What the Australian Diabetes Society is actively working on during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ADS has worked on a number of issues that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we have communicated these over the past few weeks.  Below are issues that we are advocating and working on currently.  If you would like to contribute or have any further issues we should be addressing, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at admin@diabetessociety.com.au

  • advocating for driver's licence renewals to be extended for 6-months
  • advocating for blood glucose test strips access for people with type 2 diabetes to be extended for 6 months
  • we have written to the Department of Health to provide better remuneration for telephone/telehealth services, particularly for extended consultations that involve diabetes and other comorbidities
  • the Australasian Diabetes Congress (ADC) is now postponed to later in 2020
  • we have together with ADIPS provided guidance on GDM diagnosis and care for women during and after pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • we have together with Diabetic Foot Australia prepared guidance on the management of diabetic foot disease during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • we have prepared the 'ADS Guide for Telehealth during COVID-19' as responses received from the ADS COVID-19 Survey highlighted that telehealth is a concern for ADS members 
  • we have organised a webinar series targeting early career researchers with the help of Dr Melkam Kebede from the Charles Perkins Centre.

Updates on Diabetes & COVID-19

COVID-19 resources for Diabetes Health Professionals

Follow-up survey on COVID-19 and diabetes in Australia (1 June, 2020)

This is a follow-up survey to assist us to better understand what support we can provide as we begin to emerge from this crisis. We know times have been really tough and we recognise that workloads, the type of work and way you work may have changed and we wish to understand how this will impact your practice moving forward. Thank you for your time, your responses will help us to support our members. To participate in the follow-up survey on COVID-19 and diabetes in Australia please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/adscovid2    

Australian Clinical Guide for using telehealth for people with diabetes-related foot disease during the COVID-19 pandemic (14 May, 2020)

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians around the world are being asked to use telehealth consultations to replace face-to-face consultations. Yet, using telehealth to care for a person with diabetes-related foot disease (DFD) can be quite a challenge, as care typically requires multidisciplinary care, including counselling, physical assessment and physical therapy. Thus, not all face-to-face care can be replaced by telehealth. But some aspects of DFD care may be replaced as the primary benefit of telehealth allows access to health professional advice where mobility, location and COVID-19 restrictions are problematic. ADS and DFA have developed the following guide to help Australian clinicians who are considering using telehealth as an alternative service type to augment the care of their patients with DFD during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is designed to support clinicians to consider key DFD elements to determine the suitability, preparation, consultation and documentation needed to help ensure an effective telehealth consultation. This guide is focused on the DFD aspects of the telehealth consultation and should be used in conjunction with the ADS telehealth guide. Please download the PDF: https://www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/Australian-Clinical-Guide-for-Telehealth-V1.0-14.05.20.pdf

Revised ADIPS/ADS/DA/ADEA Joint Statement on GDM Diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic (7 May, 2020)

The Australasian Diabetes In Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) together with the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), Diabetes Australia (DA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) has been developed to guide health professionals with the diagnosis of gestational diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that these guidelines will be updated from time to time as the pandemic situation changes so please check for updates regularly. Note, the latest update has a revised version of the flowchart to include postnatal testing. Please download the revised Diagnostic testing for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) during the COVID-19 pandemic: Antenatal and postnatal testing advice 

Updated ADIPS/ADS/DA/ADEA Joint Statement on GDM Diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic (30 April, 2020)

The Australasian Diabetes In Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) together with the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), Diabetes Australia (DA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) has been developed to guide health professionals with the diagnosis of gestational diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that these guidelines will be updated from time to time as the pandemic situation changes so please check for updates regularly. Please download the Updated Diagnostic testing for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) during the COVID-19 pandemic: Antenatal and postnatal testing advice 

ADS Telehealth Guide During COVID-19 (23 April, 2020)

The ADS Telehealth guide during COVID-19 is a companion to the webinar presented by A/Prof Anthony Russell on Setting up and conducting telephone/telehealth > services for diabetes during COVID-19 - the webinar can be viewed at:  https://conferenceconnect.tv/ads/live-stream/ 

Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19 (23 April, 2020)

Please download the International article on 'Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19' published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal.

Australian Clinical Triage Guide for People with Diabetes-related Foot Disease during COVID-19 Pandemic (8 April, 2020)

The Australian Clinical Triage Guide for People with Diabetes-related Foot Disease during the COVID-19 Pandemic is to help Australian clinicians who are triaging and caring for people with Diabetes-related Foot Disease (DFD) during the escalating COVID-19 situation. This guide is designed to support iHRFS and DFD clinicians, as well as primary care providers and community podiatry, on suggested acceptable alternative processes of care provision. They include considerations for service type and frequency according to factors such as the patient's limb and/or life threatening status, local staffing and resource availability, as well as for minimising risk of COVID-19 infection. Please download the Australian Clinical Triage Guide for People with Diabetes-related Foot Disease during COVID-19 Pandemic

ADIPS/ADS/DA/ADEA Joint Statement on GDM Diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic (7 April, 2020)

The Australasian Diabetes In Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) together with the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), Diabetes Australia (DA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) have issued a joint statement to guide health professionals with the diagnosis of gestational diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please download the Diagnostic Testing for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) during the COVID-19 pandemic: Antenatal and postnatal testing advice

ADS Guide for the Management of Diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic (2 April, 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the focus of clinical services. This impacts diabetes care at tertiary, secondary and primary care levels. Indeed, we have a responsibility to ensure that critical diabetes care continues, with the aim being to minimise the burden on the hospital system as well as to ensure that long-term glycaemic control for people with diabetes continues and complications are prevented. Please download the ADS Guide for the Management of Diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic

ADS Survey about COVID-19 and Effects on Diabetes Health Professionals (1 April, 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted diabetes services at all levels and the way that diabetes management is delivered.  The ADS would like to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you.  This will help us with our advocacy efforts with both State and Federal Governments as well as how best the Society can support you. To participate in the ADS COVID-19 survey please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/covid19ads

Updated ADS Communique regarding diabetes and COVID-19 (29 March, 2020)

The ADS has updated the communique regarding diabetes and COVID-19 with respect to information on SGLT2i and ACEi/ARB medications as well as informing new restrictions regarding insulin pump consumables and reservoirs. Please download the full letter from ADS President.

Important Information About Diabetes and COVID-19 (25 March, 2020)

Please download flyer for further important information regarding Diabetes and COVID-19

Updated ADS Communique regarding diabetes and COVID-19 (21 March, 2020)

The ADS has updated the communique regarding diabetes and COVID-19 with respect to medication usage advice, medication supplies and medical device technology supplies. Please download the full letter from ADS President

ADS Communique for Health Professionals regarding diabetes and COVID-19 (18 March, 2020)

In light of the coronavirus pandemic the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) is keen to keep health professionals abreast of the latest information to assist with looking after people with diabetes. The ADS acknowledges that diabetes health professionals are facing significant challenges in the delivery of safe and appropriate health care to people with diabetes in both the public and private sectors. Challenges include significant reductions in available staffing due to self-isolation requirements, re-deployment to other areas, other intercurrent illnesses and possible actual infection by COVID-19. We also acknowledge that there will be changes to the delivery of diabetes education in group settings, reduction in face-to-face diabetes care delivery in ambulatory care centres and outpatient clinics. There will also be changes to settings required for direct contact in situations such as emergency diabetes management, insulin commencement, high risk foot services, diabetes in pregnancy and inpatient diabetes care. There will also be reductions and changes in the availability of interpreter services, increased reliance on telehealth/telephone services and variations in technology access for patients. As expected, there are high levels of anxiety in the diabetes community, especially those with type 1 diabetes or with children with type 1 diabetes and we are working with Diabetes Australia on this and related matters. Please download the letter for further information 

COVID-19 resources for People with Diabetes

Managing Worry about COVID-19 and Diabetes (2 April, 2020)

We know things might be a little scary and uncertain at the moment. Your experience of living with diabetes, and the stresses and uncertainties it brings, means you are likely to be better prepared to cope with this situation than most people. If you find yourself worrying, it might help to focus on the things that you can control in your life. For further information please read fact sheet on Managing worry about COVID-19 and diabetes

A message to the diabetes community (25 March, 2020)

Please read an important diabetes alliance statement from DA, ADS, APEG, ADEA, JDRF

COVID-19 and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) (23 March, 2020)

We recognise that people with diabetes and their families may be concerned about their risk, and also the availability of their diabetes medicines and NDSS products and supplies. Most people are continuing to order and receive their NDSS products and diabetes medicines as usual. This ensures enough products are available for everyone. For the latest information on COVID-19 and the NDSS, please visit the NDSS website at ndss.com.au/coronavirus-covid-19-information/. If you need a bit of extra support, or if you are struggling with your diabetes management during this time, please don’t hesitate to call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 to speak to a health professional.

Don't Stockpile - Consumer Advisory from Australian Diabetes Society (23 March, 2020)

The Australian Department of Health has made an official statement clarifying there are no current shortages of insulin or other diabetes-related products and medicines. Unfortunately, there has been a surge in the number of people stockpiling insulin and other diabetes-related products and medicines. Stockpiling can create local shortages. Please help us stop stockpiling by sharing this post. If you do experience any issues please contact the NDSS with details so it can be investigated. You can contact the NDSS on 1800 637 700. Read the statement provided by the TGA

Webinars for Diabetes Health Professionals

In order to provide up-to-date education and support about management of diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) will be producing a series of video interviews and livestream events. For further information regarding the live webinars please visit the ADS website page at https://diabetessociety.com.au/latest-news-and-updates.asp 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website https://www.health.gov.au/ for the latest news and developments on the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVIDSafe app 

COVIDSafe is a new tool to help speed up how we notify people exposed to COVID-19 so the health system can protect you, your family and friends. Please visit the Australian Government Departemnt of Health website at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app for further information regarding the COVIDSafe app.

COVID-19 Information for workplaces

Please visit the Safe Work Australia website at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces for information on COVID-19 and work health and safety for workplaces.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control training

Please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training/ to register for the 30-minute online training module for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection and control for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 and the NDSS

Please visit the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) website at https://www.ndss.com.au/coronavirus-covid-19-information/ for the latest information for health professionals and consumers relating to NDSS products and diabetes medicines.

Important information for people with diabetes

Please visit the Diabetes Australia website at https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/coronavirus/ for the latest information for people with diabetes.

Managing Foot Disease in the COVID-19 Crisis

Please visit the Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) website at https://www.diabeticfootaustralia.org/dfd-and-covid19/ for further information and resources on diabetes related foot disease and COVID-19. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information on medicines and medical devices

Please visit the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) website at https://www.tga.gov.au/behind-news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-medicines-and-medical-devices on information relating to COVID-19 and therapeutic goods in Australia. 

Caring for people with COVID-19

Please visit the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce at https://covid19evidence.net.au/at that provides support to Australia's healthcare professionals with continually updated, evidence-based clinical guidelines.