In our community, we are seeing ever-increasing rates of chronic disease, and in response to this, we are passionate about prevention, and in providing a high quality of care to our patients diagnosed with a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, stroke and many others.
We strongly believe that by providing the best education and advice; support, referral and treatment; our local community can be a vibrant and healthy one enjoying a high quality of life.
Platinum makes use of care planning to facilitate the best possible management of chronic disease. Care plans (or GP Management Plans) involve a detailed assessment of your current symptoms and treatment followed by identifying ways to improve, based on best practice guidelines.
You and your doctor decide together on the important goals for your treatment and a plan of action to enable you to achieve them. Care Plans are undertaken periodically depending on the severity of your chronic disease.
Completing a Care Plan usually involves a 30-40 minute appointment with a Practice Nurse followed by a 10-20 minute appointment with your Doctor. We believe that all patients with chronic medical problems should make use of this comprehensive approach to improve their health and lifestyle.
We promote a team-based care approach to chronic disease management, as research shows us that this is the best way of having positive health outcomes for our patients. We also promote the philosophy that each person is treated as an autonomous individual, and so a chronic disease management plan needs to be mutually beneficial to be successful.
A team of health care professionals including Specialists, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals usually delivers the best care for many of these conditions. Your Doctor plays a pivotal role in coordinating this care to ensure the best outcomes for you. If your Doctor completes a “Team Care Arrangement”, you may be eligible for up to five subsidised visits to health professionals each year (such as Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Diabetic Educators and others).