GPs - refer your patients

GPs play a key role in community type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention.

As GPs are typically the first point of contact for people seeking health care, they are in a prime position to assess patients for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk, and to promote the prevention message to at-risk patients.

The Life! program supports people at high risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke to modify their lifestyle to prevent the onset of disease and reach their goals for a healthier life. Delivered as either a Group Course or a Telephone Health Coaching service, this program is FREE.

GPs can feel confident in referring at-risk patients to the Life! program – their patients will benefit from an evidence-based lifestyle modification program that is facilitated by dietitians, exercise physiologists and other health professionals who have been trained in type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention. In addition, GPs also receive updates on their patient’s progress.

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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.

 Download the Life! GP information sheet here


Financial incentive

Life! offers a financial incentive for GPs to refer eligible patients to the Life! program. For more information contact casefinding@diabetesvic.org.au  or  (03) 8648 1880.


Patient eligibility

To participate in the Life! program, participants must have one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

  • 18 years and over and have an AUSDRISK score ≥ 12 and a BMI score ≥ 25
  • 18 years or more and have previously been diagnosed with one or more of the following:
  • cardiovascular disease (including myocardial infarction, angina and angioplasty)
  • gestational diabetes
  • moderate or severe Chronic Kidney Disease
  • familial hypercholesterolemia
  • serum total cholesterol >7.5mmol/L
  • systolic BP of ≥ 180mmHg or diastolic BP of ≥ 110mmHg
  • impaired glucose tolerance (by FPG, OGTT or HbA1c)
  • polycystic ovary syndrome
  • 45 years or more, or ≥ 35 years and of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and have an Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Test score of ≥10% when referred by a GP clinic

Patient referrals

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

2. Complete the Life! GP Referral Form and send it to Central Referral at Diabetes Victoria life@diabetesvic.org.au or fax 03 9667 1757

The Life! GP referral form and AUSDRISK tool is available in RTF file for the following medical software. 

  • Best Practice
  • Genie
  • Medical Director
  • ZedMed

See below for downloading and importing instructions. 

For further information regarding the GP referral form, phone the Life! program 03 8648 1880 or email life@diabetesvic.org.au  


 How to import a referral form


   Best Practice template

 

  •  IMPORTANT: do not open the .rtf file. Opening the file will make the data field in the template inactive. 

  • Right click on the file below and select ‘Save target as’. Go to the folder or location in the hard drive of the computer where you want to save it and select ‘Save’.

    Best Practice template click here 

    1.        Open a New Letter and from 'Templates' menu select 'Import templates'

    2.        Locate downloaded file and open

    3.        ­­­From 'File' menu select 'Save as'. Type in an appropriate Template name and click on Save

  • Genie template 

  • IMPORTANT: do not open the .4W7 file. Opening the file will make the data field in the template inactive.

  • Right click on the file below and select ‘Save target as’. Go to the folder or location in the hard drive of the computer where you want to save it and select ‘Save’.

    Genie template click here  

    1.        Create a letter for any patient

    2.        Select 'New Template' from the Template pop up menu

    3.        Select 'Open' from the File menu of 4D Write, and navigate to the downloaded file

    4.        Give the template a name

    5.        Click the 'Save' button


  • Medical Director 

  • IMPORTANT: Do not open the .rtf file. Opening the file will make the data field in the template inactive.

  • Right click on the file below and select ‘Save target as’. Go to the folder or location in the hard drive of the computer where you want to save it and select ‘Save’.


    Medical Director template click here

    1.        Open Medical Director and then Letter Writer 

    2.        In ‘File’ menu, select ‘Modify template’ then select ‘Blank template‘ and ‘Open’

    3.        In ‘File’ menu, select ‘Import’, find the template file and select ‘Open’ 

    4.        In ‘File’ menu, select ‘Save as template’, type in the name you want to call it and select ‘Save’.


  • ZedMed template

  • IMPORTANT: do not open the .4W7 file. Opening the file will make the data field in the template inactive.

  • Right click on the file below and select ‘Save target as’. Go to the folder or location in the hard drive of the computer where you want to save it and select ‘Save’.

    ZedMed template click here 

    1.        Click on Tools > Clinical WP Setup > WP Templates
    2.        File > Import Template
    3.        Find the file where you saved it and highlight it and then click Open
    4.        Enter the template name into the Description field. Click on OK

    More Zedmed templates click here.


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.