Chronic health conditions - rural areas (north)

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned two organisations to support people living with chronic health conditions in 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 offers the following to improve health outcomes for people living with chronic conditions: 

  • rural health workers 
  • mental health workers 
  • physical health workers 
  • Prime Mover Program: a Phase III integrated cardiopulmonary program that supports people with stable heart and lung conditions to better self-manage their wellbeing.

Who is eligible?

People living with:

  • mental health conditions, excluding complex and severe
  • cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • dementia.

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
    Contact:
    enquiries@rfdstas.org.au
    Phone:
    03 6391 0500