Chronic Conditions Self Management


ccsm01Course dates are still being finalised for 2011 but are constantly being run throughout the year so if anyone is interested in attending one in their area they can call 1300 785 853 for dates and times of courses in their area. The next Brisbane North course will be 19/1/2011 from 9am - 11.30 am. We would also be pleased to run courses at external venues if facilities can be provided. Courses are run for a minimum of eight and a maximum of fifteen participants.

The course teaches the life skills needed in day-to-day management of chronic conditions and to embrace life’s opportunities. It has been designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education and will not conflict with existing programs or treatments. Consequently, the program developed by the School of Medicine at Stanford University, has been life-changing for a number of people.

The program has been implemented in the United Kingdom, known as the Expert Patient Program. The Stanford Model has been used widely throughout USA, Canada and extensively translated for use in other countries. The Australian government has initiated a major focus on chronic disease which currently contributes to over 70% of the disease burden in Australia. The Stanford Model is being used throughout Australia.

The two and a half hour workshops run once a week, over a period of six weeks, will be highly participative. The format reduces an individual’s sense of isolation, facilitates peer learning and sharing, and has a strong goal setting and problem solving focus. The aim is to promote self-efficacy by building attendees confidence, empowering people to manage their health, and therefore maintain active and fulfilling lives. Studies have shown self-managers have more effective relationships their general practitioners and other health care professionals resulting in enhanced productive outcomes and reduced episodes of hospitalisations.ccsm02

Subjects covered include:

* techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
* appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance.
* appropriate use of medications.
* communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals.
* nutrition.
* how to evaluate new treatments.

We are able to offer this government funded course to any HACC eligible individuals and/or their spouse, partner or carer which includes morning tea at no cost. HACC, or Home and Community Care, is designed to help people stay independent and living at home. Most people with chronic conditions are eligible and this service enables a vast majority of older Australians to live independently in their own homes. Transport can be arranged if required. Each week clients are provided with a great deal of information, literature including federal and state government health initiatives such as “Go for 2&5”, “Measure-Up” and “Ageing with Vitality”.


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