Key messages

  • The Early Intervention in Chronic Disease (EIiCD) initiative funds services that improve how people with chronic disease manage their condition, prevent complications, and improve their health and wellbeing.
  • To help implement the EIiCD initiative, the Department of Health & Human Services provides guidelines for service providers both with and without EliCD funding.

Early Intervention in Chronic Disease funding initiative

The Early Intervention in Chronic Disease (EIiCD) initiative funds services that improve how people with chronic disease manage their condition, prevent complications, and improve their health and wellbeing.

The EIiCD initiative builds on work by community health services to support people living with chronic disease, and it encourages new approaches that are consistent with evidence-based chronic care. Plus, it supports work to improve care coordination for people who access multiple services over long periods. That is, it encourages integrated chronic disease management (ICDM).

Funded services

The EIiCD initiative provides services to people with chronic disease. The services include allied health, nursing and psychosocial support. They are provided using multidisciplinary approaches that include education, care coordination and self-management support.

In particular, the funding supports flexible service delivery and care models that meet the needs of local population groups. Examples are site-based services, outreach services, telephone services and group programs.

The aim is to provide early intervention for people who have difficulty managing their chronic condition. If people can be good self-managers of their health, they are more likely to maintain good health and wellbeing, and avoid complications.

Guidelines for service providers

To help service providers implement the EIiCD initiative, the Department of Health & Human Services provides guidelines for service providers both with and without EIiCD funding - the Care for people with chronic conditions guide and associated case studies. The guidelines can be found below and case studies can be found on the Community Health Program page.

Evaluation

The Australian Institute for Primary Care (AIPC) evaluated the EIiCD initiative in 2007-08, including the role of Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs). The 2008 evaluation report sets out system-level improvements and the resulting benefits to people receiving care. The accompanying technical report sets out the evaluation method and outcomes.