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Resources to support health professionals

We have resources and online learning to support health professionals and strengthen their knowledge and understanding of diabetes.

We also have a range of resources to support people with diabetes and information available in languages other than English.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce page provides access to helpful resources and training.

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Information for health professionals about assisting people with diabetes to access professional psychological support.

Assisting people with diabetes to access professional psychological support

This guide provides information for health professionals about assisting people with diabetes to access professional psychological support.

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Effective communication with people who have an intellectual disability about their diabetes

This guide provides information for health professionals about communicating with people who have an intellectual disability about their diabetes.

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Tailor your communication skills learning module

A learning module for health professionals caring for adults with diabetes and an intellectual disability.

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This learning module is aimed at diabetes health professionals, medical practitioners, nurses, and allied health professionals with a special interest in diabetes care and management. The module is endorsed by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association for four CPD points.

The aim of this online training module is to improve the ability of health professionals to:

  • communicate with individuals with diabetes and an intellectual disability
  • support individuals with an intellectual disability and their carers/support workers to manage their diabetes
  • respond appropriately to the health care challenges and needs of individuals with diabetes and an intellectual disability particularly in communicating health care information.

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For people with intellectual disability

These resources have been developed to assist people with an intellectual disability who have diabetes (and their carers) to learn more about living a healthy life with diabetes.

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Information for health professionals about access to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM) products through the NDSS.

Continuous and flash glucose monitoring devices

An information booklet for health professionals about subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM) devices through the NDSS.

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CGM and Flash GM device summary and compatibility chart

This resource has information about the devices subsidised through the NDSS, their compatibility with insulin pumps and smartphone and smart devices, and links to guidelines about appropriate use.

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Providers of care are in an ideal position to help support an older person living with diabetes. Resources to support older people with diabetes include:

Diabetes management in aged care

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

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Diabetes management in aged care – fast facts for care workers

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

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The aim of this practical guide and toolkit is to promote the awareness of, and communication about, emotional problems that adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes may experience.

Diabetes and emotional health

This practical guide is designed to support health professionals to identify, address and communicate about emotional health problems during consultations with adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes and emotional health handbook – questionnaire cards (toolkit)

Master copies of the questionnaires referred to in the Diabetes and emotional health handbook are provided so that you can reproduce them for use in your routine clinical practice.

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Diabetes and emotional health handbook – summary cards (toolkit)

Quick reference cards for easy access. Each card provides a summary of an emotional health problem: how to recognise it and how to support the person experiencing it.

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Foot Forward

The Foot Forward program is supported by the Integrated Diabetes Foot Screening Pathway – a tool that provides nationally consistent guidance for health professionals to encourage early identification and early treatment of foot problems for people with diabetes.

Foot Forward for health professionals

A range of information and educational resources to support health professionals to provide appropriate foot care for people with diabetes.

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Foot Forward modules

These learning modules are for health professionals caring for people with diabetes-related foot disease.

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Diabetes and feet toolkit

This toolkit is for health professionals using the Australian diabetes-related foot disease guidelines in daily practice and provide practical pathways to make guideline-recommended diabetes-related foot care easier to use.

Diabetes and feet toolkit

A practical toolkit for health professionals using the Australian diabetes-related foot disease guidelines.

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Foot Forward for health professionals

A range of information and educational resources to support health professionals to provide appropriate foot care for people with diabetes.

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This guide is for healthcare professionals who provide diabetes management for inpatients in hospital.

Healthcare providers’ guide to diabetes management for inpatients

This guide is for healthcare professionals who provide diabetes management for inpatients in hospital.

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This guide is for organisations and personnel who deal with natural disasters and emergencies during the planning stages such as local disaster-management groups (local council), as well as those who deal with ‘on-the-ground’ situations after a natural disaster has occurred, such as those managing evacuation centres.

The needs of people with diabetes and other chronic conditions in natural disasters and emergencies

A guide for emergency services, local councils and the not-for-profit sector on diabetes and chronic condition management in natural disasters or emergencies.

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These resources were developed to support health professionals in providing diabetes management information for people with diabetes.

Information Prescriptions

Information Prescriptions are designed to give people living with diabetes the information that they need to understand, engage with and improve on their health targets.

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Information Prescriptions: an overview for health professionals

This resource gives health professionals an overview of the Information Prescriptions and how to use them as a key to unlocking behaviour change.

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We have made it easier for health professionals to access diabetes information through their clinical management software. Find out more.

A competency framework for nurses in diabetes care and education.

National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework

The framework aims to guide the development of a skilled nursing workforce that is capable of providing a high standard of diabetes care.

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National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework – information for people living with diabetes

This information sheet is for people living with diabetes. It describes the education framework that has been created to increase nurses’ knowledge and skills in relation to diabetes.

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National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework 2020–2022

The framework is a tool that promotes life-long learning and can support the nursing profession to advance in the field of diabetes care and education with a long-term goal of improved community health.

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National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework – learning workbook

This workbook supports the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework. It is designed for those who are unable to access the online learning modules or prefer workbook-style learning.

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National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework learning modules

These learning modules support the Framework—helping nurses gain the foundation level knowledge identified in part 3 of the framework.

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National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework – information for nurses

This information sheet is for nurses working with people who have diabetes. It explains the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework and how it will help them.

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Implementing the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework – information for nurses

This information sheet provides guidance to nurses about the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework, including implementation suggestions and assessment information.

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National Gestational Diabetes Register for health professionals

Information for health professionals about the National Gestational Diabetes Register.

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Practice nurses certifying NDSS forms

Practice nurses (enrolled and registered nurses) are authorised to complete and certify (sign) some NDSS forms.

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Pregnancy and diabetes learning modules

These learning modules for health professionals who provide information about pre-pregnancy planning and care for women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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These resources are for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes planning and preparing for pregnancy.

This booklet aims to assist health professionals in providing best practice self-management advice and support for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes when they experience an intercurrent illness.

Clinical guiding principles for sick day management of adults with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

This booklet aims to assist health professionals in providing best practice self-management advice and support for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes when they experience an intercurrent illness.

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Related information

Diabetes Australia produces position statements on issues that impact on people with diabetes, their friends, families and carers.

The Australia Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) actively promotes evidence-based best practice diabetes education to ensure optimal health and wellbeing 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 website at adea.com.au.

The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) is the peak medical and scientific body in Australia for diabetes. The main aim of the ADS is to enhance the welfare of individuals with diabetes mellitus by 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 diabetessociety.com.au.

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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