Chronic Disease Management

You may have been referred to us by your GP under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP). This plan gives you a medicare rebate on up to 5 services per calendar year.

A CDMP is for someone with a chronic medical condition which is defined as one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.  The CDM items are designed for patients who require a structured approach and to enable GPs to plan and coordinate the care of patients with complex conditions requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.

Exercise and Chronic Disease

Regular exercise has been proven to be a valuable intervention in managing many chronic diseases.

Evidence has shown that regular exercise has been shown to*:

  • Reduce cardiovascular risk (that is, decrease your risk and/or slow the progression of heart disease)
  • Increase insulin sensitivity and glucose control in those with diabetes (therefore, reducing or eliminating the need for diabetic medication)
  • Increase life expectancy, and manage common treatment side-effects in cancer patients
  • Improve management of many arthritis conditions, through improving joint mobility and flexibility, decreasing pain and/or muscle tension/stress
  • Improve quality of life in those with chronic pain
  • Improve aerobic capacity (that is, the lung’s ability to take in and utilise oxygen in the body) in those with asthma, COPD, as well as many other chronic conditions
  • Reduce blood pressure in those with Hypertension
  • Improve lipid profile in those with dyslipidaemia

*The benefits of exercise are not just limited to those listed, and often the benefits correlate with each other!