Today, Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleCastle Hill, RandwickPymbleKingsgroveNeutral Bay, Coburg – Melbourne, and Barrie, Ontario – Canada help you understand how you can access Medicare subsidised services for Allied Health to help you improve your health and manage chronic conditions.

What is a chronic disease management plan?

A Chronic Disease Management plan (CDM) or Enhanced Primary Care plan is to help people with chronic diseases have access to allied health services. Your doctor will work with you to help coordinate the care you need to manage your disease and enable you to have the best health outcomes possible. The care plan allows you up to five sessions per calendar year, which can be divided up between whichever allied health services you need, including:

  • Aboriginal health
  • Audiology
  • Chiropractic
  • Chiropodist
  • Diabetes education
  • Dietetic
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Osteopathic
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Speech Pathology
For most, these sessions won’t be enough to provide you all the help you need, but they are definitely a great way to get started!

How do I access exercise physiology with a chronic disease management plan?

  1. Find out if you qualify as someone with a chronic condition. A chronic condition is any illness, disease or injury that has lasted beyond 6 months.
  2. Ask your GP if they can create a chronic disease management plan or an enhanced primary care (EPC) plan to help you manage your health.
  3. Request for it to include exercise physiology or any other therapies your doctor recommends.
  4. Bring your EPC referral with you on the day, so you can claim back your Medicare rebate on the spot.

 

Why should I get a chronic disease management plan?

Even though for most specialties, they won’t be enough on their own to get you all the help you need, since you get up to five sessions per year, they are a great way to have a taste of therapies that might be beneficial, including exercise physiology. These sessions are also subsidised by Medicare, and are either bulk-billed, or you will have a small gap to pay.

For exercise physiology, the five sessions will give you more of a preview into how exercise can help you manage your disease and improve your health. Since these sessions are subsidised, they are a great way to find out how exercise can help, and to get you started on your exercise journey!

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with a chronic condition, or you already have a chronic condition you are struggling to manage, a chronic disease management plan would be the perfect way to find out how an exercise physiologist can help you!

Chronic conditions we help manage that are covered by a care plan include:

  • Diabetes and other metabolic conditions
  • Low back pain and other chronic pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis/osteopenia
  • High blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions
  • Obesity
  • COPD and other respiratory conditions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Parkinsons’ disease and Dementia
  • Autism and other behavioural conditions

See Vaish’s video below for more information,

 

If you think you may qualify for a chronic disease management plan, book an appointment with your GP today and get started with the allied health services you need.

If you have any questions about accessing Exercise Physiology with a chronic disease management plan or a care plan, give Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne, EdgecliffMarrickvilleCastle Hill, RandwickPymbleKingsgroveNeutral Bay, Coburg – Melbourne, and Barrie, Ontario – Canada a call on 1300 964 002 today!