Help to manage chronic illness

More people in Western Victoria living with a chronic illness will get support from their local peer-led support groups thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost.

Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced applications were open for the Health Condition Support Grants Program.

Ms Pulford said the Andrews Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, no matter where they live.

“Not-for-profit peer-led support groups that help people better manage a chronic health condition can now apply for a share in $184,000 of grants,” Ms Pulford said.

“In these groups, people with chronic diseases, their families and carers can meet, share their experience with peers with the same illness and learn first-hand how to best manage the condition and enjoy a better quality of life,” she said.

Top priority health conditions for funding are heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, depression, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease and oral disease.

Ms Pulford said the grants will cover the group’s general expenses and operating costs such as meeting space rental, administration and publicity, and minor equipment such as printers.

“Peer-led support groups can make a real difference for people learning to cope after being diagnosed with a chronic illness,” Ms Pulford said.

“I encourage peer-led support groups in Western Victoria to apply for a grant that will support their invaluable work improving the lives of people with a chronic health condition,” she said.

“These grants mean peer-led support groups can continue to support people to better manage their disease, to learn more about it, to make better decisions about their care and to help them to live well,” Ms Pulford said.

The Health Condition Support Grants Program is now open and applications close on Friday, 14 July, 2017.

For more information or to apply for a grant visit the Health Department website www.health.vic.gov.au