Chronic Disease Management
Chronic Disease Management @ The Branch Clinic
A number of Hawkins Clinic nurses have undergone training to assist patients to learn how to better manage their condition with diseases like Diabetes, Heart Disease and Asthma.
Eligible patients are offered an appointment with one of these nurses who will explain the disease and prepare a draft management plan for the patient’s doctor.
These nurse appointments are offered at our branch clinic at 29 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier.
Patients then have an appointment with their doctor who completes the management plan and any referrals that may be considered beneficial. Patients are given a copy of the management plan document which they are encouraged to share with other health professionals involved in their care.
Eligible patients may also be entitled to access up to 5 Medicare rebates for allied health consults (Once a Medicare Team Care Arrangement item number has been billed).
Patients are encouraged to review their management plan with their doctor at six month intervals. Some patients are referred back to our nurses prior to their doctor’s appointment to assist them to achieve the goals that were identified and agreed upon in the original management plan.