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Chronic health conditions (older people - north west)

What is available? 

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned HBP Group to deliver Exercise Treatment Program: a program for older people who have – or are at risk of – chronic health conditions across north west Tasmania. 

The program is designed to improve activity levels and the quality of life of participants. It involves weekly strength-based exercise sessions over 14 weeks, featuring:

  • individual assessments – one at commencement and one at program completion
  • education sessions over 12 weeks
  • individually tailored exercises over 12 weeks
  • face-to-face group sessions – six to 10 people per group
  • telehealth – one-on-one and group sessions available
  • delivered by ESSA accredited exercise physiologists and APA registered physiotherapists. 

Who is eligible?

The program is for people living in the north west region of Tasmania who are: 

  • aged 60 and over, or
  • ​Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 45 and over 

It has been developed to support the prevention and management of chronic health conditions such as:  

  • neuro-degenerative disease
  • cardiovascular disease
  • pulmonary conditions
  • diabetes (including type 1 and type 2)
  • depression and other mental health conditions
  • muscular and/or skeletal conditions.

Where is it available?

It is available in the following nine local government areas in north west Tasmania: 

  • Burnie
  • Central Coast
  • Circular Head 
  • Devonport
  • Kentish 
  • King Island
  • Latrobe 
  • Waratah-Wynyard
  • West Coast.

Who can make a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:  

  • community and primary healthcare providers (including GPs, nurses and allied health professionals) 
  • north west region hospital allied health providers and specialists (North West Regional Hospital, Mersey Community Hospital, Smithton District Hospital, King Island District hospital and West Coast District Hospital) 
  • ​private specialists. 

An online referral form is available here.

How much does it cost?

This program is free for eligible people.

Is there a related Tasmanian HealthPathway?

Yes. Health professionals can log in to the Tasmanian HealthPathways portal and search for available pathways for Lifestyle and Preventive Care, Physical Activity Requests Older Person’s Health. 

Who provides the service?

  • HBP Group
    Contact:
    etp@hbpg.com.au
    Phone:
    1300 655 530