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Diabetes SA supports healthcare professionals to deliver evidence-based best practice care with a person-centred focus.

The management of diabetes is complex and ever evolving.

To support health professionals and allied health professionals, Diabetes SA offers a range of programs to develop knowledge and confidence in working with diabetes.

The disturbing rise in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes and the increasing complexity of the management of the condition puts extra emphasis on the need to keep up with the latest research findings, treatments and technology.

Diabetes Update for health professionals

Who is this programme for? Health professionals, particularly those working in primary health care. If you would like to make sure you are up to date with the latest information on diabetes care and management, then book your place today.

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Carbohydrate Counting for Health Professionals

Diabetes SA would like to invite you to attend a workshop designed to provide practical skills and knowledge of carbohydrate counting and how to apply these new skills to clients. Book your place today.

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Management of Diabetes in Schools

Diabetes SA offers a specialised workshop to support staff working in schools and early childhood settings caring for young people with diabetes.

The workshop provides an opportunity for enhancing staff knowledge and increasing confidence in supporting the day-to-day experience of young people with type 1 diabetes.

Education & support

Diabetes SA employs a number of credentialled diabetes educators and accredited practising dietitians who work in the priority areas of mental health, aged care, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities, young people with diabetes and pregnancy and diabetes.

We offer education sessions and support for healthcare professionals and support workers caring for people identified as belonging to these priority groups.

Please contact 1300 198 204 for further information.

Mental Health Practitioners Network

Diabetes SA hosts quarterly network meetings for health professionals interested in diabetes and mental health.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) supports over 350 practitioner networks across Australia, including a number of specialised diabetes and mental health networks. 

MHPN’s networks promote a collaborative care approach, encouraging practitioners from different disciplines to work together to improve outcomes for patients. 

To join your local MHPN network, visit the MHPN website or email or phone 1800 209 031.

Information resources

Diabetes SA offers a large range of resources designed to inform and educate people about diabetes. Resources are available to be downloaded and printed as required.

Members may contact us for printed copies on 1300 198 204 or by completing an order form.

To access a health, welfare and community services directory that is region specific, go to: https://www.serviceseeker.com.au/

Information for health professionals

This section provides diabetes-related information for health professionals, including best-practice guidelines, position statements and reports.

The information has been developed for health professionals by medical experts and researchers.

Person-Centred Care

Person-Centred Care Toolkit

Person-centred care needs to become the norm and part of everyday practice. The ADEA Person-Centred Care Toolkit acts as a quality improvement tool that is evidence based, practical, achievable and relevant.

Toolkit for Diabetes Educators
Toolkit for Allied Health Professionals

Best-practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes

General Practice Management of Type 2 Diabetes 2016/18

This guide provides a summary of current guidelines and recommendations from various sources on the management of type 2 diabetes in the general practice setting.

General Practice Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Guidelines Portal provides a single entry point for access to clinical practice guidelines developed for use in Australian health care settings.

Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal

National Evidence Based Guidelines for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

This series of publications by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on the management of Type 2 Diabetes represent systematically generated statements that are designed to assist health care clinicians and consumers to make informed decisions about appropriate treatment in specific circumstances.

National Evidence Based Guideline for Diagnosis, Prevention and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes
National Evidence Based Guideline for Patient Education in Type 2 Diabetes
National Evidence Based Guideline for Blood Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice

The aim of this resource produced by Kidney Health Australia is to provide guidance and clinical tips to help identify, manage and refer Chronic Kidney Disease in general practice.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management in General Practice

Guidelines for the Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

The objective of these NHMRC guidelines is to assist practitioners in making decisions about the appropriate health care of patients with retinopathy.

Guidelines for the Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes Eye Health: A guide for health professionals

This guide encourages and facilitates good diabetes management, early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye disease, as well encouraging integration and cooperation across the health system. The primary audience for this document is the broad suite of health professionals who work with people with diabetes.

Diabetes Eye Health: A guide for health professionals

National Evidence Based Guidelines on Prevention, Identification and Management of Foot Complications in Diabetes

These guidelines have been approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). These guidelines are relevant for people with type 1 diabetes.

Foot Guideline (Full)
Foot Clinical Guide

IDF Clinical Practice Recommendations on the Diabetic Foot 2017

The IDF Clinical Practice Recommendations on the Diabetic Foot are simplified, easy to digest guidelines to prioritize health care practitioner's early intervention of the diabetic foot with a sense of urgency through education. The main aims of the guidelines are to promote early detection and intervention; provide the criteria for time-adequate referral to a second or third level centers and serve as a tool to educate people with diabetes about the importance of prevention of this pathology.

IDF Clinical Practice Recommendations on the Diabetic Foot 2017

Guidelines for the Management of Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Australian Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk developed by the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA). The guidelines were released in May 2012 after approval by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk

Guide to management of hypertension

The National Heart Foundation of Australia's Guideline for the diagnosis and management of hypertension in adults - 2016 provides updated recommendations on the management of hypertension.

Guide to management of hypertension

Obesity: A National Epidemic and its Impact on Australia - No Time to Weight

This report developed by Obesity Australia aims to be an accessible source and quick reference for all those in the area who interact with overweight and obesity, in the media, in the consulting room, in schools and workplaces and in the community as a whole. 

Obesity: A National Epidemic and its Impact on Australia − No Time to Weight

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia (2013)

The guidelines provide detailed, evidence-based recommendations for assessing and managing overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children. The guidelines also highlight the health bene ts of reducing weight, and aim to improve health outcomes across a range of chronic diseases through evidence-based clinical practice.

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia (2013)

Australian Dietary Guidelines

Advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and well-being.

Australian Dietary Guidelines

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Evidence-Based Guidelines

The guideline provides thirty-eight recommendations addressing four key areas. The guideline addresses the long-term complications of PCOS including increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression and anxiety.

Jean Hailes Foundation for Women's Health

The McKellar Way

How to use the McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Settings

How to use the McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Settings

McKellar Guidelines

The primary aim of the McKellar Guidelines is to enhance the care, safety, comfort, quality of life and end of life care for older people with diabetes living in RACFs and other health care settings.

The McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Settings

ADIPS Consensus Guidelines For The Testing And Diagnosis Of Gestational Diabetes In Australia

The Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) originally formulated recommendations for the testing and diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in 1991. These guidelines were primarily based on expert opinion. Based on recent evidence, ADIPS has elected to revise these guidelines in the current document. Levels of evidence based on published studies and recommendations for future research are summarized at the end of the document.

ADIPS Consensus Guidelines for the Testing and Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Australia

Clinical Guiding Principles For Sick Day Management Of Adults With Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

This document is designed for use by all health professionals involved in the diabetes multidisciplinary team including endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dietitians and pharmacists.

Clinical Guiding Principles for Sick Day Management of Adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Clinical Guiding Principles for Subcutaneous Injection Technique

The ADEA Clinical Guiding Principles for Subcutaneous Injection Technique provide an evidence base for the injection of SC diabetes medicines for health care professionals involved in the administration and teaching of SCIT for diabetes therapies in various clinical settings.

Clinical Guiding Principles for Subcutaneous Injection Technique

Diabetes and Emotional Health Handbook

The handbook and accompanying toolkit are practical, evidence-based resources aiming to support health professionals to identify, address and communicate about emotional health problems during consultations with adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes and Emotional Health Handbook

Diabetes and Emotional Health Questionnaires

Diabetes and Emotional Health Summary Cards

Position statements and reports

2017 Diabetes Australia Position Statement

Glucose self-monitoring in adults with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Glucose self-monitoring in adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

Outcomes and Indicators for Diabetes Education: A National Consensus Position

The project to develop a national consensus on diabetes patient education was commissioned by Diabetes Australia and funded by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) with the aims of:

  1. Developing a national evidence/consensus position statement on the key desired goals and outcomes of diabetes education.
  2. Identifying nationally agreed indicators for assessing the effectiveness of diabetes education in achieving these goals and outcomes.

Outcomes and Indicators for Diabetes Education

Diabetes MILES – Australia Survey Report

The 2011& 2014 Management and Impact for Long-term Empowerment and Success (MILES) is a study of diabetes related distress, anxiety and depression in Australians with diabetes.

Diabetes MILES – Australia 2011 Survey Report

Diabetes MILES Youth – Australia 2014 Survey Report

IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th edition 2017

An atlas of diabetes in South Australia: Population patterns of prevention, detection and management

The atlas provides a broad picture of health in South Australia. The atlas aims to assist communities, practitioners, policy-makers and service planners, to understand better aspects of diabetes at the community level.

 An atlas of diabetes in South Australia, 2017

NDSS Facts and Figures

This website provides The Australian Diabetes Map showing the numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes in all parts of Australia and Data Snapshots which provide key national statistics for all types of diabetes and insulin therapy, updated every three months.

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Position Statement: 'A new language for diabetes' improving communications with and about people with diabetes

The aim of this position statement is to encourage greater awareness of the language surrounding diabetes, and identify potential improvements.

A new language for diabetes

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The institute offers a variety of diabetes related publications.

 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Developed by the Department of Health these guidelines are supported by evidence that considers the relationship between physical activity and sedentary behaviour and health outcome indicators, including the risk of chronic disease such as diabetes and obesity.

 Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Understanding insulin pumps

Information for people with type 1 diabetes.

Understanding insulin pumps

FlexIT – Flexible Insulin Therapy: For type 1 diabetes – Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute 2009

This booklet is for people who are using, or intend to use, intensive insulin therapy. Health professionals will also find the publication useful.

FlexIT – Flexible insulin therapy

Driving standards

Assessing Fitness to Drive 2016

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. From 1 October 2016, revised and clearer guidelines will help Australians with diabetes and their healthcare teams decide if it is safe to drive.

Driving and Your Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023

The Australian Government with Closing the Gap Report features key findings within Australian indigenous health and produced a strategic health plan to implement from 2013–2023.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023

National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The National Guide is intended for all healthcare providers delivering primary healthcare to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. This includes general practitioners (GPs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and practitioners, nurses, specialists with a role in delivering preventive care, and educators and students.

National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) also has a large body of resources accessible for healthcare professionals.

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Disclaimer: The information provided for Health Professionals via this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by external organisations and while we endeavour to ensure it is up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information provided. Links offered to websites not under the control of Diabetes SA do not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the linked content.

Become a Diabetes SA Affiliate Member

As a health professional, you qualify for Affiliate Membership to Diabetes SA. Affiliate Membership includes an organisation, company, institution, corporation or person interested in diabetes or the welfare of people with diabetes.

As an Affiliate Member of Diabetes SA you will have access to a range of benefits that include:

  • Education programs and activities delivered by our team of credentialed diabetes educators and accredited practicing dietitians
  • Priority notice on events, seminars and programs
  • Access to over 45 different information sheets
  • ‘My Life / Living with Diabetes’ colour magazine delivered to your door – keeping you informed on the latest Diabetes SA news, events, research and campaigns.

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