cancer screening and Latent Tuberculosis.
Read more about SEMPHN's commissioned Cancer Screening services.
Latent Tuberculosis (LTBI) community project
Why is this project needed?
While Tuberculosis (TB) is an uncommon disease in Victoria, it continues to have significant impact on affected individuals and families. In Victoria, an estimated 300,000 people have latent TB, and efforts to diagnose it and prevent active disease are critically important.
This project in the local government areas of Greater Dandenong, Stonnington and Casey, conducts a community-based practice model of care for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI), to allow increased numbers of people at risk to be screened and managed to prevent TB.
Who have we commissioned?
SEMPHN has commissioned Melbourne Health to expand the existing model of care developed between the Victorian Tuberculosis Program (VTB) and Monash Health.
Project resources for practices involved in the project have been developed and include:
- Web-based tutorials that can be used as both an induction and refresher tool
- Patient booklets printed on LTBI to record treatment, contact details, adverse treatment signs and symptoms and tablet calendar
- Posters for GP Practice printed with “Think TB” as the message which aligns with World Health Organisation's message for 2019
- Translated LTBI information available for practices as required
- Treatment and LTBI Management Flow charts
- Instructions for tertiary referral if required
- Literature on LTBI and TB
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