Living with a chronic (long-lasting) health condition, such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes, presents many challenges. Learning how to meet those challenges is a process - it doesn't happen right away.
But understanding more about your condition, and doing your part to manage it, can help you take health challenges in stride. Many people find that taking an active part in the care of a chronic health condition can help them feel stronger and better equipped to deal with lots of life's trials and tribulations.
A clients’ self-management of chronic disease already occurs, however the effectiveness of the clients’ self-management strategies can vary. By providing clients with the health knowledge, skills and resources, they can better manage their disease through self-management programs. The self-management approach emphasises the clients’ central role in managing their health, links them to community resources and includes strategies of assessment, goal setting, problem solving and follow-up.
The current health system is ill equipped to educate and support individuals to self manage. The IpAC Program offers services to fill this gap in service provision to the client. The students and allied health professionals working in the IpAC Program will educate and support clients in the management of their chronic disease.