Local campaign promotes screening for chronic disease risk

During September 2018, general practices that have Tonic TV in their waiting room will be targeted in a local My health for life advertising campaign, supported by Brisbane North PHN.

This local activity will extend the reach of the mass marketing campaign being run on commercial television encouraging Queenslanders to check their risk of developing chronic disease online at the My health for life website. Acknowledging the role GPs play in supporting their patients with health checks, the Tonic TV advertisement will encourage patients to speak with their GP about their chronic disease risk.

My health for life is an integrated risk assessment and behaviour modification program that aims to assist participants to reduce their risk of developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. My health for life works in partnership with GPs, providing patients an opportunity to participate in an evidence-based lifestyle modification program in their local community.

Facilitators are trained health professionals, including dietitians and exercise physiologists, who have a keen interest in preventive health. My health for life is a practical extension of the advice given by GPs to their patients, allowing participants to better understand their lifestyle risks and action their health goals. GPs will be kept informed of their patient’s progress, completing the care cycle.

During September 2018, My health for life face-to-face group sessions will commence in Fortitude Valley, Mitchelton, Caboolture, Ashgrove and Bald Hills, facilitated by local allied health providers. Participants are also able to complete the program through telephone coaching if there are no local sessions available in their area.

Patients can be referred to the program using the practice software referral template or by calling 13 RISK (13 74 75). Visit myhealthforlife.com.au for further information.