My health for life

General Practice

My health for life (MH4L) is a free, evidence-based behaviour modification program for patients at high-risk of developing a chronic disease. The program includes six sessions over six months, with ongoing maintenance after the program has finished. Both phone coaching and face-to-face group programs are available, delivered by qualified health professionals who have been trained as MH4L facilitators.

MH4L works in partnership with general practice and is a practical extension of the advice given to patients by GPs and Practice Nurses; allowing participants to better understand their lifestyle risks and action their health goals.

GPs will be kept informed of their patient’s progress with letters sent via secure messaging when the patient has enrolled in the program, and once they have completed the program (and if they withdraw).

For more information about the program content please visit the website.

Brisbane South PHN can support your practice in the following ways:

  • providing MH4L health professional and patient resources
  • u-skilling staff via in-practice education
  • identifying ways to incorporate the promotion of the program into existing business
  • in-practice strategies to increase patient risk assessments and establish early intervention practices as part of routine clinical care
  • identifying patients that are automatically eligible for the program (pre-existing conditions)
  • identifying patients that are at risk of chronic disease and/or eligible for a health assessment that may be eligible for referral e.g. via Pen CAT4 or medical software searches
  • Practice Nurses involved in the Practice Nurse Support Program will benefit from in-depth understanding of risk assessments and prevention activities
  • practices involved in the Optimal Care or Building Digital Health programs can incorporate MH4L into quality improvement activities.

Referrals

Want to refer your patients to the program?

Check the patient eligibility flowchart and download electronic referral templates here:

GP referrals are sent to the MH4L team at Diabetes Queensland via Medical Objects or fax 07 3506 0909.

Although GP referral is recommended, referrals can also be made by a practice nurse, allied health professional or the patient themselves by contacting 13 RISK or visiting the website to complete a health check.

Patients that self-refer into the program will require GP consent if they have any of the following:

  • pregnant
  • mental health issue
  • current acute illness (i.e. cancer)
  • surgery within the last 12 months
  • high blood pressure either >160 systolic or >100 diastolic.

Have a question?

Contact your Brisbane South PHN Area Account Manager or contact MH4L directly by phone 13 RISK number (13 74 75) or website here.

 

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Pharmacy

My health for life (MH4L) is a free, evidence-based behaviour modification program for patients at high-risk of developing a chronic disease. The program includes six sessions over six months, with ongoing maintenance after the program has finished. Both phone coaching and face-to-face group programs are available, delivered by qualified health professionals who have been trained as MH4L facilitators.

Pharmacies play a vital role in providing health checks and health care information to customers every day. MH4L works in partnership with primary health care professionals and is a practical extension of the advice given by pharmacies to their patients; allowing participants to better understand their lifestyle risks and action their health goals.

For more information about the program content please visit the website.

Stroke Foundation working with Pharmacies

As you may already be aware, the Know Your Numbers pharmacy program has now transitioned in to the MH4L initiative.

Recognising the valuable role of pharmacy in providing primary health care, the MH4L program (via the Stroke Foundation) has developed online training and health check materials to assist pharmacies in providing health checks and referrals to the program. Registered pharmacies agree to:

  • Provide both Blood Pressure and AusDRisk (Diabetes risk questionnaire) checks on-site, in line with the National Vascular Disease Prevention guidelines
  • Refer eligible persons to the program
  • Return data on checks undertaken

If your pharmacy is interested in providing in-house health checks register by emailing healthchecks@strokefoundation.org.au

Referrals

Please refer to the patient eligibility flowchart.

Option1:

Pharmacists/pharmacy assistants can provide patients with MH4L promotional resources, and patients can then self-refer via the website or phone 13 RISK

Patients that self-refer into the program will require GP consent if they have any of the following: Pregnant, mental health issue, current acute illness (i.e. cancer), surgery within the last 12 months, high blood pressure either >160 systolic or >100 diastolic.

Option 2:

Pharmacies registered with MH4L refer eligible patients into the program after providing health checks on-site.

All referrals are reviewed by the 13 RISK call centre. Eligible participants are allocated to phone or groups based on their preferences (time, location, space available in local groups).

Have a question?

Contact your Brisbane South PHN Area Account Manager or contact MH4L directly by phone 13 RISK number (13 74 75) or website here.

 

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Allied Health

My health for life (MH4L) is a free, evidence-based behaviour modification program for patients at high-risk of developing a chronic disease. The program includes six sessions over six months, with ongoing maintenance after the program has finished. Both phone coaching and face-to-face group programs are available, delivered by qualified health professionals who have been trained as MH4L facilitators.

Allied health professionals play a vital role in providing health care information to patients every day. For patients that can’t afford to see an allied health professional for preventive care and advice (as there is no MBS item for this) the MH4L program is a fantastic option for them. MH4L works in partnership with primary health care professionals and is a practical extension of the advice given by allied health professionals to their patients; allowing participants to better understand their lifestyle risks and action their health goals. The program works alongside any existing therapies or programs the patient is involved in, focussing on motivation and social support.

For more information about the program content please visit the website.

Referrals

Please refer to the patient eligibility flowchart.

Allied health professionals can provide patients with MH4L promotional resources, and patients can then self-refer via the website or phone 13 RISK.

Patients that self-refer into the program will require GP consent if they have any of the following: pregnant, mental health issue, current acute illness (i.e. cancer), surgery within the last 12 months, high blood pressure either >160 systolic or >100 diastolic.

All referrals are reviewed by the 13 RISK call centre. Eligible participants are allocated to phone or groups based on their preferences (time, location, space available in local groups).

Have a question?

Contact your Brisbane South PHN Area Account Manager or contact MH4L directly by phone 13 RISK number (13 74 75) or website here.

 

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