My health for life is a free, evidence-based behaviour change program for people at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke and Heart Disease. The program encourages and supports participants to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyle goals. A facilitator will work with participants to identify barriers to healthy changes and help participants take manageable steps to get past them, set realistic goals and an action plan for success.
My health for life programs are delivered over a six-month period in local group-based sessions facilitated by health professionals. Participants may also access the program via phone coaching. The program is funded by the Queensland Government and delivered by the Healthier Queensland Alliance led by Diabetes Queensland.
You are eligible to participate in the program if you are:
- 45 years and over and have been identified by a health professional as being at high risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
- 18 years and over and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and have been identified by a health professional as being at high risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke
- 18 years and over and have a pre-existing condition (previous history of gestational diabetes, or have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or high cholesterol).
If you are interested in participating in the program, you can contact 13RISK (13 74 75) or visit myhealthforlife.com.au and take an online health check to help determine your eligibility.
For General Practitioners
General practitioners can directly refer eligible patients into the program following a risk assessment using the Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Calculator tool that returns a score of 15 or higher. Additional information for General Practices can be sought from your local Western Queensland PHN Primary Health Care Coordinator. Referral forms can be downloaded from the Resources section below.
For service providers
My health for life offers organisations the opportunity to further invest in the health of their community, reshape and reduce the current burden of chronic disease. Organisations can potentially gain access to new clients who previously were outside their scope and offer value added services to those they currently see.
Organisations need to complete an Expression of interest (EOI). Successful organisations will then be required to nominate appropriate staff to be trained as program facilitators to deliver the program within their local community. An EOI template and a provider information pack can be downloaded from the Resources section below.
The first EOI period for the Western Queensland region closed on 20 December 2017. Contact Kathleen O'Hara to enquire about future opportunities to submit an EOI.
Western Queensland PHN Diabetes Manager
T: 0456 001 789