My health for life – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.