A guide to chronic disease management plans

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, I witness first-hand the transformative power of chronic disease management plans (CDMPs) in improving the lives of individuals facing various health challenges.

In this article, we’ll explore the ins and outs of CDMPs, shedding light on eligibility, acquisition, covered health conditions, and the benefits they offer to patients.

A CDMP is a comprehensive approach designed to assist patients dealing with chronic or long-term health conditions.

Eligibility for a CDMP typically involves a patient having a chronic medical condition that requires ongoing care and specialist consultation.

Patients become eligible for a CDMP through their general practitioner (GP).

The GP, in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, assesses the patient’s needs and determines whether a coordinated approach including exercise physiology, physiotherapy or other allied health intervention is appropriate in your management plan.

This collaborative effort ensures a tailored plan that addresses the specific needs of the individual.

Once a CDMP is initiated, patients are entitled to receive up to 5 allied health sessions per calendar year that are partially rebated by Medicare.

CDMP’s facilitate access to a range of allied health services including dietetics, physiotherapy, and psychology.

This collaborative approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive care addressing not only the physical aspects of their condition but also the psychological and nutritional aspects, contributing to a more well-rounded treatment plan.

Exercise physiology plays a pivotal role.

We work closely with individuals to design and implement exercise programs tailored to their specific health condition, needs, and goals.

These programs focus on improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and overall functional capacity.

Encouragingly, CDMP’s are not just about managing symptoms; they empower individuals to actively participate in their health journey.

Through consistent exercise physiology interventions, patients can experience improved mobility, enhanced cardiovascular health, better weight management, and increased energy levels.

The holistic nature of CDMPs fosters a sense of empowerment and control over one’s health.

Common conditions that are often eligible for CDMPs include:

If you have a chronic health concern I urge you to take proactive steps in understanding and utilising CDMPs by talking with your GP.

Engaging with these plans can lead to a vastly improved quality of life, as the collaborative efforts of healthcare professionals guide you towards holistic wellness.

Ethan May

Exercise Physiologist