Chronic Disease Management
Last updated July 5, 2023
Chronic disease is one of the main factors behind the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. If a client has a chronic disease, they may be eligible for services under a General Practitioner Management Plan (GPMP) or Team Care Arrangement (TCA).
A chronic medical condition is one that is likely to be present for 6 months or longer, for example:
- Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney Disease
- Musculoskeletal conditions
From November 2021 new MBS item numbers are available for Allied Health participation in case conferencing. The new item numbers are intended for:
- Chronic disease management under the care of a General Practitioner (GP) in either community or residential aged care settings.
- Early diagnosis and treatment for children under 13 years with, or suspected of having, a pervasive developmental disorder (including autism) or an eligible disability, under the care of a specialist, consultant physician or GP.