Chronic Disease Management

If you suffer from Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, mental illness, arthritis, osteoporosis, in fact, any chronic illness that impacts on your day to day life, we at Canning Medical Centre can help you get the most out of the services available in the community, access to treatment required, and ensure you have the quality of life you deserve, with the support you need.

Chronic diseases are illnesses that are prolonged in duration, do not often resolve spontaneously, and are rarely cured completely1. Chronic diseases are complex and varied in terms of their nature, how they are caused and the extent of their impact on the community. While some chronic diseases make large contributions to premature death, others contribute more to disability. Some may last indefinitely, whereas others may resolve over time2.

Given the increasing prevalence of chronic disease and the enormous associated personal, social and economic cost to the community, a wide range of Australian Government programs and initiatives provide assistance in the area of chronic disease, including:

  • programs to increase access to care and medicines
  • risk factor prevention and management
  • Programs providing support to people with specific chronic diseases with the aim of reducing the overall burden in these areas.

1Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2002). Chronic diseases and associated risk factors in Australia 2001, Canberra: AIHW, page 2.
2Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2006). Chronic diseases and associated risk factors in Australia 2006, Canberra: AIHW, page 2.

Dr Ve Wen Phang

General Practitioner She has skills in Chronic Disease, Aged Care, Women’s Health, Paediatrics and all aspects of Family Medicine.  

Dr John Varona

General Practitioner Dr Varona graduated from UQ in 2010. He has worked as a medical practitioner since 2011. After working…

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Dr Elyn Gaebler

General Practitioner Dr Gaebler  graduated from postgraduate medicine at Notre Dame University in 2010. She worked at Fremantle Hospital and…

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Dr Jenny Donnelly

General Practitioner Jenny graduated from UWA with honours in 2003 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of…

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Dr Anita Calalesina

General Practitioner She has skills in Chronic Disease, Aged Care, Women’s Health, Paediatrics and all aspects of Family Medicine. She…

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Dr Tom Johnston

General Practitioner Dr Tom Johnston has been in General Practice for 25 years. He has worked in Germany, the UK…

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Dr Ian McWhirter

General Practitioner Dr McWhirter graduated from UWA in 2004 and lives in the Fremantle area. He has worked in General…

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Dr Catherine Brooker

General Practitioner Dr Brooker is an experienced GP and has extra Qualifications in women’s health and Paediatrics. She is skilled…

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Dr Ann-Sofi Pokrant

General Practitioner An experienced GP, Dr Pokrant’s special interests lie in women’s health and family medicine, and she’s skilled in…

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Dr William (Bill) Sands

General Practitioner Dr Sands has worked as a GP in Fremantle since 1981, bringing more than 30 years of professional…

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