This section contains copies of or links to NDSS and external resources.
To see the resources available for the general public that may be of assistance in your interactions with your patient, please visit the Publications and Resources section of our site. There you will find information for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, older people with diabetes, carers of people with diabetes and people with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
If you are interested in NDSS data and statistics, you will find these in the Facts and Figures section.
Fact Sheets for Health Professionals
The following fact sheets were specifically developed for use by health professionals, as resources to support their interactions with people with diabetes. These are currently available on some proprietary GP software.
Resources for Health Professionals Working with Older People
As part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Older People with Diabetes National Development Program, a series of resources have been developed to support people working within residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Around one quarter of all people living in RACFs have diabetes.
Diabetes Management in Aged Care (DMAC) has been designed to provide an accessible and practical guide to diabetes management for staff working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). This guide has been written for all care staff, from carers to registered nurses. Its aim is to help care staff understand the basics of diabetes management without overwhelming them with complex information about advanced clinical care.
This resource contains information about diabetes in older people and how to manage diabetes in a residential care setting. The Fast facts have been written for care staff. The information in this resource has been drawn from the ‘Fast facts’ sections at the start of each chapter in Diabetes Management in Aged Care: A Practical Handbook. For more information on any of the Fast facts topics, see the Handbook.
An audit checklist for management of residents with diabetes has been developed with the aim of assisting residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to reach accreditation standards in regards to their residents living with diabetes. The audit checklist has been developed with input from RACFs, the Older People with Diabetes National Development Program Expert Reference Group and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.
The audit checklist can be completed electronically or printed and completed. All evidence should be documented in the checklist and also on the resident’s file.
If gaps are identified through the audit the following resources may be useful in bringing these up to the required standard:
• The McKellar guidelines for managing older people with diabetes in residential and other care settings
• The McKellar way – how to use the McKellar guidelines for managing older people with diabetes in residential and other acre settings.
Other resources for older people with diabetes
You can see the resources that have been developed for older people with diabetes, including information about healthy eating and the broader health care team in the Older People Resources section.
In the event of a natural disaster, there can be serious impacts on the ability to manage appropriate self-care for those living with diabetes and other chronic conditions. People who are normally resilient and well-versed at self-managing their condition can experience difficulties in managing that condition during an emergency, due to an interruption of their normal support systems.
This NDSS resource aims to address the needs of people with a chronic condition before, during and after a natural disaster or emergency. To assist in this, we have developed a set of guidelines for emergency services, local councils and the not-for-profit sector who deal with natural disasters and emergencies. This guide aims to provide health professionals with information about a number of health related issues that may occur to ensure that communities and individuals affected by disaster are prepared and supported in a timely and appropriate manner.
You can find the guide here.
Australia Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Position Statements
The ADEA actively promotes evidenced-based best practice diabetes education to ensure optimal health and well being for all people affected by, and at risk of, diabetes. The ADEA considers diabetes education a specialty field of health care practice.
To view the ADEA position statements, please visit their wesbite at www.adea.com.au
Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) Position Statements
The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) is the peak medical and scientific body in Australia for diabetes. The main aim of ADS is to enhance the welfare of individuals with diabetes mellitus through improving knowledge and understanding, producing management guidelines, training of health professionals and supporting diabetes research.
To view the ADS position statements, please visit their website at www.diabetessociety.com.au