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Potential Unification with Diabetes Australia: a national conversation
ADS has been a member organisation of Diabetes Australia since the 1980s along with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), Diabetes NSW & ACT, Diabetes Queensland, Diabetes Victoria, Diabetes Tasmania, and the Kellion Diabetes Foundation. Recently, some of these members (Diabetes QLD, Diabetes NSW/ACT) formally asked Diabetes Australia to consider unification with their members, if and when their members choose to unify. To enable this, Diabetes Australia  s members voted unanimously to approve a proposed change to Diabetes Australia  s constitution. The change also allows for other member organisations to consider unifying. Several member organisations are now having a conversation with their members about the possibility of unifying. ADS is actively participating in this national conversation with ADS members, the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and Diabetes Australia.

More information please download our FAQ. We ask ADS members to send any enquiries regarding the potential unification with Diabetes Australia to the ADS CEO; A/Professor Sof Andrikopoulos via email to ceo@diabetessociety.com.au 


Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA)

We’re excited to share with you that Diabetic Foot Australia is now Diabetes Feet Australia!

As DFA has grown, our vision and objectives have remained consistent. But we also recognised the need to evolve our branding to better reflect who we are now, and what we represent as an organisation into the future. Since joining the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) as a division in 2018, our goal has been to align with the ADS branding, whilst still retaining DFA’s most recognisable logo icons.

We may have changed our name, but our purpose to end avoidable amputations within a generation remains the same. You can read more about our re-brand at https://www.diabetesfeetaustralia.org/rebrand/  


Webinars You May Have Missed

In our continuing effort to provide the latest education about diabetes, including clinical outcomes, we have created CONFERENCE CONNECT which provides access to live events from international symposiums, medical expert interviews and panel discussions covering highly anticipated study announcement and reviews on the latest research.

 

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COVIDSafe Information


COVIDSafe App
When you download the COVIDSafe app, you’re taking an important step to protect yourself, your friends and family against coronavirus, with your information and privacy strictly protected.

Learn more: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app

Updates on Diabetes & COVID-19 from the Australian Diabetes Society

Please visit the ADS website page https://diabetessociety.com.au/covid-19-updates.asp for the latest information regarding Diabetes & COVID-19 for health professionals.

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.

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.


Important changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme efective as of 1 March 2020

Find out more about changes to NDSS products and services.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Initiative: FreeStyle Libre added and eligibility criteria streamlined from 1 March 2020

Updated 24 February 2020

FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM)

The Australian Government is including the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM) system on the list of products subsidised through the CGM Initiative as part of the NDSS. All products provided under the CGM Initiative will continue to be fully subsidised with no co-payment.

From 1 March 2020, FreeStyle Libre sensors will be available to all people who are eligible to access products through the CGM Initiative. This includes:

  • Children and young people aged under 21 years with type 1 diabetes;
  • Women with type 1 diabetes who are actively planning pregnancy, pregnant, or immediately post pregnancy;
  • Children and young people under 21 years with conditions very similar to type 1 diabetes who require insulin; and
  • People with type 1 diabetes, aged 21 years or older, who have a valid concessional status. 

How do I activate the FreeStyle Libre sensor?

To activate the FreeStyle Libre sensor, participants in the CGM Initiative can either:

OR

  • order a free FreeStyle Libre Reader by calling the product manufacturer directly via the Abbott Diabetes Care Helpline on 1800 801 478, rather than through NDSS Access Points.

Updated Continuous and Flash Glucose Monitoring Eligibility Assessment forms will be available from 24 February 2020.

You will need to wait for the new application forms to submit your application for FreeStyle Libre.

Eligibility criteria streamlined

The Australian Government is streamlining the eligibility criteria to access subsidised products through the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) Initiative.

From 1 March 2020, people aged 21 years or older with type 1 diabetes, with valid concessional status, will no longer need to demonstrate ‘high clinical need’ to access subsidised products from the CGM initiative.

Updated Continuous and Flash Glucose Monitoring Eligibility Assessment forms for people aged 21 years or older with type 1 diabetes, with valid concessional status, will be available from 24 February 2020.

You will need to wait for the new application form to submit an application for continuous flash and glucose monitoring under the streamlined eligibility criteria—starting 1 March 2020.

There are no other changes to eligibility criteria for other eligibility groups within the CGM Initiative.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have any questions about the changes to the CGM Initiative from 1 March 2020. Read our frequently asked questions here:



Expanded access to Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) subsidies from 1 March 2019
On 25 November 2018, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced that the Australian Government would commit more than $100 million in additional funding to expand the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative.

Since 1 April 2017, the CGM Initiative has provided fully subsidised CGM products to children and young people under 21 years of age, with type 1 diabetes.

From 1 March 2019, the eligibility for access to this initiative was expanded to provide fully subsidised CGM products to the following groups of people:

  • children and young people with conditions very similar to type 1 diabetes, such as cystic fibrosis related diabetes and neonatal diabetes, who require insulin;
  • women with type 1 diabetes who are actively planning pregnancy, pregnant, or immediately post-pregnancy; and
  • people with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years or older who have concessional status, and have a high clinical need to access CGM products.

The Government also announced its intention to include the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system on the list of products subsidised under the scheme, subject to price negotiations with the product sponsor. 

As a result of the Government’s additional funding for this program, over 37,000 Australians will be eligible to receive fully subsidised CGM products.

The detailed eligibility criteria for the expanded CGM Initiative, and application forms, are available via the National Diabetes Services Scheme NDSS website


Diabetc Foot Australia (DFA)

Diabetic Foot Australia is moving to the Australian Diabetes Society

We are delighted to announce that with the conclusion of the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (Wound CRC) this month, the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) will take Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) into its stable of national diabetes clinical and research programs from the 1st July 2018. Read Media Release (Posted 20 June 2018).

Launched by the Wound CRC in 2015, Diabetic Foot Australia has since become the national multi-disciplinary advocacy body for the prevention, care and research of this prevalant disease. We thank the Wound CRC for their vision, support and investment in establishing DFA and continuing in partnership with Wound Innovations as the Wound CRC's successor.

DFA look forward to working with Dr Sof Andikopoulos and his expert team at ADS in accelerating DFA's work and Australia's progression to ending avoidable amputations in a generation. By combining the well-established reputation of ADS as the peak national diabetes body for scientific and medical sectors, with our engaged national diabetic foot community, we can drive further colloborations, research, education and most importantly, advocacy for patients.

For further exciting DFA activities to be released soon, please visit the DFA website at www.diabeticfootaustralia.org


Subsidised Continuous Glucose Monitoring for Young Australians

From 1 April 2017, the Australian Government will provide fully subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products to eligible children and young people aged under 21 years with type 1 diabetes.

Children and young people who experience significant challenges in managing their blood glucose levels, particularly those who have difficulty identifying symptoms of hypoglycaemia, will benefit the most from CGM technology.

This initiative allows families and children to better self-manage their blood glucose levels, reducing visits to emergency departments and missed school days.

Continuous glucose monitors will alert users or their parents/carers if glucose levels are getting too low or too high without the need for continuous finger prick tests, reducing stress and anxiety for the child and young person and their family.

To be eligible, the child or young person will need to be assessed by an authorised health professional to determine if they meet specific criteria and to ensure that the use of CGM is a suitable part of their diabetes management plan.

The authorised health professionals for CGM assessment are endocrinologists, credentialled diabetes educators, and other health professionals specialising in diabetes (physicians, paediatricians or nurse practitioners).

An expert CGM Advisory Group, including endocrinologists, credentialed diabetes educators, consumer experts and other diabetes stakeholder groups, has advised that the best clinical outcomes are achieved when CGM is used as part of an ongoing diabetes management plan. Authorised health professionals will also play a key role in assisting in the set up and operation of CGM devices for eligible children and young people not currently using CGM.

The Continuous Glucose Monitoring Eligibility Assessment form is available at www.ndss.com.au/cgm.

Further information about access to CGM products through the NDSS, please visit www.health.gov.au/ndss-cgm. You can also call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588. Download the CGM Flow Chart for Health Professionals - PDF


Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN)

The Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN) is an initiative of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) supported by the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) to build long term clinical research capacity in Australia for people with diabetes.

ADDN has established Australia’s first national clinical research diabetes database, collecting clinical information from people with type 1 diabetes and connecting the data on an integrated, secure, custom-built platform. This rich data resource includes national-level information about type 1 diabetes, available to researchers within strict ethical and governance boundaries.

The database currently contains clinical data from children and adolescents with diabetes from seven specialist paediatric public tertiary centres across Australia. With planned expansion to adult centres, ADDN will extend its data capture and provide richer and more complete information about the natural history, clinical progression and most effective treatment regimens for all people living with type 1 diabetes.

For more information, visit the ADDN website at http://www.addn.org.au/


2020 ADS Membership

The 2020 Australian Diabetes Society Membership Fee Renewals are now overdue. Please ensure that the ADS Secretariat has all the correct mailing and contact details, particularly email addresses, as we rely on these to maintain contact with you and keep you informed of ADS activities. The 2020 ADS Subscription period is from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. Please contact the ADS secretariat at admin@diabetessociety.com.au for membership enquiries.


Enhancing Your Consulting Skills - available for download online

“Enhancing Your Consulting Skills: Supporting self-management and optimising mental health in people with type 1 diabetes” is designed for trainees in Adult Endocrinology, their supervisors and other interested health professionals. The resource includes topics such as information giving, health literacy, facilitating practical skills acquisition, and promoting behaviour change. It also explores the emotional, psychological and psychiatric issues that can impact on the quality of life of people with type 1 diabetes.

 

“Enhancing Your Consulting Skills” was developed by the Australian Diabetes Society for the National Diabetes Services Scheme. 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.



Important Information regarding changes to the National Diabetes Servcies Scheme (NDSS)

From 1 July 2016 some important changes are happening to the National Diabetes services Scheme (NDSS). There are no changes to the types of products available under the NDSS, but the way people access these products may change. People will still be able to access NDSS products through their local participating community pharmacy access point. In fact the Federal Government wants to extend the number of community pharmacies that provide NDSS products to make it more convenient for people with diabetes. NDSS products will no longer be available through Diabetes Australia (DA) or state and territory diabetes organisations. This means people will no longer be able to order products via the Diabetes Australia shops, the NDSS 1300 number or via the website. Diabetes Australia and state and territory diabetes organisations will instead focus efforts on continuing to provide education services for people with diabetes. There will be no changes to NDSS education services funded by the Government - in fact the Government will be increasing funding to expand education and support available to people with diabetes. Community Pharmacies have made up more than 90% of all NDSS access points in Australia for over ten years, so people can be confident that if they have not accessed pharmacy before for this, they will receive a high level of service.

Please visit the Department of Health website for the latest updates or click here to read the NDSS Frequently Asked Questions.


Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-20

The Australian Government has developed and released a new National Diabetes Strategy to update and priorities the national response to diabetes across all levels of government. The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020 (the Strategy) is a high-level document that contains a number of goals and potential areas for action that provide a range of ideas for implementation to achieve each goal. This presents a range of opportunities for jurisdictions to partner with the Commonwealth to develop and support approaches for diabetes prevention and control. The Strategy was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) on 2 October 2015, noted by the COAG Health Council on 6 November 2015, and publically released 13 November 2015. An implementation plan will be developed in consultation with jurisdictions through AHMAC to consider the ways to direct funding and other resources and proposed measures to evaluate the progress of the Strategy. Engagement and support from jurisdictions will facilitate a coordinated approach to diabetes across governments and ensure there is broad benefit from the Strategy. The Strategy has been informed by the expert advice of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group and consultations with key stakeholders and the community. The Australian Government provides support to people with diabetes through Medicare and a range of programs and this new Strategy will not replace or override existing processes. This Strategy aims to better coordinate health resources across the sector to where they are needed most. The Australian National Diabetes Strategy document is available from the Department of Health's website at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/nds-2016-2020 Media Release Statement by Health Minister; the Hon Sussan Ley MP on Australia delivers new National Diabetes Strategy on World Diabetes Day


The Australian Diabetes Society endorses Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports

 

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports is a unique, open access resource that publishes and links together case reports, enabling practitioners to communicate findings, share knowledge and convey medical experiences efficiently and effectively; furthering both medical education and clinical practice. The search and browse functionality enables fluid navigation between case reports, facilitating discovery, connections and comparisons; making it the go-to resource across all the many disciplines intersecting with endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Members of the Australian Diabetes Society receive a 25% discount on the open access publishing charge when publishing case reports in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports (submit online via www.edmcasereports.com).

Please click on the PDF link to download and view the member flyer - PDF


Updated Medical Standards from 1 October 2016

While many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive is an important consideration. Drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not unduly increase their crash risk. Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities. The standards are approved by Commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers. In October 2016, new medical standards come into effect for drivers of private and commercial vehicles. The NTC website provides information for health professionals, employers, heavy vehicle drivers, commercial drivers and private vehicle drivers. Please click on the link to download the free electronic pdf version at https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-G56-16