HARP Chronic Disease Management
The Hospital Admissions Risk Program (HARP), now known as the HARP Chronic Disease Management Program is designed to improve health outcomes for people with chronic illness. The aim is to reduce the need for Emergency Department visits and hospital admissions.
HARP is a free short-term care program. You will have a care coordinator to provide information, support and education to you and your family.
Our staff are skilled in developing strategies to help you manage your condition. They are nurses or have a clinical background and have a level of expertise in cardiac and respiratory issues, cancer, diabetes or other chronic illnesses.
Your care coordinator can link you to community providers and liaise with other health professionals such as your local doctor or medical specialist to establish your management plan.
They will contact you at home after your visit to the hospital or Emergency Department and discuss your condition with you and your family or carer and how you can best manage the condition at home.
The care coordinator is able to provide education about your medical condition, how to recognise symptoms and what action to take. You may need to attend one of our outpatient groups, listed below, for exercise or education.
Your care coordinator will monitor your progress for a few months to ensure you have adequate knowledge and support in place to best manage your condition and improve the quality of your life.
Referral to HARP may come from your GP or any health professional when you present to the Emergency Department or are admitted to hospital.
- care coordination for patients with chronic and complex needs
- respiratory support and education
- cardiac support and education
- diabetes education
- cancer care support and education
- complex psychosocial support
- mental health liaison
Heart Failure Rehabilitation Program
Heart failure rehabilitation is an outpatient program for people with stable heart failure. You will take part in exercise classes, education and support sessions which are aimed at improving physical function and self-management of your medical condition.
Exercise sessions are tailored to meet your requirements and goals. We want to develop your confidence in continuing to exercise independently when the course is finished.
Our education sessions are designed to be informative and interactive. We want you to have a better understanding of your medical condition so it is easier for you to complete your day-to-day activities. You will be encouraged to set goals and strive to achieve them with a good support network.
What will I need to do?
You will need to attend supervised exercise sessions each Tuesday and Friday for 8 weeks. Each Tuesday includes an education session to improve your ability to manage your medical condition. Your exercise program is specifically designed to maximise your ability to complete day-to-day activities easier.
Tuesday program - exercise from 11.30am-12.30pm followed by lunch and an education session.
Friday program - exercise from 11.30am-12.30pm followed by lunch and support group session.
You are required to bring your own lunch but refreshments are provided.
If you aren't able to attend, you must notify the HARP team.
Any person with stable heart failure can be referred to attend rehabilitation. Referrals can be made by the hospital if you have been recently admitted or by your local doctor.
HARP Chronic Disease Management Program phone 5173 8571