Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) are an example of the sort of innovation required in clinical practice to better manage and treat chronic and lifestyle-related conditions, along with a host of other applications.

SMAs, also known as Group Consultations, are defined as “a series of consecutive individual medical consultations in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.” This process provides each patient with an individual consultation (as per normal), but with the additional benefit of peer-support and group education. Patients and practitioners alike rate the new process as highly enjoyable and both cost and time effective.

ASLM has been leading the development of SMAs as an innovative clinical process for some years now, having piloted SMAs initially in partnership with the RACGP, and more recently in partnership with a number of Primary Health Networks with specific programs for type 2 diabetes, overweight & obesity, chronic pain and smoking cessation (Programmed SMAs or pSMAs) and for general chronic disease management as before.

Most recently, the need to maintain continuity of care for patients with chronic conditions during the coronavirus pandemic has seen ‘Virtual SMAs’ (vSMAs) successfully trialled. In conjunction with the rapid increase in the availability of Telehealth items via the MBS, there is no better time to find out more about conducting SMAs, vSMAs and programmed SMAs (pSMAs) in your practice.

This MJA Insight article by Prof Garry Egger, A/Prof John Stevens, Dr Kean-Seng Lim and Christine Tuuetoka, discusses in more detail the introduction of online SMAs in response to COVID-19.

This webinar was held live on Thursday 7 May 2020 and provided an insight into the role of SMAs, pSMAs, and virtual SMAs in chronic disease management and care. Join Prof Garry Egger, A/Prof John Stevens and healthcare practitioners who are implementing these in their clinic practice and find out more.

Prof Garry Egger
Prof Garry Egger
A/Prof John Stevens
A/Prof John Stevens

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