In every walk of life, the most successful teams are those all working towards the same goal and a healthcare team is no different.
There are many ‘players’ that help make a successful healthcare team, all with different skillsets.
Your GP is the most important member of your team but beyond that, the rest is up to you and your personal needs.
Trust is the cornerstone of any solid, functioning relationship.
That’s why it is important to choose professionals you connect and feel comfortable with on a personal level.
This ensures you get the most out of your healthcare team.
Even though they are all essentially working for you, you may consider yourself the ‘coach’ of your team.
That means you need to talk openly and honestly with all your team members.
Encourage them to talk with each other to help facilitate the best possible outcomes which in this instance is your health.
The importance of building your healthcare team
Building your own trusted healthcare team gives you the opportunity to invest in and take ownership of your healthcare plan.
That’s important on several fronts.
Preventative health – every member of your healthcare team should acknowledge the importance of proactive healthcare and preventative measures.
By taking steps to safeguard your health before issues manifest, you significantly improve your odds of delaying or avoiding the onset of serious diseases.
Personalised treatment plans – patients achieve the best possible outcomes when they are treated by a range of medical professionals who work collaboratively toward the same goal.
Your healthcare team can tailor a pesonalised treatment plan to your individual needs.
Holistic care – the rise in popularity of holistic care embraces the notion that alternative and complementary medicines can sometimes be of equal or even greater value than traditional medicines.
Many GPs now acknowledge the importance of holistic care which looks at treating a patient as a whole.
It examines all facets of their being including mental and social factors, rather than simply examining the symptoms of an illness.
Choosing your healthcare team
General Practitioner (GP) – your GP may be seen as the ‘captain’ of your team.
They act as the fulcrum in your healthcare line-up. Your GP should seamlessly integrate with all other members of your team to deliver you the highest standard of medical care.
They may direct or refer you elsewhere within your team or suggest you enlist new team members when necessary.
Pharmacist – your pharmacist or chemist is an important player.
They are someone you can turn to for healthcare advice that doesn’t require a visit to your GP.
They also work with your GP to deliver your prescription medication.
Specialists – these are the heavy hitters in your team and will vary from patient to patient.
They may include a cardiologist, an endocrinologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT), a dermatologist or a gynaecologist.
They are the medical experts who handle your biggest and most specific health needs.
Your GP can help recommend one as required.
Allied Healthcare Professionals – these are the professionals who provide specialised care for every aspect of your health.
They may include a physiotherapist, a nutritionist, a speech pathologist or a podiatrist.
Mental Healthcare Professionals – mental health is the most common health condition treated by GPs in Australia. That’s why we want to draw attention to it, even though technically, a psychiatrist is a specialist and a psychologist is an allied healthcare professional.
You may also enlist the services of a professional counsellor.
The point is that mental health is linked closely with other facets of your wellbeing.
Hence any mental healthcare professionals should work closely with other members of your team.
Getting the most out of your healthcare team
So you’ve assembled your healthcare ‘dream team’.
But as coach of your team, it’s still up to you and in your best interests to ensure you are getting the most out of everyone on your team.
To do that, you need:
Open communication – don’t keep secrets. Ensure everyone is on the same page and fully updated on your latest health status.
Facilitate collaboration – encourage and help facilitate collaboration between all members of your team by insisting they share your personal healthcare records. Take the drivers’ seat and make sure all members of your team understand you support the full disclosure of information in the best interests of your health.
Active participation – don’t be passive. Take a proactive role in your healthcare plan. That means asking questions, expressing concerns and following recommended courses of action.
Follow-up appointments – these are vital to ensure your team maximises its potential. Maintain follow-up appointments with different members of your team to ensure your ongoing healthcare management is maximising its potential.
Book an appointment with a doctor in Seaford
The first step towards building your own personal healthcare team starts by making an appointment with your GP.
Talk to your GP about your desire to assemble a personal healthcare team and ask them about any specialists or allied healthcare professionals you need that they recommend.
At AHA Clinics, doctors are well versed in facilitating comprehensive patient-centric, collaborative healthcare plans.
They are committed to helping you build a dynamic team of professionals who work harmoniously in your best interests.
When it comes to your health, taking the lead and being proactive is one of the most sensible decisions you can make.
It ensures you regularly benefit from the latest preventative healthcare measures and gives you the very best chance of a long, happy and healthy life.
Start building your healthcare team today!
Book an appointment here today at either our Seaford Road Day and Night Clinic or our Seaford Meadows Day and Night Clinic.