GP Exercise Referral Scheme (GPERS)

CESPHN is exploring opportunities to increase access to exercise programs across the region, with a focus on areas with the greatest need.

Background: GPERS is an exercise treatment program conducted by an Exercise Physiologist, using evidence-based exercise prescription. It is aimed at people with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, pre-diabetes (IFG/ IGT), AUSDRISK score of >12, hypercholesterolemia, osteoarthritis, hypertension, osteoporosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, clinical obesity, males with a waist circumference >94cm and females with a waist circumference >80cm.

The program includes an initial and final assessment, plus 10 group sessions with an exercise physiologist. The total cost is approximately $120 per person. Medicare rebates are available for eligible patients through a Chronic Disease Management referral, item 10953. This generally brings the total cost to approximately $65. GPs are provided with an initial and final report.

The program aims to create a safe, encouraging environment where patients who would benefit from exercise are provided with expert advice for an affordable price. The programs would operate out of council affiliated leisure centres. At this stage we are negotiating for the program to be run out of the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre in Riverwood and the Canterbury Aquatic and Fitness Centre in Canterbury.

Completing this survey will help us greatly to understand the level of interest in the program, the barriers that exist in establishing and operating the program, and the modifications that need to be made to the current models in Hurstville and Sutherland to ensure it is also successful in Canterbury. 

Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this nine question, multi-choice survey. We hope that it will benefit you and your patient base in the near future. 

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* 1. Suburb that your general practice is located

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* 2. Do you currently refer patients who would benefit from increased physical activity to an exercise physiologist?

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* 3. Do you have patients who you would refer to GPERS?

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* 4. Do you think that your eligible patients would attend the GPERS program if referred?

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* 5. Would language, culture or transport be a barrier for many of the patients you would consider referring? (Tick all appropriate answers).

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* 6. Do you think it is likely that the patients that you would refer will complete 10 group sessions?

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* 7. Do you think the patients you refer would be willing and/ or able to pay $50 - $70 for the program? If not, what would be a reasonable out of pocket expense?

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* 8. For monitoring and evaluation processes, would you be willing to inform CESPHN of any consenting, identified patients you refer to ensure patients are not lost in the referral process?

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* 9. Would you refer suitable patients to a diet and nutrition focused lifestyle modification program if it became available in conjunction with the GPERS program?

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* 10. Please provide any further comments you believe relevant:

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