Type 2 Diabetes
The Type 2 Diabetes group exercise intervention program is a Medicare Plus initiative for patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Patients who will most benefit from group services are likely to be those who demonstrate a readiness to change, are able to contribute to group processes effectively and have a potential for self management.
Which Patients Are Eligible?
A patient must have type 2 diabetes. Before referring patients, the General Practitioner (GP) must put in place:
- a GP Management Plan item 721 (or review item 725); or
- for a resident of a residential aged care facility, the GP must have contributed to, or reviewed, a care plan prepared by the facility (item 731) .*
Eligible patients that are referred by their GP are allowed for one allied health assessment for group services (item 81110) and for a maximum of eight group services (item 81115) per calendar year.
Exercise Group Services
During the initial assessment, one of our Exercise Physiologists will coordinate a comprehensive patient history, identification of individual goals and preparation of the patients ability for an appropriate group services program. According to the assessment results all suitable patients will be assigned an exercise group of between 2 and 12 persons. The program goal is to educate and enable patients to take responsibility for maintaining appropriate physical activity habits to enhance their management of Type 2 Diabetes.
All Integrated Fitness Exercise Physiologists conducting services are approved by Medicare Australia to deliver exercise group services.