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Working in residential aged care facilities

These resources have been developed for staff (clinical and non-clinical) working in a residential aged care facility (RACF) who support older people living with diabetes.

Featured videos

These videos are for registered nurses and medication-endorsed enrolled nurses.

Hypoglycaemia (hypo) – low blood glucose

Monitoring blood glucose


Disclaimer: Registered nurses and medication-endorsed enrolled nurses need to consider the scope of their practice and the individual circumstances and needs of people with diabetes when they are applying the information outlined in these videos and the associated resources in the clinical setting.

Six minute intensive training (SMITs) poster resources

Designed for use in aged care settings, these A3 posters are on a range of relevant diabetes-related topics. They are designed to provide key information which can be delivered to staff in six minutes and enable key information to be reinforced in a busy environment. They can be utilised in a variety of settings including at handover, team meetings or as a quick refresher.

Diabetes management in aged care handbook

This resource is for staff who support those living with diabetes in residential aged care facilities.

DMAC cover

DMAC: fact facts

This resource extracts the fast facts sections at the start of each chapter of Diabetes management in aged care (DMAC) handbook.

DMAC fast facts cover

Quality review tool

This resource is a useful tool for managers in aged care facilities to assess the quality of the management and care of residents diagnosed with diabetes in their facility.

Aged care resident care plan

Resident sick day plan

Every aged care resident with diabetes should have a documented sick day management plan. This template can be adapted to need.

Aged care resident sick day

McKellar guidelines (external resource)

These guidelines provide detailed information regarding diabetes management in the aged care sector.

McKellar guidelines cover

Related resources

Resources that can be given to older people with diabetes or their families and carers. While the majority of diabetes care is relevant for all age groups, there are some specific changes that come with growing older which may affect diabetes.

Anytime, anywhere support

Need information about diabetes?

The NDSS website provides access to a range of diabetes health information including videos, podcasts, booklets and fact sheets.

Older man speaking with health professional

In your language

You can access a range of diabetes information in languages other than English.

Older couple, one pushing a bicycle

NDSS forms

Forms to manage NDSS registration and access to products through the NDSS.

NDSS Helpline

Call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 for diabetes support and to learn more about the NDSS.

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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