Chronic diseases are medical conditions that tend to be long lasting and persistent in their symptoms or development.
They include some cancers, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. Chronic diseases require ongoing management, yet most are preventable for many people through healthy lifestyle choices.
Chronic diseases impact on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of individuals, and may affect daily activities, relationships and employment. However, in many cases, health outcomes can be improved if conditions are managed well.
The Mid North Coast Local Health District provides a range of Chronic Care Programs for people with chronic disease who have difficulty managing their condition and who are at risk of hospitalisation.