Chronic health conditions - rural areas (north)

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned two organisations to support people living with chronic health conditions in rural areas of northern Tasmania.

Diabetes Tasmania provides diabetes education and support services, as well as support for GPs and other health care providers delivering diabetes care. Read more here.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Tasmania supports people living with mental health conditions, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and dementia. Read more below.

What is available?

The RFDS provides: 

  • individual and group exercise programs (allied health) 
  • access to low intensity mental health supports.

Who is eligible?

People living with:

  • cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • chronic lung disease (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma)
  • dementia
  • mild to moderate mental health conditions.

Where is it available?

This service is available to people living in the following rural local government areas: Break O’Day, Dorset, Flinders Island, George Town, and Glamorgan-Spring Bay. 

Not all services are physically delivered in every local community, but eligible people in the areas indicated have access to the services either face-to-face or through other means such as phone support. Speak to the service provider (below) for more information.

Go to this page to see where diabetes education and support services are available. 

Who can make a referral?

Flexible referral pathways which include clinicians, community workers and self-referral. Referrals can be made by a GP, practice nurse, allied health professional, mental health workers, community workers, community members or self-referral.

How much does it cost?

This service is free to eligible people where service capacity exists. 

Is there a related Tasmanian HealthPathway?

Yes. Health professionals can log in to the Tasmanian HealthPathways portal and search for available pathways for Mental Health, Cardiology, COPD and Cognitive Impairment and Dementia.

Who provides the service?

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania
    03 6391 0500