Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated). For the Medical Professionals, Patients and Families, there is wide variation in confidence and skill in managing diabetes.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service was successful in receiving Integrated Care Innovation Fund to implement the “Diabetes Model of Care Project”. The intent of this project was to establish a system in the DDHHS region whereby patients with diabetes are able to access appropriate, evidence based clinical care in or as close as possible to their own communities and ensured health care providers feel competent and capable of providing the best care to patients with diabetes with cost effective use of resources. Throughout the project, accessing precise and easy to read information for all involved in the care of these patients was not existent or very minimal. The Diabetes Model of Care Project team identified this as an integral part of educating the community on “Diabetes”.
The Diabetes Hub’s will provide and facilitate a more educated and self-reliant patient cohort with improved health outcomes and a more confident health care provider cohort.