More support for chronic disease
PEOPLE battling a chronic condition in the North Burnett will be offered extra support thanks to a new program being run by Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.
The chronic condition self-management program, which is suitable for carers and people who live with someone with a chronic condition, will run over six weeks at Mundubbera, Gayndah, Biggenden and Childers.
The program is based on the Stanford chronic condition self-management course and covers conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, emphysema, back pain, osteoporosis, depression, weight gain and heart disease.
"Nobody wants to have a chronic long-term illness or condition, but unfortunately many of us will have two or more of these types of conditions during our lives,” Rural Community and Allied Health Team Leader Lisa Baker said.
"The chronic condition self-management program aims to help people learn healthy ways to live with a disease or long-term condition.
"The program works well for those diagnosed with a new medical condition, but also for those requiring help to review management for an old condition or are simply keen to take charge of their health.
"The advice and support in the program comes from health professionals and, most importantly, people who have learnt to positively manage their chronic condition.”
Previous participants have provided positive feedback about how the program teaches them skills to take better care of themselves, instils independence, reassures them they are not alone in what they experience, and helps provide positive attitudes going forward.
The first round for 2018 begins in Mundubbera from Tuesday, March 20 (an evening session) in Gayndah on Wednesday, March 21 and in Biggenden from Friday, March 23.
Please phone the Gayndah Community and Allied Health Service on 4161 3571.