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Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Consulting Service (MACS)

Are you living with multiple chronic diseases?

Living with chronic disease can be challenging. Some examples of chronic disease are:

  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • heart failure
  • arthritis
  • lung diseases, like asthma or emphysema.

Often, these conditions are the ones that you need to manage for the rest of your life so it is important that you maintain your independence and stay as healthy as possible.

What is MACS?

The Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Consulting Service (MACS) operates chronic disease management clinics across central and northern Adelaide.

MACS aims to provide a responsive, multidisciplinary and person centred, chronic disease management service to people with multiple chronic and complex conditions.

MACS works in partnership with the referring general practitioner (GP) to provide coordinated care for patients that ensures optimal health outcomes and reduces hospital admissions.

The clinics are located in community settings to improve access for patients and enhance links to GPs and community based services.

The MACS team includes senior doctors (consultants and senior registrars) who specialise in different areas of medicine, a registered nurse, a chronic heart failure nurse and a pharmacist.

MACS clinic locations

The clinics operate across central and northern Adelaide and accept referrals from GPs and specialists.

Clinics are held at the following locations:

Please phone (08) 8222 2763 for clinic times.

Being referred to a MACS clinic

Talk to your GP or specialist to see if you are eligible to attend a MACS clinic.

For more information on the MACS clinic, including what you need to bring and what will happen during your appointment please read the MACS clinic brochure (PDF 2MB).

How the clinic can benefit you

The Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Consulting Service (MACS) is a clinic that can provide you with access to a team of health care professionals who will work through your health concerns and problems with you.

The team of health care professionals may include senior doctors (consultants and senior registrars) who specialise in different areas of medicine, a registered nurse, specialist nurses, and a pharmacist.

The team will assess your needs and, in consultation with you and your general practitioner (GP), they will develop a management plan.

By attending the clinic you will benefit from:

  • understanding more about managing your condition
  • understanding more about the medications you take
  • knowing how to manager yourself if your symptoms get worse
  • knowing when to see your GP if symptoms get worse
  • knowing more about your illness.

The aim is to keep you well, improve your quality of life and keep you out of hospital.

How it benefits your patient

Patients benefit from a multidisciplinary team care which can provide medication optimisation, disease management education, goal setting and home medicine reviews.

MACS clinics provide a single point of contact for patients, in addition to shared care and support for GPs.

Do you have patients that can be referred to a MACS clinic?

The MACS clinics are most suitable for patients with:

  • two or more chronic medical diseases (eg CHF, IHD, DM, COPD)
  • complex pharmacotherapy and medication optimisation needs
  • frequent hospital presentations.

This service may not be appropriate for patients living within nursing homes.

For referral contact details or more information on the MACS clinic please phone (08) 8222 2763 or read the MACS clinic brochure (PDF 1MB).

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