A survey published today by the Consumers Health Forum of more than 1,000 respondents has highlighted the need for a review and shake-up of the way chronic conditions are treated in Australia, with a high proportion of people surveyed saying they wanted a more co-ordinated approach to care for chronic conditions.
Deidre Mackechnie, Acting CEO of MS Australia said: “We agree with today's statement from the Consumer Heath Forum. Healthcare in Australia needs to invest in, and review, chronic care to implement a more patient-centred system so that the health and disability needs of people with chronic conditions are fully supported and they are able to live their lives to the full. People living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have consistently expressed the need for a more coordinated care approach when dealing with their condition.”
“They often need to access a number of different supports and services to deal with a wide range of often debilitating symptoms from different sectors. We have just returned from a conference where a number of MS Advocates voiced the same concerns as stated by the Consumer Health Forum and echoed the findings from their primary health survey which states that the majority of people supported team-based care for people with chronic conditions.”
“MS affects over 23,000 people in Australia and people living with the condition would greatly benefit from improved coordination and integration within the healthcare and disability systems involving the GP and other practitioners such as practice nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists and pharmacists.“