Chronic Diseases Prevention

Overview

Many chronic diseases are preventable, or react more favorably in terms of management and medical treatment, when healthy behaviours, such as controlling body weight, eating nutritious foods, avoiding tobacco use, and increasing physical activity are adopted.

The Chronic disease management and Preventive health program supports GPs, allied health professionals, practice nurses and practice staff to implement and optimise preventive health strategies by providing information, resources and assistance via practice visits, telephone/email and workshops. 

Lifestyle risk factors

Guidelines 

external linkRACGP Smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity (SNAP) 2nd Edition

external link Smoking cessation 

external link Nutrition 

external link Reduce health risks from drinking alcohol 

external link Physical activity and sedentary behaviour 

National and local prevention programs 

These programs can be accessed in addition to private services:

external link Get Healthy Information and Coaching service: A free, confidential telephone and coaching service that helps people make lifestyle changes. 

external link Go4Fun: A free healthy living program for kids aged 7 – 13 who are above a healthy weight.

external link GP Exercise Referral Scheme: The program runs in Sutherland Shire and St George regions which support to help people become more active with a customised exercise plan provided by Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

external link Heart Foundation walking groups: A network of free community-based walking groups.

external link Heartmoves: A gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn’t done any exercise in a while.

external link QuitCoach: An online tool that assists people in quitting smoking by providing personalised advice

external link Quitline: A free telephone information and counselling for people who want to quit smoking. A free Quit pack can be provided.

 

Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health Professionals can provide healthcare services relating to the identification and prevention of chronic health diseases. They can assist GPs and Practice Nurses to implement and optimise preventive health strategies for improved patient outcomes. 

To locate your local allied health professional visit:

external link Directory of Allied Health Professionals

external link Allied Health Professional Associations

CLICK HERE to find referral numbers for allied health services within Sydney Local Health District.

 
Useful links

external link Health Assessment

external link Australian Physical Activity Network

external link Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies

external link Nutrition Australia