ADS NDSS Projects


The following Australian Diabetes Society projects are funded under the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) for 2017/18. The National Diabetes Services Scheme is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.

Activity 1:  ONGOING MANAGEMENT OF TOOLS TO IMPROVE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
Continuation of the 2016-17 Type 2 Diabetes Blood Glucose Algorithm Project to ensure that ongoing updates of the BG Algorithm and website are conducted and that health professionals are made aware of these updates as they occur.

Activity 2:  SCOPING ACTIVITY FOR NATIONAL DIABETES CARE CURRICULUM FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
This is a scoping exercise to work towards the development of a curriculum for diabetes care that aligns with nationally endorsed evidence based guidelines that can be utlised by all health professionals.

Activity 3:  NATIONAL CLINICAL PATHWAYS
To review existing diabetes clinical pathways and develop tools to guide assessment, treatment and care. Implementation and evaluation of the pathways would be assessed in year 2 and 3 of this activity.

Activity 4:  DIABETES CARE MODELS
To map existing diabetes services across Australia and undertake a review of successful linkage models between smaller, community and rural and remote centres and tertiary and/or specialist diabetes services.  The development of recommendations on a range of integrative models that can be implemented and possible funding models. Implementation and evaluation of pilot projects would be undertaken in year 2 and 3 of this activity.

Activity 5:  NATIONAL HIGH RISK FOOT NETWORK
To map existing High Risk Foot Services and implement National Standards for High Risk Foot Services that would then facilitate a national coordinated process for reducing the mortality and morbidity of diabetes-related foot disease in Australia. This activity will need to involve implementation and evaluation of the project over 3 years.

Activity 6: DIABETES EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
To facilitate and conduct diabetes related educational programs through practical workshops and deliver these to trainees, specialists and other interested health professionals.

Activity 7:  MESAC
To conduct appropriate review of product and program activities under the NDSS.

Enhancing Your Consulting Skills - Supporting self-management and optimising mental health in people with type 1 diabetes

Support by health professionals to help people with type 1 diabetes to optimise both their diabetes self-management and their mental health is critical, but the skills involved are not necessarily intuitive. Although there is evidence that these skills can be defined and acquired, just as in any other area of clinical expertise, there have been few resources available in Australia to help health professionals develop the required expertise. The training resource “Enhancing Your Consulting Skills: Supporting Self-Management and Optimising Mental Health in People with Type 1 diabetes” has been created to help meet this educational need. It has been specifically developed for advanced trainees in adult endocrinology in Australia, but will also be a helpful reference for their supervisors and other interested health professionals involved in diabetes care.

The development of this resource has been a combined initiative of the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and Diabetes Australia (DA). The lead author, Dr Jennifer Conn, is a member of the ADS Council and is Chair of its Health Professional Education Committee. Other major contributors have been Dr Christel Hendrieckx (clinical psychologist) and Dr Carol Silberberg (liaison psychiatrist).

It is now available in electronic format through the ADS website at: [http://diabetessociety.com.au/download-request.asp]. It can be downloaded free of charge for individual use. Please Note that you will be required to submit a request for download and obtain your password prior to receiving the download link. Hard copies of the resource are available from the ADS Secretariat.

For further information, please contact the ADS Secretariat (02) 9256 5462

Citation:

Conn JJ, Silberberg CL, Henrieckx C, Nankervis AJ, Cheung NW, Jenkins AJ, on behalf of the Australian Diabetes Society. Enhancing your consulting skills - supporting self-management and optimising mental health in people with type 1 diabetes. Canberra: National Diabetes Services Scheme; 2014.