Chronic Disease Management Tips

Effective management can enhance your quality of life, reduce the risk of complications, and lead to a more fulfilling lifestyle. At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, we understand the complexities of managing chronic diseases. In this article, we’ll explore practical tips to manage chronic conditions effectively, while navigating the challenges they present.

Table of Contents

Understanding Chronic Diseases 

Chronic diseases are long-term health conditions that usually progress slowly over time. These include heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis, among others. Managing these conditions involves a holistic approach that includes medical treatment, lifestyle changes, and support systems.

1. Educate Yourself About Your Condition 

Knowledge is power. Understand your condition, its symptoms, and how it affects your life. Dive deep into the specifics of your disease, learning about potential triggers, day-to-day management strategies, and long-term prognosis. Utilize reputable sources and patient education materials provided by healthcare professionals. Engaging in community workshops or webinars can also broaden your understanding and keep you informed about the latest developments in managing your condition. 

2. Follow Your Treatment Plan 

Knowledge is power. Understand your condition, its symptoms, and how it affects your life. Dive deep into the specifics of your disease, learning about potential triggers, day-to-day management strategies, and long-term prognosis. Utilize reputable sources and patient education materials provided by healthcare professionals. Engaging in community workshops or webinars can also broaden your understanding and keep you informed about the latest developments in managing your condition.

3. Lifestyle Modifications 

Implement healthy lifestyle choices such as a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and quitting smoking. The Heart Foundation offers great tips on living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

4. Regular Health Check-Ups 

Regular check-ups and screenings are crucial. Book an appointment through our Online Booking service for your routine checks.

5. Mental Health Matters 

Managing chronic illness can be taxing on your mental health. Seek support if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Our Mental Health Services can guide you.

6. Join Support Groups 

Connect with others who are also managing similar conditions. Websites like Beyond Blue provide forums and support networks.

7. Tailoring Your Environment for Better Health 

Creating an environment that supports your health goals is essential in chronic disease management. This might involve organizing your living space to encourage healthy habits, such as having a designated area for exercise or storing medications in an easily accessible location

8. Monitor Your Health Regularly 

Keep a close eye on your symptoms and any changes in your condition. Regular monitoring can help in early detection of any complications.

9. Stay Informed About New Treatments 

Medical research is always advancing. Stay updated with the latest in treatment options and discuss them with your healthcare provider. The Australian Medical Association is a reliable source for the latest medical news.

10. Manage Stress Effectively 

Chronic stress can exacerbate chronic diseases. Additionally, engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining social connections, and pursuing hobbies or activities that bring you joy can also contribute significantly to reducing stress levels. It’s important to recognize stress triggers and develop personalized coping strategies, such as deep breathing exercises or seeking professional counselling, to maintain a balanced mental state.

11. Get Vaccinated 

Stay up to date with vaccinations, as some chronic conditions can make you more susceptible to infections. The Australian Immunisation Register provides information on recommended vaccines. It’s crucial to consult with your healthcare provider to understand which vaccines are necessary for you, considering your specific chronic condition. Many vaccines offer protection against severe complications and can be a key part of your health maintenance strategy. Remember, prevention through vaccination is often easier and more effective than treatment, especially when managing a chronic disease.

12. Collaborating with Healthcare Professionals

A collaborative approach with healthcare professionals can significantly impact the management of chronic diseases. This includes regular communication with your doctors, pharmacists, and other health care providers.

13. Build a Healthcare Team 

Assemble a team of healthcare professionals who understand your unique needs. Our Meet Our Team page introduces you to our dedicated staff.

14. Medication Management 

Proper medication management is crucial. This includes understanding dosages, timing, and potential side effects. For guidance, consult our Pharmacy Services.

15. Embrace Telehealth Options 

Telehealth can be a convenient option for routine consultations and follow-ups. It allows for greater flexibility in managing your health care, especially when mobility or transportation is an issue. Telehealth services also enable quick access to medical advice, prescription management, and the ability to share health data in real-time with your doctor. This technology has proven particularly beneficial for continuous monitoring and for those living in remote areas where healthcare services are not readily accessible. 

16. Prioritize Good Sleep 

Adequate sleep is essential for overall health. Poor sleep can aggravate many chronic conditions. Establishing a regular sleep schedule, creating a restful environment, and avoiding stimulants like caffeine and electronics before bedtime can significantly improve sleep quality. If sleep issues persist, it may be necessary to consult with a sleep specialist. Remember, restorative sleep is a critical component in the healing process and in maintaining the body’s natural balance.

17. Build a Support Network 

Having a strong support network of family, friends, and fellow patients can provide emotional support and practical help. Engaging with others who understand your experiences can be incredibly validating and empowering. Support networks can also be a source of practical advice and tips on managing your condition, sharing resources, and coping strategies. Don’t underestimate the power of community; consider joining online forums, local support groups, or patient advocacy groups to broaden your support system.

18. Avoid Harmful Habits 

Habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can worsen chronic conditions. For instance, smoking has been linked to an increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year, with exposure to secondhand smoke causing an estimated 1.2 million deaths annually. Reducing or eliminating these habits is crucial for managing chronic diseases effectively.

19. Stay Socially Active 

Social engagement is crucial for mental health. Engaging in community activities or joining clubs can provide a sense of belonging and reduce the feeling of isolation.

20. Empowering Yourself Through Technology 

In the digital age, technology can be a powerful tool in managing chronic diseases. From apps that track your health metrics to online communities for support, leveraging technology can make disease management more efficient and effective. 

21. Utilize Health Apps 

There are numerous apps available that can help track your health, remind you to take medications, or even connect you with virtual support groups.

22. Stay Connected 

Use technology to stay in touch with your healthcare team, seek support, and access health information. Our website offers various resources to stay informed and connected.


Managing chronic disease is a journey that requires patience, knowledge, and the right support. At My Doctors Clinic Surfers Paradise, we’re dedicated to providing you with comprehensive care tailored to your needs. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for personalized assistance in managing your condition. Together, we can work towards a healthier, more vibrant life.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most effective way includes following your treatment plan, making lifestyle changes, and regular medical check-ups.

A balanced diet that is tailored to your specific health condition can make a significant difference.

Regular exercise can help manage many chronic conditions.

Setting realistic goals, celebrating small victories, and having a support system can help.

Yes, mental health plays a significant role.

Podiatrist Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke is a Podiatrist who specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of pain in the foot, ankle and lower limb. Paul has worked amongst multidisciplinary clinical settings including GP’s, Podiatric Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons & Specialists, Chronic disease specialists and Podiatrists who specialise in Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications. Paul is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Paul has a reputation for being particularly skilled and precise with a scalpel. His professional clinical interests include but are not limited to:

  • Toe nail surgeries (both PNA/TNA with matrix phenolisation). Toe and nail pathologies (Elongated nails, toe and nail deformity and fungal nail infections).
  • Achilles Tendonopathies (Trained in shockwave therapy). Heel pain (Plantar fasciitis, fat pad atrophy, nerve entrapment, apophysitis and osteochondrosis)
  • Ankle pathologies (Sprains, nerve impingements and tarsal coalitions)
  • Forefoot pathologies (Forefoot deformities/pain, Morton’s neuroma, bursitis, bunions and arthritis). Mid foot pathologies (Osteoarthritis and Tibial Post dysfunction/adult acquired flatfoot deformity)
  • Hip and lower back pain from mal foot alignment and tibial/femoral torsion
  • Paediatrics (Wart debridement, developmental growth milestones, orthotics, general assessments and deformities of the lower limb)
  • Diabetic assessments and education
  • Biomechanics and orthoses manufacturing and modifications (Custom and off the shelf devices and biomechanical assessments).


Paul Clarke forms a great asset to any multidisciplinary clinical team. Renowned for his kind and warm nature, Paul tends to build great rapport with patients and medical professionals alike.

Physiotherapist Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington Physiotherapist, B Ex Sc, M Phty Patrick has a strong interest for learning about the human body and educating on the best ways to ensure successful rehabilitation when injured.

Patrick graduated Griffith University with a Bachelor in Exercise Science, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy degree. With a background in competitive surf-lifesaving and swimming, he has a passion for treating and educating on injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system. Patrick approaches each individual patient by educating and empowering them, in order to achieve the best health outcomes possible.

Patrick’s professional interests include:

Musculoskeletal Injuries: Treating areas including shoulders, neck & lower back, ankles, hips, and wrists, by creating programs containing manual therapy and exercises to benefit each individual patient.

Cardiorespiratory Conditions: Education and use of a variety of breathing techniques, as well as walking programs to obtain the best health outcomes.

Neurological Conditions: Retraining of gait, developing muscle strength, and developing a specific program in order to restore deficits as much as possible.

Dietitian Kailey Henry

Kailey has a passion for food and learning how nutrients interact and influence the health of our bodies.
Kailey graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and has since been sharing her passion and expertise within the community through individual consultations and group education. Kailey takes a holistic and individualized approach to nutrition, with a focus on empowering each individual to make positive, lifelong lifestyle changes through achievable goals.

Kailey’s professional interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Paediatric nutrition and pregnancy/breastfeeding
  • Education & strategies for fussy eaters, faltering growth, meeting key nutrition recommendations for conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Chronic disease management
  • Nutritional management of diabetes, cholesterol health, cardiovascular disease, COPD, renal disease and liver disease.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Minimising abdominal discomfort, improving altered bowel habits, education on food choices for self-management.

Dr Day Hong Ma

Qualifications: Currently registered in the Medical Council of Australia as a Vocational Registered GP and Specialist General Surgeon. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery University of Adelaide, South Australia MBBS. Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and London Master degree in Skin Cancer Medicine in University of Queensland. Extensive experience in various aspects of General Practice. In the past I have been a Senior Lecturer of the University of Queensland and Assistant Professor of Bond University involving teaching medical students. I was a supervisor for the Royal Australasian College of General Practice, involved in training junior GP. I also trained many Overseas Trained Doctors. At the present time I am a GP with the following special interests : 1. Skin Cancers skin cancer checks with Mol Max and dermoscopy. I was awarded a Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy from the International Dermoscopy Society surgical excisions of complex skin cancers ( sun cancers and melanomas ) non surgical approach to some skin cancers and precancerous lesions such as Photo Dynamic Therapy and cautery and curettage. 2. Cosmetic Medicine This includes micro needling, platelet rich plasma, and injectables such as fillers and neuromuscular modulators. I have completed the training course under the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Australian Skin Skills Education and Training. Dr Ma also speaks Chinese Mandarin

Dr Greeshma Tummala

I am overseas trained GP and practiced for more than 5 years in India although completed AMC licensing exam here. In India, I have practiced in all aspects of general practice.

My areas of Interest are: Women’s Health, cervical cancer screening, Antenatal Care, Child Immunisations, Chronic Disease Management, Implanon Insertion and Removal, Mental Health, Pregnancy Counselling, Travel Vaccinations, Women’s Health, Medicinal Treatment.

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini

Qualifications: MBBS, AMC Certified, FRACGP, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Speaks: English, Balochi, Brahui, Hindi, and Urdu

Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a highly experienced General Practitioner (GP) / Family Medicine Physician with a distinguished career spanning over 20 years in the field of healthcare. Renowned for his profound knowledge, comprehensive and compassionate approach, Dr. Tariq Jamaldini ensures that every family member, from infants to seniors, receives the individualised care they deserve. With a strong commitment to promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of his patients, Dr. Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has solidified his reputation as a trusted healthcare professional in the community. His medical practice is built on a foundation of integrity, empathy, and a genuine desire to improve the lives of those he treats. Through his dedication to continues learning and clinical excellence, he has expertly diagnosed, treated, and managed a wide range of health conditions, placing him at the forefront of Family Medicine.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Tariq Jamaldini’s diverse expertise encompasses various areas of medicine, making him a well-rounded practitioner capable of addressing a wide range of patient needs. His dedication to improving the health and well-being of his patients continues to be the driving force behind his successful medical career. 

  • General Practice: Tariq Hayat Jamaldini is a trusted General Practitioner (GP) who focuses on providing a wide range of general medical services to patients of all ages. Whether you need preventive care, health assessments, or treatment for common illnesses, you can trust Dr. Jamaldini to deliver compassionate and personalized healthcare with his holistic approach.  
  • Cosmetic Medicine: Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini has been actively involved in performing cosmetic procedures since 2009. His interest in cosmetic medicine reflects his belief in the importance of helping patients look and feel their best. His expertise in cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, PRP injections, allows him to provide patients with safe and effective solutions to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence.
  • Skin Cancer: Tariq Jamaldini takes a proactive approach to skin cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. His comprehensive knowledge of skin cancer, coupled with his skill in performing screenings and providing treatment options, has saved many lives. 
  • Medicinal Prescriber: Tariq Jamaldini is a certified and authorized specialist prescriber for medicinal, helping patients manage chronic pain and various medical conditions with this alternative therapy. His thorough understanding of the medical benefits of ensures that patients receive the best possible care. 
  • Men’s Health: Tariq Jamaldini understands the unique healthcare needs of men and provides specialized services tailored to men’s health concerns. Whether its addressing issues related to prostate health, sexual health, hormonal imbalances, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculations, hair loss or overall wellness, Dr. Jamaldini is here to support men in their healthcare journey.
  • Opioid Dependence Treatment: Dr Tariq Jamaldini has been a licensed opioid prescriber with Queensland Opioid Treatment Program since 2013. During this time, he has successfully treated and stabilized a significant number of patients who were struggling with opioid dependency. If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of opioid addiction, Dr. Jamaldini provides compassionate and evidence-based treatment choices. His steady dedication is focused on assisting individuals in their journey to overcome addiction and reclaim their health and overall well-being.

Dr Tariq Hayat Jamaldini dedication to providing high-quality healthcare, combined with his multifaceted expertise, makes him a respected and valued member of the medical community. His patients appreciate his unwavering commitment to their well-being and the comprehensive care he provides across various medical disciplines.

Book an online appointment or call: 07 55922299

Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril

General Practitioner, Male, MBBS, AMC, Fellowship Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.Speaks Malayalam, and English  Dr Altaf Latif Ayyaril is a vocationally qualified and experienced General Practitioner from India having completed his Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India in 2002. He started his medical career in various medical facilities in Kerala, India. He moved to Australia in 2007 and commenced working at Alice Springs Hospital, NT. He has since worked in hospitals in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and commenced General Practice in 2016 in Kilcoy QLD followed by North Stradbroke Island and Beaudesert. He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners in 2021. Dr Altaf has special interests in Chronic Disease Management, Acute Management and Mental health amongst other areas of General Practice. He also performs skin cancer checks and minor skin procedures. Dr Altaf speaks Malayalam in addition to English.  

Areas of interest:

  • General Family Medicine
  • Mens health
  • Chronic disease management
  • Health assessments
  • Mental health
  • Skin cancer Checks
  • Minor surgical procedures.

Dr Paul Fisher

Diploma of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Dip RACOG) Dr.Fisher qualified as a Pharmacist before completing a medical degree at The University of Tasmania. After working in hospitals & General Practice in Tasmania & Queensland, He commenced work at My Doctors Clinic (formerly The Day & Night Medical Centre) 20 years ago. He is a Medical Officer in The Air Force Reserve & has worked as a Doctor for the Defence Department over the past 30 years. Paul is interested in all areas of General Practice with a special interest in Mental Health (He is a Doctor for Beyond Blue), Obstetrics (Maternity) & Diabetes.