The Chronic Illness Alliance has undertaken policy developments on behalf of its membership. Our aim is to ensure better care for all people with chronic illnesses and to educate people with chronic illnesses on informed access to medicines and all forms of healthcare. In 2018 we will continue to work with Stem Cells Australia, the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Community Advisory Group to inform our members of safe use of these new approaches. We work with Consumers’ Health Forum and the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance to ensure that our Australian health system continues to support all health consumers with timely, affordable health care.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Special Interest Group was formed in February, 2004 and is still going strong in 2017-18.
Its membership is health professionals and consumers in Victoria who wish to promote self-management programs as means to improve the health and quality of life of all people with chronic illnesses. Membership is open to all health professionals and consumers who would like to share their work, or learn more, in this area.
Many of the members of the Special Interest Group run self-management programs as part of the broader programs they developed under the Hospitals Admissions Risk Program (HARP), Integrated Disease Management (IDM) programs and more recently under the Australian Better Health Initiatives.
The group meets every second month. We have presentations about new programs and recent research, we discuss programs, how to evaluate them and share resources.