Chronic Disease Management

Kimberley Medical Group GPs offer a wide range of support to patients suffering from chronic disease.
So, what is a chronic disease? A chronic disease is a condition or disease which generally lasts at least six months or longer. These diseases can have detrimental impacts on your everyday life.


Common chronic diseases include asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases, various cancers, diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, and heart disease.

When supporting our patients who suffer these conditions, Kimberley Medical Group GPs develop a chronic disease management plan and provide health promotion and education on a variety of conditions.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, chronic kidney disease (CKD) caused 1 in 9 (17,500) deaths in 2017. CKD is 2.6 times more likely to hospitalise people in remote areas. Indigenous Australians are 5 times more likely to be hospitalised and 3.6 times more likely to die from CKD causes.

The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is twice as high for people living remotely and 4 times as likely in Indigenous Australians compared to non-Indigenous Australians.

In remote areas, chronic heart and other vascular diseases are 30 per cent more likely to lead to hospitalisation or death, and Indigenous Australians had chronic vascular disease hospitalisation and death rates that were almost twice as high as non-Indigenous Australians.

Arthritis is Australia’s leading cause of chronic pain and affects 3.9 million of us. Despite people thinking it just affects the elderly, it does not – people of all ages can suffer.

To help manage these conditions, create a plan or just to learn more about them and whether you may be at risk, give us a call on 9157 9860 or book your appointment online via HotDoc.

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