Managing chronic conditions

Chronic conditions are diseases that are long-lasting and have persistent effects.

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned services to support people with chronic conditions, and also supports health professionals treating people with chronic conditions by connecting providers to ensure coordination of care.

Our work in this area is guided by our Chronic Conditions Program Strategy.

Our commissioned activity

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned services for:

  • people with chronic conditions in rural areas
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic conditions.

Read more about them below or visit Our Services Portal.

One in four Tasmanians is currently living with at least two chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.

Rural health

We’ve funded three organisations to deliver primary healthcare services to people with chronic conditions across 21 rural local government areas.

Find out more about our rural health program, or by searching Our Services Portal.

Integrated team care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience a higher incidence of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and renal disease than the rest of the Australian population.

To help turn this around, we’ve commissioned organisations across Tasmania to provide Integrated Team Care – that is, care coordination, outreach workers and supplementary services.

For more details, go to Our Services Portal.

Moving on Up: Supporting the transition from child to adult care

Research suggests chronic conditions affect the everyday lives of almost 64,000 young Tasmanians.

For those who have become used to engaging with the health system in their childhood years, the transition to adult services can be a challenge.

Primary Health Tasmania has worked with the Tasmanian Health Service and other experts to develop Moving on Up – a practical framework to support the transition of young Tasmanians with chronic conditions to adult care.

Access the resources.

Diabetes quick guides

Primary Health Tasmania supported Diabetes Tasmania to develop a series of ‘quick guides’ to help people self-manage their diabetes. Any health professional can access the guides and share them with their patients.

The quick guides can be used as a learning tool during a consultation or as a reference for people to use at home or at their next diabetes educator appointment. Each guide introduces a topic in diabetes self-management: GLP (non-insulin injectable medications), hypos, insulin, medication, monitoring, nutrition, physical activity and sick days.

You can find the guides on the Diabetes Australia website.



Primary Health Tasmania has supported the development of a range of deprescribing resources, including fact sheets on medications such as antipsychotics, opioids and glaucoma eye drops.

Read more about managing medicines.

My Health Record

My Health Record can boost the coordination of healthcare services by enabling better information sharing between different providers, and reducing time spent chasing up clinical details or conducting repeat tests.

Read more about My Health Record.