GPs, Pharmacists and Allied Health professionals play a key role in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention.
GPs are typically the first point of contact for people seeking health care, they are in a prime position to assess patients for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk, and to promote the prevention message to any at-risk patients.
Gippsland PHN’s health needs assessment noted Diabetes as a priority health issue in Gippsland with a high proportion of the population reporting diabetes in Latrobe and Wellington. Potentially preventable hospitalisations are high across Gippsland, especially in Latrobe and Baw Baw.
Since the Life! program began in 2008 over 55,000 Victorians have learnt more about the steps they can take to live a healthier life. Funded by the Victorian Government and managed by Diabetes Victoria, it is the biggest prevention program of its type in Australia.
Through referring patients to the Life! program, health professionals can feel confident that their patients will benefit from an evidenced-based program that is facilitated by dietitians, exercise physiologists and other health professionals who have been trained in prevention; specifically relating to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The Life! program is a free Victorian healthy lifestyle program that helps your patients reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by expert health professionals, the program is delivered by expert health professionals as a group course or a telephone health coaching service.
For those at risk, making lifestyle changes isn’t easy, especially on their own. The Life! program provides motivation and support that is needed to make and maintain positive changes and to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.
The rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations due to diabetes complications are high in Gippsland. Gippsland has the third highest rate of any PHN in Australia and the rate of hospital admissions for Aboriginal people due to diabetes is almost six times that of non-Aboriginal people.
The first step is to assess risk of diabetes. A FREE online risk test has been created for the program, it is user friendly for patients and it takes only take 3 minutes.