General Practitioners

General practitioners (GPs) play a critical role in the community for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention.You can feel confident in referring your at-risk patients into the Life! program, as your patients will benefit from practical evidence-based advice to adopt healthy behaviours and lead a more active lifestyle.

Our health professionals will work with your patients to learn more about:

  • Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke

  • Healthy eating

  • Physical activity

  • Stress management and wellbeing

  • Goal setting and managing lapses

 Download the Life! GP information sheet here


Is there a reimbursement for referring patients into the Life! program? 

Yes, Life! offers a financial incentive for GPs to refer eligible patients into the Life! program. For more information contact our Primary Care Engagement Coordinator Elleni Kaias ekaias@diabetesvic.org.au or (03) 9667-1724.


Interested in referring your patients? 

Referring your patients into the program is a simple process.

1. To refer your patients, follow the steps in the Patient Eligibility and Referral Pathway document here  

2. Access the Life! PDF referral form here  or download a referral template in your clinical software: 

The Life! GP referral form is available as a template in following medical software programs:

For clinical software import instructions please click here

Please note: Do not open the GP referral templates until they have been imported into your clinical software program as this may result in the corruption of coding. Right click on the file and select 'Save Target As'. Go to the folder or location on your hard drive where you would like to save the template and click 'Save'. 

3. Attach a blood pathology report to the referral within 12 months of referral date:

  • Fasting Blood Glucose (or HbA1c)
  • Lipid Profile (TC/TRIG/HDL/LDL)

4. Attach a completed AUSDRISK form to the referral if referring patient through Criteria A

5. Fax or email the documentation to (03) 9667-1757 or email to life@diabetesvic.org.au

Case study

“I find the Life! program is fantastic for my high-risk patients. It gives them structured support and teaches them practical skills (e.g. visits to the supermarket to learn how to read food labels to enable them to choose healthier foods). I’d say that most of the patients who attend the program tell me how much they’ve enjoyed it and got something useful from the program – even the ones who were initially sceptical. Focusing early on preventing diabetes makes so much sense than dealing with diabetes once it’s established.” – Dr Marich, Mount Martha Village Clinic

Read more about Mount Martha Village Clinic's experience with the Life! program.