Chronic Disease in Australia
Chronic disease, as defined by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), are ‘long lasting conditions with persistent effects.’ These types of diseases are becoming increasingly common in our country, with more than 11 million people suffering from at least 1 of 8 chronic diseases in 2014-15.
The eight groups of chronic disease recognised by AIHW include:
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis
- Respiratory diseases including asthma
- Back pain
- Cancers such as lung and colorectal cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Mental health conditions including depression
According to statistics collected by AIHW, 73% of deaths in 2013 were caused by these diseases. Park Medical Group offers Chronic Disease Management services to patients living with these conditions. Contact us today to find out more information and to book an appointment with one of our experienced doctors.
What are the common features of chronic disease?
The AIHW website defines a long-lasting disease with persistent effects as chronic, and common features can include:
- Complex causality
- A long development period
- A prolonged course of illness
- Associated functional impairment or disability
If you are suffering from a chronic disease, the doctors at Park Medical Group can help to implement a Chronic Disease Management plan to help manage your condition. Contact the clinic today to book your appointment.
Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management at Park Medical Group
According to Diabetes Australia, 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. This makes diabetes the fastest growing chronic condition in the country. Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with ‘modifiable lifestyle risk factors,’ (Diabetes Australia) accounts for 85% of cases.
How diabetes is treated depends on the type (the most common types being Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational diabetes mellitus). However, the key to treating all types of diabetes, according to Diabetes Australia, is ‘keeping blood glucose levels in a healthy range.’ This will help to prevent long-term and short-term health complications. Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan at Park Medical Group is dedicated to helping patients manage diabetes through the use of diet and exercise modifications. A diet incorporating very low carbohydrate levels and high levels of healthy fats has been shown to reduce a patient’s reliance on medications to manage this chronic illness.
Call the reception staff at Park Medical Group to book your appointment with Dr Sanjeev today.
Mental Health conditions considered Chronic Disease in Australia
Persistent and ongoing mental health conditions such as depression are recognised as chronic illnesses in Australia and are treated as such by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Mental health conditions, while being considered chronic illnesses in their own right, are also linked to increased risk of developing other conditions such as obesity and diabetes.
You should speak to your doctor if you are having issues with your mental health and your weight. Your GP can help you to figure out any underlying problems that may be contributing to your health issues and can recommend an appropriate course of action.
To find out more about mental health conditions, read our blog post.
Contact Park Medical Group today to book an appointment if you are struggling with your mental health or any other chronic disease, and let us help you with our Chronic Disease Management services.