3.18 Care planning for chronic diseases

This measure reports on care planning for the management of chronic disease for Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on care planning for the management of chronic disease. Chronic diseases are major causes of illness, disability and death among Indigenous Australians. An estimated 70% of the health gap between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australians is attributed to chronic diseases (AIHW 2016b). Effective management of chronic diseases can delay the progression of disease, reduce the need for high‑cost interventions, improve quality of life and increase life expectancy. Good quality care for people with chronic diseases generally involves multiple health‑care providers across multiple settings. As a result, care plans are one way the client and primary health‑care provider can ensure appropriate care is arranged and coordinated. GPs are encouraged to develop care plans through several items under the Medicare Benefits Schedule, including a GP Management Plan (GPMP) and a Team Care Arrangement (TCA) (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • National Key Performance Indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • Online Services Report

References

  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.
  • AIHW 2016b. Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 6. Cat. no. BOD 7. Canberra: AIHW.