Support Programs – online education and self-management programs
Development of a comprehensive online education and self-management program will allow education and support to cross the wide geographical boundaries that can exist within Australia. An online program will allow people living with autoimmune illness and their carers, family and friends to access learning modules that discuss specific autoimmune illnesses and symptom management in the comfort of their home or health management centre at a convenient time and without the extra burden of travel to a formal seminar or self-management workshop. The modules will be developed with the aid of specialist technology and with evidence based content to provide an adjunct to the medical management that is being received. The development and implementation of this online learning system is a vital link in supportive care for people living in rural and remote areas or those that have difficulty attending face-to-face education sessions.