Working with medical centres to deliver best practice health outcomes and optimise income


Lifestyle and Weight loss Innovation Award

Thank you to the communities, Murrumbidgee PHN, Live Better for Partnering with MediCoach and to the wonderful General Practices that were involved and continue to be involved in this project. The aim of supporting 12 identified General Practices to engage in the PHN’s approach to reducing the impact of chronic disease, the Lifestyle and Weight Management Program used a co-design and pilot process to design a multi-component approach that addresses three lifestyle areas: nutrition, physical activity and psychological approaches to behavioural change; and to upskill the general practice teams.

As well as producing positive outcomes for General Practices and participants, the Lifestyle and Weight Management program is expected to:

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Prevention Practitioner Burnout - ADEA Feature article

As practitioners, we design personalised interventions for those with whom we work. . This may mean that we set goals for people based on our own clinical agendas, hoping that we can encourage our clients to take an active role in their own health and wellbeing. This process commonly occurs alongside high administrative demands and tight timelines. Some clinicians may feel they are investing more energy and effort than the individuals with whom they work. A consequence of this may be compassion fatigue and practitioner burnout. I hope that this article will provide you with some strategies to empower you and those you work with, reduce your workload, and assist you to support individuals to thrive rather than survive with their diabetes, while at the same time lower your risk of burnout.

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Being the change – working with government for improved outcomes

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Dr Timothy Denton, Chair of Western Primary Health Network, and I are currently writing a submission to work with the Federal Government to enquire into and report on best practice in chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care, aimed at reducing the ongoing escalating financial burden to our health care sector.

We have noted through anecdotal evidence gathered via our nurse-led chronic and preventative disease clinic that frequent visits and boosting client engagement have greatly benefited clinical outcome parameters.

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Stepping up to the challenge of preventing chronic disease

preventing chronic disease

Chronic disease is the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia, accounting for 90% of all deaths in 2011 (AIHW 2011b).

Because of its personal, social and economic impact, tackling chronic disease and its causes is the biggest health challenge Australia faces. A growing understanding that many of these diseases arise from similar underlying causes, have similar features, and share a number of prevention, management and treatment strategies, as well as significant and increasing costs, is challenging us to transform the way we respond to chronic disease.

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The power of engagement – boosting client uptake of disease prevention programs

disease prevention programs

It's human nature to resist change whether it's the best thing for us or not. Current guidelines in chronic disease clinics follow the RACGP guidelines and can be very prescriptive in their approach.

If we all did what we knew to be the "right thing" in terms of our health, then we wouldn't be experiencing the current health crisis. Initiating is the hardest part and if clients feel they have a practitioner who is championing their cause and listening to them, this can make a massive difference to getting started. Clients can feel disillusioned by being told the same thing over and over again, and often dis-engage as a result.

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Improving Patient Outcomes with Coaching

health and wellness coach

Currently, standards for credentialing health and wellness coaches in Australia require 125 hours of training through Wellness Coaching Australia.

Professionalising the field will require a clear and consistent definition and standardisation of train-ing essential for future robust research to accurately assess the effectiveness of bringing about changes in health behaviours, health outcomes and associated costs that are targeted to reduce the global burden of chronic disease.1

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