What our Panel said about chronic conditions... June 2017

This month, our Consumer Health Panel was invited to provide feedback on experiences with chronic conditions and illness.

Responses showed that more than 90% of the panel had an understanding about what a ‘chronic condition’ was. There was also a good knowledge of what some of the ‘risk factors’ were, with panel members indicating not enough exercise (36%), stress (22%), poor diet (19%), no work/life balance (14%) and smoking (9%).

Alarmingly, 80% of panel members either suffer from, or know someone who suffers from, a chronic condition. However, it was pleasing that more than 80% of people were seeking help for their chronic condition from a variety of treatment options including:

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More than 80% of panel members also indicated they were somewhat satisfied or very satisfied with the care they received for their chronic condition, however 62% had difficulty accessing treatment. Some of this was due to services or facilities not being available in their local area (32%) and long waiting times (28%), while others said the care was not affordable (12%) and they were not aware of what was available (8%).

Of great concern is the fact that more than 70% of people were unaware of wellness programs or thought there were inadequate opportunities in their local area for people to be physically active, or manage their diet and weight. Exercise and support were the most common responses as to what people thought would make the most difference in improving health.

COORDINARE, as the South Eastern NSW PHN, have announced the commissioning of eight new programs to help reduce overweight and obesity levels, and promote healthy active ageing for people who live in South Eastern NSW. 

To find out more about this announcement, see our media release.