Chronic Disease Management

"We know of no single intervention with greater promise than physical exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously" - Booth et al 2000

Exercise Physiologists are well suited to the management of chronic disease, being able to match the immediate needs, goals and health status of the patient with appropriate activity and exercise options, and lifestyle and behavioural modification strategies that assist the uptake and maintenance of healthy lifestyle habits.

Common chronic diseases well suited to exercise intervention include Diabetes, Obesity, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, Cancer, and Depression. Often many of these conditions are strongly linked to lifestyle choices and behaviours.

Strenuous exercise is not necessary or indicated in the management of chronic disease. Recent research reveals that the most noticeable health benefits come from getting those who are inactive, to become moderately active. So the good news for those people with a chronic disease is that noticeable improvements in health can be achieved relatively comfortable and achievable increases in physical activity.

You may be eligible for funding of the above services via:

  •  Medicare - Chronic Disease Management Plan
  •  Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
  •  Private Health Funds

For more information about funding for Exercise Physiology services under Medicare, DVA and Private Health Fund schemes, please read our: Fact Sheet - Medicare/DVA/Private Health Funds funding