Limiting the impact of chronic conditions across the region
Chronic conditions are the leading cause of illness, premature mortality, and health system utilisation in the South Eastern NSW region. We have an important role in facilitating, linking, and co-designing activities with health and social care partners to improve the prevention and management of chronic conditions.
Enhancing the management of chronic conditions
We support the delivery of a sustainable, integrated, whole-of-system response to chronic condition prevention and management.
We work with primary care to create and promote new models of care and build the capacity of our region for self-management.
Search our stories of success to find out how we have contributed to reducing the burden of chronic conditions.
Commissioned service partners
Chronic conditions are long-term, complex, and can compromise quality of life. Improving care coordination for people ensures they receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
We commission activities that reduce lifestyle risk factors, enhance the management of chronic conditions, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients at risk of poor outcomes.
Visit your local HealthPathways site for key information on chronic conditions, disease and pain.
ACT and Southern NSW:
Improving care for people with chronic conditions
Pain is said to be chronic if it persists beyond the normal healing time of about three months. Chronic pain may result from trauma, surgery, chronic medical conditions, or have an unknown cause.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing chronic pain or has an underlying chronic health condition, we have provided some helpful links to resources available in South Eastern NSW.
- Aboriginal health heart hub – St Vincent's Hospital Heart Health and the Heart Foundation
- Chronic conditions course – eCentreClinic
- Chronic Pain Australia resources
- Chronic pain management videos – Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Improving chronic pain management for people in Southern NSW
- Pain management hub – NPS MedicineWise
Your local HealthPathways site for ACT and Southern NSW or Illawarra Shoalhaven provide information for supporting people with chronic conditions.
You can also find more clinical supports for GPs and other health professionals under the headings below.
Implementing opioid de-prescribing
The following resources were developed by Woonona Medical Practice, to support general practices implementing opioid de-prescribing:
- Medication stewardship in general practice implementation guide
- Opioid agreement - trial
- Opioid agreement
- Opioid patient handout
- Opioid policy and protocol template
- Opioid risk assessment tool – Agency for Clinical Innovation
- Patient opioid contract – Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Quick steps through opioid management – Pain Management Network
- Speaking to patients about opioids webinar - COORDINARE
Below are some training resources and links to webinars which may be helpful for learning about chronic pain:
- Better Pain Prescribing - Faculty of Pain Medicine six-module course in opioid management
- Chronic Pain: Deprescribing opioids webinar - COORDINARE
- Chronic Pain: Opioids and take-home naloxone - COORDINARE
- Chronic Pain: Psychological and psychiatric impacts of COVID-19 - COORDINARE
- Good Medicine Better Health: Chronic pain CPD training - NPS Medicinewise
- Minimise risk of patients getting chronic pain webinar - COORDINARE
- Opioids in the elderly - safe prescribing and de-prescribing - Dr Nazmeen Shameem, Pain Fellow, St Vincent's Hospital Sydney
- Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course – University of Sydney
- Psychological and psychiatric impacts of COVID-19 webinar - COORDINARE
- Supporting people living with chronic pain with movement and exercise - COORDINARE