Integrated Chronic Disease Care service refinements

To provide high-quality care and support for individuals with chronic conditions in Country WA, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) remains committed to continuously improving the Integrated Chronic Disease Care (ICDC) service. This service is dedicated to delivering evidence-based chronic disease care coordination and allied health services, aiming to enhance the management of chronic conditions.

Effective from July 1, 2023, the eligibility criteria for the ICDC service will be refined. To enrol in the service, clients will be required to have a GP Management Plan. In addition, clients must demonstrate a need for care coordination support, alongside their access to allied health services. These changes are designed to ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach to chronic disease management.

The scope of eligible conditions for the ICDC service is also being broadened. Obesity and other conditions will now be considered on a case-by-case basis, aligning with the National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions. This adjustment allows the service to better cater to the diverse needs of the community. Additionally, WAPHA is expanding the range of allied health services available, including support for social issues such as social work and non-dispensing pharmacy services. These enhancements aim to address the broader health and social aspects that significantly impact chronic disease management.