Chronic health conditions - rural areas (north west)

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned two organisations to support people living with chronic health conditions in north west 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.

Rural Health Tasmania supports people living with mental health conditions, cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and musculoskeletal conditions. Read more below.

What is available?

Rural Health Tasmania provides a stepped model of care that assures people receive care at a level of intensity that can be stepped up or down as needs change. Depending on need, services provided include:

  • face-to-face clinical care by GPs, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, allied health care providers and other health professionals working as a team
  • access to low intensity intervention and treatment services, health literacy, health promotion
  • early intervention and prevention services for people with mild symptoms.

Who is eligible?

People living with:

  • mental illness (child, adolescent, adult)
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • lung disease including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • musculoskeletal conditions.

Where is it available?

This service is available to people living in the following rural local government areas: Circular Head, Kentish, King Island, Waratah-Wynyard, and West Coast. 

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?

Access to services will be facilitated through flexible pathways that include clinicians, community workers and 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?

  • Rural Health Tasmania - King Island
    Phone:
    03 6462 9954
  • Rural Health Tasmania - West Coast
    Phone:
    03 6495 1629
  • Rural Health Tasmania - Kentish
    Phone:
    03 6491 2740
  • Rural Health Tasmania - Circular Head and Waratah-Wynyard
    Phone:
    03 6452 1266