(Narrator) One in four Australians have at least two chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes If that’s you, then you know that there are a lot of things to keep an eye on such as symptoms, medications and GP and specialist visits

With so much on your plate, our health system can seem hard to navigate and disjointed That’s where Health Care Homes comes in It’s a way of caring for people with chronic conditions which puts the patient first A health care home is a general practice or Aboriginal Community controlled health service with one team co-ordinating your care It could be the practice you currently visit but with an emphasis on co-ordination to help you get the care and health services you need

Your health care home can be flexible in the way they look after you If you want to talk to someone in your care team you won’t always have to have an appointment with your GP You might call or message the nurse, or they might call you to see how you’re going If you’ve been to your specialist or had a hospital stay, your care team will follow up That way they know all about the care that you receive both inside and outside of your health care home

You are the focus of your care team and your care team will listen to your needs and preferences They’ll also work with you on a shared care plan Your shared care plan will include your health goals and the care you receive from your usual doctor, specialist doctors, nurses and others like physiotherapists Your shared care plan will include your health goals Health Care Homes is about giving you co-ordinated and consistent care, the best care for people with long term conditions

For more information go to the Health Care Homes page

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