A GP Management Plan helps your GP to keep track of your chronic diseases and coordinate your care with the other health providers that you may also see including other medical doctors and Allied Health Providers.
People with a Disability often experience chronic diseases including diabetes, epilepsy, heart and lung conditions. These diseases require close monitoring of symptoms and may also need blood tests or scans, depending on your particular conditions. Regular treatment of these diseases including with a healthy lifestyle and medication may be needed to reduce the chance that you will need to go to hospital.
Some people also need to see Allied Health providers including a podiatrist, physiotherapist, psychologist, exercise physiologist, audiologist or dietician who may be referred to under Medicare EPC referrals or by utilising your NDIS funding depending on your plan. We also acknowledge that some people with an Intellectual Disability need support from carers to help manage these conditions and we will work with your family members or disability support workers by educating them about your healthcare needs.
A GP Management Plan is created during a dedicated appointment with your doctor. The GP Management Plan is tailored to your health needs and your GP will help you to come up with your goals for managing these chronic conditions.
These goals should be as specific as possible and have a time course in mind for when to achieve these goals by. An example of an initial goal may be to walk for 15 minutes five times a week for a person with Type 2 Diabetes who is trying to lose weight.
Your GP will review your progress towards these goals throughout the year and make further suggestions for improvement along the way.
Continuity of care is very important for anyone with a chronic disease and this is why your regular GP will be responsible for coordinating your GP Management Plan.