GPs and Allied Health play a key role in community type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Every day almost 280 people develop diabetes, every 12 minutes someone dies of cardiovascular disease, and one in every six people is likely to suffer a stroke*.
The statistics about type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke in Australia are alarming and preventing these serious conditions has never been more important.
GPs and allied health professionals are in a key position to assess high-risk individuals with the type 2 diabetes risk assessment (AUSDRISK) tool and to promote the Life! program to clients looking to live a healthier life.
GPs and allied health professionals can feel confident in referring at-risk patients to the Life! program – their patients will benefit from an evidenced-based lifestyle modification program that is facilitated by dietitians, exercise physiologists and other health professionals who have been trained in the area of prevention; specifically relating to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
What health professionals are saying about the Life! program:
“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
“Offering our customers the AUSDRISK test (a simple and quick test that can be done in the pharmacy) has a big impact on increasing Life! program participants and increasing knowledge and awareness among those who are at high risk of type 2 diabetes.” – Kathryn Fischman, Manager UFS Bridge Mall
Life! offers a financial incentive for pharmacies and GPs to refer eligible patients to the Life! program. For more information contact email@example.com or contact 03 8648 1880.
National Diabetes Services Scheme www.ndss.com.au/data-snapshots Statistical Snapshot as at 31 March, 2015.
www.heartfoundation.org.au Cardiovascular Disease Data and Statistics.
www.strokefoundation.com.au. “Stroke – nothing has changed. Still the nation’s second biggest cause of death.” 25 June 2012.