Chronic disease

Long-term conditions and disease are placing increasing pressure on individuals, families, carers, the community and the health system. WACHS has introduced a number of initiatives to help people with long-term conditions, and service providers to become more informed about the principles and specific skills to support self-management.

Managing your condition to improve your health

Evidence suggests that around one third of chronic conditions are preventable; with tobacco use, high body mass and low physical activity being key risk factors leading to the onset of diabetes, chronic heart disease and/or chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and cardio obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)[1].

In 2007, the Australian Better Health Initiative was implemented with State and Territory governments to encourage active patient self-management of long-term conditions. An allocation of this funding, supported by the WACHS Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Strategy (2015 – 2020), has assisted WACHS in introducing a number of initiatives to help people with long-term conditions better manage their condition to improve their quality of life and reduce unplanned hospitalisation and/or Emergency Department presentations, whilst also assisting service providers to become more informed about the principles and specific skills to support self-management.

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Burden of Disease Study 2011