Care Plans and Health Assessments
Did you know that if you are between the age of 45 to 49; 75 years or over; or have a chronic medical condition that has been, or is likely to be present for six months or longer, you may be eligible for a management plan or health assessment fully covered by Medicare? Talk to your GP or Practice Nurse to find out more, or detailed brochures are available in the Practice.
*It is recommended that your Care Plan or Health Assessment be undertaken by your usual GP at your usual Medical Practice to ensure continuity of care.
Chronic Disease Management Plan
Anyone who has a chronic medical condition that has been, or is likely to be, present six months or longer, may be eligible for a Chronic Disease Management Plan.
A chronic disease is an illness that usually isn’t curable, but can be managed with various types of treatment.
Examples of chronic diseases include:
- chronic kidney disease
- heart disease
- chronic lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema.
Chronic diseases are best managed by a team of health care providers. A structured approach can enable your GP to coordinate the care of your complex conditions which require ongoing care from a multidisciplinary care team.
Your GP, along with Allied Health Professionals, can tailor a Care Plan to suit your needs and you may qualify for Medicare rebates for some Allied Health visits.
Care Plans are BULK BILLED to all current Medicare Card holders.
Mental Health Care Plan
A Mental Health Care Plan (also known as a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan) is a treatment strategy prepared by a GP in consultation with you. It looks at your mental health needs and goals and outlines treatment options and support services to reach those goals.
During an initial consultation, your GP will assess whether you have a mental health concern that warrants the preparation of a Mental Health Care Plan. Part of this preparation may involve referring you to an Allied Mental Health Professional.
Your GP can refer you for up to six individual or six group allied mental health services and it is at the clinical discretion of your referring practitioner as to the number of allied mental health services you will referred for (to a maximum of six in any one referral).
Your Care Plan will be Bulk Billed (to holders of a current Medicare Card). Allied Mental Health Professionals will determine their own fees for the professional services they provide which means there may be a gap fee after the Medicare rebate for the Mental Health Care Plan service.
One thing YOU should know is that it is not a sign of weakness to seek help.
If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of depression or anxiety, talk to your GP or Practice Nurse or head to our National Help Lines page.
45 to 49 Years Health Assessment
People aged 45 to 49 years (inclusive) with potential risk of developing a chronic disease are eligible for the 45 to 49 Years Health Assessment. A health assessment at this stage in life can assist Patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease.
During the course of the assessment, information will be gathered in regards to any medications you may currently take, lifestyle factors and risks, and your readiness to make lifestyle changes should they be deemed beneficial.
One of our Practice Nurses will conduct the assessment.
You may wish to consider seeing your GP about having an assessment if you have any of the following “risk factors” that may increase your chances of developing a chronic disease:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- family history of disease such as diabetes
- heart disease
- lack of physical activity
- poor diet
The 45 to 49 Year Health Assessment, introduced by the Commonwealth Government, is BULK BILLED to current Medicare Card holders.
75 Years and Over Health Assessment
If you or a loved one are 75 years of age or over, you/they are eligible for an annual Health Assessment under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (to holders of a current Medicare Card).
At Cooloola Coast General Practice, your health assessment will be performed within the comfort of one of our Practices. You may wish to have a friend or family member attend the appointment with you while one of our friendly Nurses conducts the assessment.
Allow up to one hour to complete the assessment.
During this process any medications you may be taking will be documented, and you’ll be assessed on Physical, Psychological and Social Functions.
At the conclusion of the health assessment you will be given a written report and any outcomes will be discussed with you through a follow up visit. This encourages you to be involved in any preventative measures recommended by your GP.
This health assessment can serve to maintain ones independence in their own home. The assessment is designed to identify needs that you may require and point you in the direction to access in-home help and community services should they be deemed necessary.
Health Assessments are BULK BILLED to current Medicare Card holders.
Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 1 or type two diabetes then you’ve probably heard about the diabetes annual cycle of care. But what exactly is involved?
The diabetes annual cycle of care is a checklist for reviewing your diabetes management and general health. Your GP will do this review to help you and your diabetes health care team manage your diabetes, and to reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications.
Because diabetes can lead to complications that can affect your whole body, it is important to do an annual cycle of care to identify any health concerns early and discuss the best treatment with your GP and diabetes health professionals.
Your annual cycle of care includes the following health checks:
- HbA1c Blood test
- Blood pressure
- Foot assessment
- Eye examination
- Kidney health
- Blood fats
- Healthy eating review
- Physical activity
- Medication review
- Diabetes management
- Smoking review
- Emotional help.
The frequency of the above health checks will vary and more details are available in the Practice or at www.ndss.com.au
The Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care is BULK BILLED to current Medicare Card holders.
Heart Health Check
Every 12 minutes an Australian dies from heart, stroke or blood vessel disease.
One fifth of Australians aged 45-74 years are at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years.
If you are 45 years or older (35 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), and have not had a heart attack or stroke, see your GP for a Heart Health Check.
The Heart Health Check is BULK BILLED to current Medicare Card holders.