Chronic Health Conditions
In Australia, chronic conditions were responsible for almost 90% of deaths in 2015, with an average of three diseases associated with each death. In fact, around 20% of deaths involved five or more associated diseases. Chronic conditions can range from relatively minor ailments like short-sightedness and minor hearing loss, to debilitating conditions such as osteoarthritis or asthma and life-threatening illnesses like cancer and coronary heart disease.
Population ageing and advancements in medical treatments have allowed individuals to live longer with chronic conditions. However, these conditions may never be fully resolved, requiring ongoing healthcare management.
It has been demonstrated that having a regular GP who provides high-quality continuity of care can reduce the risk of complications from chronic disease, and also decrease hospital admission rates. Your GP can provide valuable support and guidance in managing your chronic health condition. They can work with you to develop a personalized care plan that takes into account your specific needs and goals. They can also provide regular check-ups to monitor your condition and adjust your treatment plan as needed.
At Murray Medical, we strongly encourage patients to have a primary GP who will coordinate their care. We are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care to all patients, including those with chronic health conditions. Your team of GPs, nurses and allied health professionals are dedicated to supporting you in managing your condition and achieving the best possible health outcomes. If you have a chronic health condition, we encourage you to book an appointment with your GP to discuss how they can help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life.