Tailored Exercises for Health Conditions
Victoria’s main passion has always been to inspire action in people with chronic medical conditions. All the current research in the field of cancer, type 2 diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD or lung condition complaints) and heart disease, clearly indicates the benefits of physical activity as a preventative and as a management strategy.
Exercise as medicine is as important as conventional medicine in many conditions. Both are needed for the best outcomes. People with special conditions need a doctor who understands their treatment and medication requirements and who will encourage them, the patient, to self-manage their body house-keeping. Often it is not until we are diagnosed with a medical condition that we suddenly realise this body we rely on to transport us around needs body maintenance in the form of exercise. Generally, we may look after our car and our house more diligently than our own body. A significant mental shift is required to contemplate exercise, regular exercise, as something that needs to be done for the rest of our life.
To anyone who has never been an “exercise-person” they face a daunting obstacle and they need to have the necessary support and to be inspired, to shift from pre-contemplation to action in relation to exercise. A previous history of exercise, especially happy experiences, can help make the transition to “medical exercise” an easier process. Compliance and adherence to what needs to be is accepted more readily.
However, with a positive attitude in the patient and appropriate advice in regards to what exercise to do, how often to do it, and some caring supervision, is possible to introduce effective regular exercise and even to make it fun.
Medical Referral information
If you have a Team Care Arrangement with your GP, you may be able to get a referral to any one (or more than one) of the following Allied Health professionals. This provides personal one-on-one time with a university trained professional who can help you in your health journey.
- Exercise physiologist
- Diabetes Educator
Team Care Arrangements (TCA) and Enhanced Primary Care Plans (EPC)
EPC referrals are available for eligible people through their General Practitioner (GP). Eligibility is based on whether you have a chronic condition. Chronic conditions (Medicare defines a chronic condition as one that has been, or will likely to be, present for at least 6 months or is terminal) need to be assessed by a GP as there are specific requirements that need to be met for Medicare funding to apply. If you think you may be eligible, please speak to your GP.
Type 2 Diabetes Group Education Referral
At the Green Apple, as well as providing one-on-one sessions with the Exercise Physiologist on an EPC plan, we run approved Type 2 Diabetes Group Education courses. These courses are conducted 4 times a year for 8 weeks duration. They cover lifestyle modification and exercise sessions to help you better manage your type 2 diabetes. This course is great if you have been newly diagnosed and would like some more information about the condition and what you can do to help yourself. Or even if you have had type 2 diabetes for a long time, this course is reviewed yearly to make sure that the information is up to date, meaning that you can do this course once every year and you could learn different information every time!
Speak to your GP about whether or not you are eligible for a Type 2 Diabetes Group Education referral (one per person, per year) to be bulk billed for this course