A ‘chronic’ disease is defined as one that has been or is likely to be present for 6 months or longer. Seventy percent of general practice visits are related to chronic disease. These include a range of commonly preventable health conditions.
Physical inactivity is the second largest contributor towards chronic disease and illness, the first contributor being smoking. The minimum recommended amount of moderate physical activity per week is 150 minutes. Sixty-five percent of patients undertake less than this minimum recommendation.
Examples of Chronic Diseases include:
- Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Low Back Pain
- Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Musculoskeletal Injury
- Chronic Fatigue
- Back, Neck, Shoulder, Knee Pain
- Occupational Injuries
- Respiratory Diseaseand more…
You can learn more about other chronic conditions here
If you can relate to any of the listed chronic diseases, you can approach your doctor with the forms provided below to discuss being put on a Chronic Disease Management Plan. On the plan your doctor will discuss with your allied health professionals that will collaborate with your GP, to best care for your chronic disease.
For example, if someone had depression, their plan may include the GP, a psychologist and an Exercise Physiologist. As another example, if a patient had diabetes, their plan may include the GP, a dietitian and an Exercise Physiologist.