Jane Calligeros, Founder & CEO CDM Plus

Chronic Disease Management at the Primary Healthcare level involves providing long term care for patients with chronic conditions.  Chronic Disease Management can also incorporate Prevention & Early Detection activities like Cancer Screening.

Creating a theme for your practice is a great way to engage patients in prevention and activities like Cancer Screening.  For example, June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and there are some great resources available through Bowel Cancer Australia for your practice and patients.  Screening kits, posters, pamphlets and social media is a great way to launch an awareness campaign in your practice.

During a Care Plan, Review or Health Assessment appointment is a great opportunity to identify potential Prevention and Early Detection activities such as:

  • Vaccine Preventable Disease
  • Cancer Screening
  • Lifestyle Factors
  • Conditions (Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Diabetes)
  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Sexual Health

Listing the Prevention & Early Detection activities your patient is eligible for during a Care Plan, Review or health Assessment can help you plan patient care with your patient over the next 12 months.  Remember Chronic Disease Management is about long term care, it does not mean you have to complete all these activities on the day of the Care Plan, Review or Health Assessment, it means identifying and then putting a plan in place.  For example, if the patient is eligible for Bowel Screening then we would organise testing.  If the patient was due for a skin check then we would ask the patient to book a Skin Check appointment with Reception as a “Next Appointment”.

There are lots of Prevention & Early Detection activities available and it can be a bit confusing to remember which patients are eligible for each activity.  Our Digital Chronic Disease Management manual is a great reference tool to complete CDM activities like Care Plans, Reviews and Health Assessments and has Prevention & Early Detection activities as one of the steps in the process and you can check out our digital resources here.