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Chronic Diseases - What are they?

06 October, 2014

Chronic diseases are one of the leading causes of death in Australia. Some chronic diseases lead to long-term disabilities and considerable costs for the patient, which is why government and health fund providers such as CBHS are actively targeting chronic diseases with prevention and management programs.

Chronic diseases defined

Chronic disease has been defined as an illness that is sustained or prolonged in duration. As a rule, chronic diseases are complex, do not resolve spontaneously and are rarely completely cured.

Chronic diseases in Australia

The incidence of chronic disease in Australia is high and continues to grow. For example, around 2% of the population have a form of cancer, while 4% have diabetes. Around 10% of the population is affected by asthma, 11% have a long-term mental or behavioural condition, and 16% experience some form of medical condition associated with the circulatory system.

An aging population, early detection, better treatments for diseases that traditionally led to premature death and lifestyle factors are all contributors to the high rate of recorded chronic diseases in Australia. 

The Australian government has committed $872.1 million over six years (from 2009-2015) to reduce the amount of chronic diseases in Australia. With greater awareness of casual factors, major chronic diseases and also access to support programs, the government aims to target the rising prevalence of these diseases and reduce the burden on the community.

CBHS’ Chronic Disease Management Programs

CBHS already has chronic disease management programs (CDMP) in place for our members, as we are aware of the benefits that can help reduce the impact of chronic disease on our members’ lives. Our chronic disease management programs can improve health, quality of life and reduce hospital admissions.

CBHS works with clinically specialised providers to deliver these programs to members. Members can expect a focus on self-education as well as telephone-based support, and health professionals will work with members to set specific health goals and manage treatment. Members’ doctors can be kept aware and informed of the advice and actions being recommended during the member’s participation in a CDMP if required.

Participation is via application. Members with hospital cover or a packaged product for the duration of the program and who experience a hospital event or have been identified at high risk for chronic diseases may apply to participate in a CDMP. There are no additional fees for participating in a CDMP.

To find out more about our CDMP programs or if you have an enquiry about participating in a CDMP, contact Karen, our Health & Wellness Consultant, on 02 9843 7620 or Sam, our Clinical Health Manager, on 02 9843 7616 or email .


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